The noisy library of New Zealand music. Few drummers anywhere have a CV to compare. Yet he is quick to praise other drummers and downplays his own achievements. Born in Auckland, 19 February , Frank Gibson Jr was named after his father, a renowned drummer, and he grew up surrounded by music and musicians. At age six he was rapping drums patterns on the floor using pencils and sticks, and at age eight he performed a drum duet with his dad at the Auckland Town Hall.
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He is recognised in the international Jazz community as an icon and fantastic player. He is one musician who could play with any jazz group in the world and has shown his ability to play in any genre due to his wonderful feel, outstanding technique, and great empathy. All of this has given Frank a very successful career. Currently he is endorsing Yamaha drums, Paiste Cymbals, and Promark sticks in which he has his own signature drumstick. Recently, Frank has kept busy playing overseas festivals and clubs such as the Melbourne Festival and Bennett's Lane, playing the occasional gig in LA with long time friends Putter Smith and Alan Broadbent, playing the usual local festivals, music in parks and gigs, tutoring in jazz at Massey University, and running drum clinics and his private drum tutoring practice.
And he's never stopped. The son of the late drummer Frank Snr, he has played rock and pop, appeared on over albums and helmed three great Kiwi jazz bands: Dr Tree , Space Case and Jazzmobile. Q: Congratulations on 50 years of playing. Do you remember that first time you played in public? A: Yeah, my dad had been teaching me informally since I was about 6, it was rote learning and not reading. We played a duet at the Auckland Town Hall.
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