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James Gibbs III who currently tours with 8 time Grammy nominated singer/song writer Joe Thomas - was born in Newark, and raised in Irvington New Jersey. He began playing the trumpet at the age of 14 began his jazz training at The New Brunswick Jazz Institute under instructor and legendary organist Radam Schwartz.
James performed his first professional show in December 12, 1994 for the annual WBGO Jazz membership party and Gala at The Five Spot jazz club in New York City where he was discovered by the late great jazz singer, arranger, composer, band leader, and actress Dr. Betty Carter.
She invited James to audition for her annual jazz performance program called “Jazz Ahead”. After he landed the audition, he studied with Betty and performed jazz concerts at the B.AM. (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and The Kennedy Center with other young amateur/professional musicians from all over the world.
That experience inspired James to go forth with his music career as a band leader, composer, producer, arranger, and engineer. James performs all over the world as a leader and as a side musician with other bands in many venues and festivals. In addition to his jazz training, James also plays: weddings, parties, corporate events, Reggae either as a soloist, or with duos, combos, groups/ensembles and many other styles and combinations.
James performs many styles of music from: Jazz, Rock, R&B, Gospel, Latin, Reggae, Classical, Brazilian, and many other ethnics styles like: Jewish, Italian, German, Spanish, Mexican, Portuguese, and Asian music..
James has shared the stage with many greats such as: John Lamb (bassist from Duke Ellington’s Orchestra), Rufus Reid (legendary bassist), Buster Cooper (trombonist from Duke Ellington orchestra) , Mark Whitfield (guitarist), John Lee (bassist formerly from Dizzy Gillespie’s All-Star Band), Kenny Drew Jr (pianist), Terrence Blanchard (trumpeter/grammy winning composer in Spike Lee films), Joe Thomas (8 time grammy nominated singer/song writer), Jerry Stiller (Broadway actor, singer and television star), Eric Roberson (grammy nominated singer/song writer), Smokin’ Joe Frazier (former heavy weight champion), Roy Hargrove (trumpeter), Wynton Marsalis (trumpeter/music director of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Cecil Brooks III (drummer/club owner “Cecils”), Cyrus Chestnut (pianist), TS Monk (drummer/award winning songwriter/composer/son of iconic pianist Thelonious Monk), Joshua Paul Thompson (guitarist/award winning songwriter, composer and producer), David Pic’ Conley (flutist, saxophonist, award winning song writer and producer, founder of the grammy winning R&B Group “Surface”) and many others...
1994 - Jackie Johnson “Bossacona” (Satellite Five Records)
1995 - Hunter Hayes “New Jersey Theme Song” (Independent)
2004 - Radam Schwartz “Conspiracy For Positivity” (Blue Ark Records)
2006 - Nat Simpkins/Henri Smith Band “Live At Cecils” (Bluejay Records)
2006 - James Gibbs III “Relaxin’” (Independent)
2006 - Black I “For You” (P.W.I. Entertainment)
2007 - Radam Schwartz “Conspiracy For Positivity 2 (High Note Records)
2007 - The Lab Addicts “The Lab Addicts” (Independent)
2008 - Stephen “Lovell” McLean “Live At Cecils” (Independent)
2008 - David ‘Pic’ Conley (of “Surface”) - “Birds Of Paradise” (Flow Records)
2009 - Dana Edelman “Blue Roses” (Independent)
2010 - Radam Schwartz “Conspiracy With Voices” (Arabesque Records)
2010 - James Gibbs III “The Gift Of Life” (Independent)
2010 – Wyclef Jean “Alcoholics Anonymous” (Jive Records)
2010 – Lylit “The Plan” (Kedar Entertainment Group)
2010 – Showta - Produced by Joe Thomas (Universal Records, etc…)
2010 - Hunter Hayes "It's A Beautiful Life" (Indie)
2011 - James Gibbs III - "Live" (Independant)
2012 - James Gibbs III - "The Rise Of James Gibbs III" (not released/2013)