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51st ANNUAL MILE HIGH JAZZ FESTIVAL

PRESENTS

GREG GISBERT

GUEST ARTIST

 

As a child Greg played drums with his father.   He moved with his family to Denver in 1971.   Later he picked up the trumpet and flugelhorn.   During high school Gisbert performed with the 1983/84 McDonaldís All-American High School Jazz Band; he toured and recorded with the group.   He graduated from Heritage High School in Littleton in 1984.   After high school he attended the Berklee College of Music where he recorded alongside Cyrus Chestnut as part of Phil Wilsonís Rainbow Band.

 

During his time at Berklee Greg was offered to go on the road with Buddy Rich.  Credits include:  Buddy Rich (1985-86), Woody Hermanís band under Frank Tiberi (1987-89), John Fedchock and Maria Schneider, Gary Burton (1989), Lew Anderson (1989) and Toshiko Akiyoshi (1989 and subsequently).   In the 1990ís he played with Mingus Epitaph (90-92), Frank Wess, Clark Terry, Mickey Tucker and Buck Clayton (1991), Danny DíImperio (91) Norman Simmons (92) John Hicks (92) Fedchock and Schneider again and with the Convergence quintet.

From 1994 to 1997 he worked with Joe Roccisano and recorded with Chuck Bergeron, Loren Schoenberg and Ken Peplowski.   He accompanied Carol Sloane and Susannah McCorkle in large ensembles in 1996.   He has recorded three albums under his own name for Criss Cross Jazz.

 

He has also branched out in producing; bringing the up and coming conductor and composer Chie Imiazumi, to the publicís attention, acting as producer of her debut album, Unfailing Kindness.

 

Gisbert is a founding member of Convergence, whose members include Paul Romaine on drums and Jon Gunther on saxophone  The highly regarded group is based in Colorado and can often be heard playing at the Pec Too in North Denver. 

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