James Gibbs III and the Brick City Soul Collective / Bio

James Gibbs III (Jamesgibbs19@gmail.com)
James Gibbs III who recently worked and toured with 8 time Grammy nominated singer/song writer Joe Thomas for four years, 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...

Wedding Band Companies/Agencies:
Exquisite Entertainment (NJ/NY) (1999-2001) Owner Izzy
Time Machine Entertainment NJ (2004-2008) - Manager/Owner Joe Corey
New York Minute Band (NYC) 2006
Big City Swing (PHI) (2014) Owner Kevin Morris
East Side Swing (NYC) (2014-Current) Owner Dean Vali
New York City Swing/Uptown City Swing NYC (2012 – Current) Owner Dore
Mack and Soul Ent (2012 – Current) Owner Joe Mack
Ernie G Band (2014 – Current) Owner Ernie Gencarelli
Lovehaterz Band – (2012 – Current) Owner Randy Harris and Justina Valentine
Motor City Revue (2013)
Dream Team Band (2012 – Current) – Owner Joe Shane
Soular Rhythm (2013 – Current) – Owner Bonnie and Jack Logan
Funktion Band KLN Ent (2008 – Current) – Owner Ken Negri
Valerie Adams and the Dimension Band (1999-2000) Owner James and Valerie Manigault
Barry Herman Ent (Cashmere Band) (2005-2007) Owner Barry Herman
Karisma Music (2003-2010) Owner Benny Rosa
Jason Craig Ent (2002-2009) Owner Jason Craig
Brian Kirk and the Jirks Ent (2009-2012) Owner Brian Kirk
And many more…

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)
2014 - James Gibbs III - "The Rise Of James Gibbs III" (not released/2013)

Venues I've Performed at:
New Jersey:
Skippers Jazz Pub (Newark NJ)
Cecils Jazz Club (West Orange)
Priory Restaurant (Newark NJ)
The Newark Club (Newark, NJ)
Catas Restaurant (Newark NJ)
Trumpets Jazz Club (Montclair, NJ)
Robin's Nest (Linden, NJ)
Medleys Jazz Restaurant (Linden, NJ)
Nuno's Restaurant - Def Comedy Jam/Instant Coffee (Linden, NJ)
Giamanos (Bradley Beach)
Chicos House OF Jazz (Asbury Park, NJ)
Moonstruck Restaurant (Asbury Park NJ)
The Saint (Asbury Park NJ)
The Downtown (Red Bank NJ)
Jamians (Red Bank, NJ)
Dinosaur BBQ (Newark, NJ)
The Wine Loft - Pier Village (Long Branch, NJ)
Donovans (Long Branch)
The Mad Hatter (Long Branch, NJ)
Loft 47 (Newark, NJ)
Hell's Kitchen (Newark, NJ)
Manas Tapas Lounge (Newark, NJ)
Lia's Tapas Lounge (Newark, NJ)
The list goes on. Ran out of space..

General Info

Band Members
Sabriya Williams - Vocals, Cliff Kee - Bass, Stan Luke - Drums, Mike Parker - Keyboard, James Gibbs III - Horns
Artist Name
James Gibbs III and the Brick City Soul Collective
Profile Page
House / Contemporary / R&B

Contact Info

Newark, NJ