Pianist, Composer & Musical Director Bobby Gebert, has been a major figure in the Australian jazz scene for almost 5 decades now and has performed at literally thousands of concerts, festivals and venues nationwide. Two recent albums by, The Bobby Gebert Trio, have been highly acclaimed by the most critical jazz elite here and abroad, as the finest bebop jazz trio albums ever written, produced or recorded by an Australian pianist. This jazz trio is acknowledged as Australia’s finest rhythm section featuring the maestro Bobby Gebert on piano, with two of Sydney’s most accomplished jazz musicians. Completing the trio is former Vince Jones bassist, Jonathan Zwartz and superb drummer, Andrew Dickeson who was the only non-American musician to become a semi-finalist in the prestigious International Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in 1995.
1999 will mark the rare musical career milestone of “50 Years In Music” for Bobby. It was in 1949 at the tender age of just five years old that Bobby performed his first concert and was immediately recognised as a musical child prodigy. Later that same year Bobby was entered into a music competition in South Australia where he performed and won “1st Place”, remarkable he was still only five years of age. Bobby’s list of performances in Australia reads like the “Who’s Who of Jazz”. He’s toured Australia consistently for many years with such notables names as: James Morrison, Renee Geyer & Don Burrows. However, it is Bobby’s international credentials that are most impressive having performed as a Pianist/Musical Director for dozens of internationally renowned jazz & blues artists including, two of the greatest female jazz vocalists of all time: Sarah Vaughan & Carmen McRea Bobby Gebert has performed as a Pianist and/or Musical Director with the following Australian artists (to name just a few): James Morrison Quartet, James Morrison Big Band, Don Burrows Quartet & Quintet, Renee Geyer Band, Now’s The Time, Bernie McGann, John English, John Pochee, Joe Lane, Jeannie Lewis, Delilah & John Sangster. He’s performed as a Pianist and/or Musical Director for some of the biggest names in international jazz & blues such as: Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRea, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kenny Kirkland, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Davis Jr., Eddie Henderson, Junior Cook, Bobby Shew, Connie Kay, Red Hollaway, Percy Heath, Eiji Kitamura (Japan), Helen Humes (Count Basie Orch), Dick Haymes, Mark Murphy (UK), Claire Martin (UK), & Ronnie Scott (UK) & Richie Cole.
Other Career Highlights Include: Musical Director for the stage production of “Hair” and Assistant Musical Director for the stage production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Composed and performed original music for the classic surfing cult feature film “Crystal Voyager”. Recorded a duets album with legendary American pianist Kenny Kirkland. Relocated to New York City on an Australia Council grant to compose, perform and study with the great Walter Davis Jr. among others. Composed and wrote an educational text book on jazz theory for intermediate & advanced jazz students. Permanently returned to Australia again in 1982. Personal: Born 1944 in Laura, South Australia. Trained in Classical Piano at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
What Musicians & Critics Say About Bobby Gebert:
“Like Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the Bobby Gebert Trio is an educational institution for all who pass through its ranks – and the list is long and distinguished. Of course a talent such as Bobby’s doesn’t stay still and there is continued development – but there is also an all too rare consistency, a purity of thought and integrity that makes his music an event for all who listen. He is a sculptor of the highest order...” James Morrison A.M.
“Whether improvising on a blues, a 32-bar standard or an original composition, Gebert’s playing carries weight and conviction that eschews cliché.” John Shand – Author, Jazz Reviewer & Music Critic, Sydney.
“This is the man overseas musicians pick to accompany them if they should find themselves in Australia without their regular band. Music for all seasons, with Gebert proving himself the master of just about every style of jazz, from Thelonious Monk through blues to more abstract pieces of his own composing”. Hugh Nolan – Music & Art Critic, Sydney.
“Gebert is the master in this country. Versatile enough to tour with Renee Geyer as well as Bernie McGann, he presents bop, the music of his choice, with all its refinements and spirit… from a depth of knowledge that makes his playing both traditional and unique”. Sydney Morning Herald.
“Bobby Gebert was outstanding, mature and scintillating jazz from a pianist at the height of his powers” Time Magazine “One of the most inventive of Sydney musicians” Daily Telegraph.
“The best white pianist I’ve ever played with”. US Saxophonist - Junior Cook