Frank Gibson Jr Profile

John Dix
14 May 2014

Frank Gibson Jr’s beat has gone well beyond Drum City: he clocks in at Drum World. Few drummers anywhere have a CV to compare.

Among the highlights have been touring and/or recording with Nat Adderley, Frank Foster, Johnny Griffin, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Leo Sayer, John Scofield, Dusty Springfield, Sonny Stitt, the Temptations, Rick Wakeman, the Walker Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Ernie Watts and Jimmy Witherspoon. He appeared on Lonnie Donegan’s 1978 comeback album, Puttin’ On The Style, which featured Rory Gallagher, Elton John and Brian May sharing drumming duties with Ray Cooper and Ringo Starr, and Gibson’s 1982 album Parallel 37 features a who’s who of New Zealand players plus international guests Milt Jackson, John Scofield and Bobby Shew.

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A 10-year-old Frank Gibson Jr. with his band, The Juvenolians. From left: Rodger Curtice (piano accordion), Frank Gibson Jr, Bob Williams (piano), Denis Duval (trumpet).
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An image taken for the cover of Frank Gibson's Jazzmobile, a group that made one album for Kiwi in 1987. The lineup was Frank plus Phil Broadhurst (piano), Brian Smith (saxophone), David Woodbridge (trombone), David Colven (saxophone), Andy Brown (bass) and Kim Paterson (flugelhorn and trumpet).
Frank Gibson Jr., aged 8, with his primary school rock and roll band
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Frank Gibson Jr. aged 20 at the 1966 Tauranga Jazz Festival
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The 1975 Dr. Tree album. Dr. Tree were one of the first live acts to hold down a residency at Auckland's Globe Tavern, where they pulled regularly large crowds on Mondays for many months.
Frank at Auckland's London Bar, 1999
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US saxophonist Joe Henderson with Frank at Auckland's Gluepot in the 1980s
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Kim Paterson onstage at Your Father's Mustache, Auckland, with Space Case: Frank Gibson Jr (drums), Bruce Lynch (bass), Murray McNabb (keyboards).
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Frank at a 1972 drum workshop
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Frank Gibson Jr's New Bop Quintet, K Road, Auckland, 30 Sept 2020
Frank aged 17
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Frank Gibson Sr. and Frank Jr., Auckland Town Hall, 1954
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A five drummer session recorded at the ZB studio in Durham Lane, Auckland in the mid-80s
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Frank Gibson Jr, American Jazz drummer Louie Bellson, Frank Gibson Sr. at the Balmoral Drum City store
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Frank Gibson Sr. with Frank Jr., 1998
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Frank aged 10, already the seasoned drummer
In London in the late 1970s
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US saxophonist Ernie Watts, Alan Broadbent (piano), Andy Brown (bass) and Frank Gibson Jr. at Auckland's Gluepot in the 1980s
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After being assured that the crowd was mixed Frank Gibson Jr. accepted a gig at South Africa's Sun City with Leo Sayer. The crowd was not mixed.
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The setup for the 5 drummer session at ZB Studios, Durham Lane, Auckland
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Frank Gibson Jr.
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The Juvenolians' show diary as kept by band manager Frank Gibson Sr, 1955-56. "Didn't win anything but received the most applause and had moral victory. Was later told by a judge that Frank [Jr] had been placed 1st but couldn't give him prize on account of whole group had entered."
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Frank Gibson Jr. with Leo Sayer
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The Juvenolians with UK bandleader Ted Heath. From left: Rodger Curtice (piano accordion), Bob Williams (piano), Ted Heath, Denis Duval (trumpet). Frank Gibson Jr. is in front of Heath, who said to Frank Gibson Sr that if he brought the band to the UK, a gig at the London Palladium would be organised.
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Murray McNabb, Frank Gibson Jr, Neil Watson - The Wine Cellar, Auckland
The Alan Broadbent Trio, 1985: Frank Gibson Jr., Alan Broadbent and Andy Brown. This trio recorded the Song Of Home album.
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In Perth backing Carmen Lunde
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Murray McNabb and Frank Gibson Jr. head overseas in 1974
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The eight year old Frank Gibson Jr. at Auckland Town Hall, October 1954.
Frank Gibson Jr. with Dr. Tree in the mid-1970s
The Embers with Frank Gibson Jr. (right) in the mid-1960s. With Frank is bassist Yuk Harrison and jamming guest drummers Roger Sellers and Alan Nash.
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Space Case, from left: Andy Brown, Frank Gibson Jr, Brian Smith, Kim Paterson, Murray McNabb.
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Frank Gibson Jr. aged 17
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New Zealand jazz funk fusion band Space Case, active in the early 1980s. Clockwise from top left: Kim Paterson, Brian Smith, Murray McNabb, Andy Brown, Frank Gibson Jr.
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"This is Dr. Tree" - a profile of the famed mid-70s band. They recorded just one album for EMI in 1975. Only 500 copies were pressed, thus ensuring a collector's price in the 21st Century of hundreds of dollars.
Frank Gibson Jr. in 1967
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Frank Gibson Jr. in 2007 performing a drum solo at Marama Hall, The University of Otago
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