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Gary Husband, Keyboards

Performed or Recorded With:

Alan Holdsworth
Andy Summers
Gary Moore
Juicy Lucy
Gongzilla
Jack Bruce
Jim Mullen
Julian Joseph
Julian Siegal Quartet
Tim Garland
Randy Brecker
The Syn

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Gary Husband, Keyboards

Gary Husband is one of a rare breed of musicians in that his expression is divided equally in his capacity as a drummer and a keyboardist of international repute. His classical roots, his tenure in the pop, rock, funk and blues circuits - not to mention his quest and development in the improvisational, jazz and jazz/fusion areas - are all evident inside Gary's distinct and far-reaching musical personality.

Gary's initiation into the thriving late 70's jazz/rock scene was as drummer with Barbara Thompson's group Paraphernalia, the Jim Mullen/Dick Morrissey Band, Gary Boyle Band and Jeff Clyne's Turning Point. He regularly deputised with the BBC Radio Big Band, Ian Carr's Nucleus, Ronnie Scott's Quintet (on piano) and made frequent appearances with organist Mike Carr's trio, Mo Foster and Ray Russell's RMS and the Gil Evans UK Orchestra. This diversity and wide-ranging experience placed Gary in a hugely creative environment in which he started to develop his own unique and distinctive musical voice - one that he rapidly began to establish himself a firm international reputation for following a chance meeting with the revolutionary guitarist Allan Holdsworth and the embarkation of a truly ground-breaking musical association they shared for many years - touring and recording on a regular basis from 1979 to 2000.

Throughout the '80s, '90s and into the 2000s Gary's typically diverse roster of other touring and recording collaborations have included lengthy spells with legendary drummer Billy Cobham's many touring and recording projects, (principally in the capacity of keyboardist but often also featuring regularly in double-drums duet spots), "Police" star Andy Summers, tabla maestro Zakir Hussain (recording), blues/rock king Gary Moore, Juicy Lucy (with Micky Moody, David Hentschel and others), U.S. fusion/jam band Gongzilla, recording and touring often with Cream legend Jack Bruce, regular forays in the jazz and bebop area with guitarist Jim Mullen, Julian Joseph, Julian Siegal Quartet, Tim Garland, Randy Brecker and Bob Berg's quintet, Johannes Lundburg's Splint!, pianist Geoff Keezer's trio (with bassists James Genus or Christian McBride), Alan Skidmore's quartet, stints and recordings with singer/songwriters such as Ron Sexmith, Brian Houston, Jimmy Nail, as well as an initial five-year tenure from 1987 as drummer with jazz/funk/pop giants Level 42 - an association that has been active once again since 2002, and one that has earned him great critical and public acclaim in the international arena. Gary featured as "house band" drummer back in 1989's Prince's Trust Rock Gala backing such stars as Erasure, Swingout Sister, John Farnham, Alexander O'Neal, Will Downing, Mike & The Mechanics, Mica Paris among others, under the musical direction of Sir George Martin, and also frequently took sessions producing his own live drum loops for drum n' bass protagonists such as Dillinger and "Lemon D".

He is currently recording and working on live dates (playing both drums and/or keyboards) with the legendary guitarist and composer John McLaughlin. He has been rehearsing for live work with 60's group The Syn (together with Yes bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Francis Dunnery and vocalist Steve Nardelli), scheduling future international drum clinics, working on a number of compositional projects for film and new material for his own future projects and album releases.

 

 

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