Mike Gibbs

(Hear Mike's piece here, recorded live at Manchester Jazz Festival.)

Mike is a composer, conductor, arranger and trombonist. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he has worked with many jazz greats including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Mike Stern and Joni Mitchell.

He made his recording debut in 1962 as arranger and composer for Gary Burton, with Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Tommy Flanagan and Joe Morello. After studying in America, Mike moved to the UK in 1964, playing trombone for Tubby Hayes, Graham Collier, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. By the late 1960s, Mike was generally recognised as one of the leading young composer/arrangers in jazz and in the early 1970s he won several 'Melody Maker' awards including First Composer, Best Big Band, First Arranger and Musician of the Year.

Mike has written extensively for film and television, in addition to regularly working with the NDR and WDR Big Bands in Hamburg and Koln and more recently with the HR Big Band in Frankfurt. In 2004, the Birmingham Conservatoire awarded him an Honorary Fellowship.

In 2007, he toured the UK with a large group of his own which included Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum and Chris Hunter, to celebrate his 70th birthday.

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