A week on the scene
For the local jazz community, the last week has been a long going-away party for drummer Gerry Gibbs and the members of his sextet, who are all in the process of relocating to Los Angeles. Gibbs describes the move as a bittersweet one, saying, “San Antonio has been the most amazing place I’ve ever lived. I’ve made more friends here than in New York and Los Angeles combined.”
Gibbs has roots in New York, where he’s maintained an apartment even while residing in San Antonio, and Los Angeles, where he receives many of his session gigs. In recent months, he came to the conclusion that he needed to move to maximize his work opportunities. When he told the members of his sextet about it, they quickly decided to join him in Los Angeles.
“It’s overwhelming and flattering,” Gibbs says, “but it’s also a big responsibility, knowing that five guys and three wives were all willing to uproot themselves because they believed in what we were doing.”
Making the move less traumatic than it would otherwise be is the fact that Gibbs’ sextet recently inked a deal with Los Angeles-based SMS Records, not long after his Thrasher Big Band did the same with the respected Boston imprint Whaling City Sound. The sextet’s forthcoming album will be released in March, and the big band’s live disc is scheduled for a May release (Gibbs hopes to return to SA in June to celebrate for a big-band record-release show).
“I’m not really excited. It’s just something I have to do,” Gibbs says of the move. “When it comes to jazz, New York is the front door and L.A. is the back door. But it’s still a door.”
Open mic check
After five years at Sam’s Burger Joint, Eric Geyer is moving his Songwriter’s Open Mic to Salud (8123 Broadway). The first showcase at the new location will be Wednesday, February 1, with sign-up beginning at 9 p.m. and the performances starting an hour later.
With unplugged singer-songwriters in mind, it’s worth mentioning that a must-see show this week features roots-rock legend Dave Alvin (the only musician on the planet with both X and the Blasters on his resumé) in solo acoustic mode at Casbeers (1719 Blanco Rd.) on Thursday, February 2. Call 732-3511 for more info.
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia