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Nowhere is Gary Gibson's music on display better than in his new group, "Yahboy!" Formed in 2005, the group is comprised of some of the finest musicians on the West Coast of the U.S., each known for his exceptional talent, and each possessing a deep understanding of the stylistic palette Gibson chooses from in his music. Though the group is relatively new, they have a mature, evolved group sound that, due in part to its unique instrumentation, offers a fresh new voice within the jazz genre.

"Yahboy!" is:


Richard Warner (flute and saxophones) hails originally from California, but has made Seattle his home since 1980. He has been a steady sideman in several of Gary Gibson's groups over the past fifteen years. He studied with Warne Marsh at the Dick Grove Music Workshops in Los Angeles and later at the Berklee College of Music. Early performing experiences included gigs with legendary bassist Ray Drummond and pianist Billy Childs. Once transplanted to Seattle, Warner's interest turned to Brazilian music, as he would play consistently with Seattle's "Beija Flor" (including gigs with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto), and tours with guitarist Phil Sheeran. His performing career has taken him to stages at Wolf Trap, the Universal Amphitheater, and the Hollywood Bowl. He has released two albums on the Narada record label.
Multi-talented keyboardist Steve Rice is equally at home on the piano, digital keyboard, organ, and accordion. He grew up in upstate New York, and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he was winner of the "Oscar Peterson Award." Steve moved to Seattle in 1986 and, as a highly regarded jazz pianist, has performed extensively throughout the Northwest United States. Steve currently tours internationally as pianist with the Harry James Orchestra. His interest in world music as a vehicle for jazz improvisation has resulted in performances and recordings with world music luminaries including Chassidic guitarist Yossi Piamenta, French electropop composer Jean Jaques Perrey, and Bollywood pop superstar Chandana Dixit.



Electric bassist Dean Schmidt grew up in Seattle absorbing the music of the household, mostly rock and roll, his father having been a big fan of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He received a bass guitar for Christmas at the age of 13 and immediately took to it. Self taught until the age of twenty, he learned records by ear, until he moved to Los Angeles to formally study music at the Musicians Institute of Technology. There, he was exposed to many different idioms, including jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian and world music. After six years in L.A., and extensive touring, he returned home to Seattle. Known for his solid time feel and outstanding soloing, he has toured Turkey, South East Asia and Japan. Currently he is busy performing with Seattle-based Latin bands Tumbao, Mango Son, Bochinche, Yerbabuena and Expresion Latina, while at the same time keeping a full teaching schedule at Seattle's "Music Works." Dean's first release, co-produced by Gary Gibson, is due out soon.
Drummer Mark Ivester is widely respected for his sensitive musicianship and sincere dedication to his craft. Experienced in many different idioms, his live performance credits are extensive. He has worked with such jazz luminaries as John Patitucci, Larry Coryell, Freddy Hubbard, Diane Schuur, Richie Cole, Eliane Elias, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderly, Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Frank Foster, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Eartha Kitt, Tal Farlow, Herb Ellis, and Joey DeFrancesco. Mark performs regularly with many Seattle-based artists, including Afro-Cuban jazz group Sonando and Brazilian keyboardist Jovino Santos Neto. He is active as a studio drummer, and has recorded numerous jingles, film scores, and album projects, including those of R&B artist Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire, Grammy award winning new-age duo Tingstad and Rumbel, Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, and a recent CD/DVD release by Mimi Fox and Greta Matassa. He holds a Bachelor of music degree, and did graduate work in ethnomusicology which included field study of Gamelan in Java. Mark is currently on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.


In concert/festival appearances, "Yahboy!" is augmented by an additional percussionist/second steel pannist.

MP3 Demo Tracks
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Pearls of Wisdom Mixed Messages
A Friday in Tunapuna Uncommon Denominator
Who's Askin'? A Little Poem for You
Minute Waltz, Part I & II The Man with the Steel Head
more demos on the cd page

YouTube Videos:

A Little Poem for You


Georgia on My Mind

String Bikini

Booking info: Two Trees Music / SeaNote Productions

P.O. Box 1222, Edmonds, Washington 98020 USA




"Bless Gary Gibson...for taking a spirited, colorful approach to the jazz genre in "Yahboy!" Having been to the Caribbean numerous times, I am familiar with the indigenous sounds that Gibson has absorbed. His utilization of steel pans gives him his own individual take on it. You can feel the enthusiasm blowing from the speakers..." - Elizabeth Jacobsen, entertainment.inuk.com

"Gibson's soloing is melodic and self-assured, and his compositions are sophisticated and totally enjoyable. The rhythm section (which features the fluid, creative drumming of Mark Ivester) really cooks throughout the recording." - Terry O'Mahoney, Perccusive Notes Magazine

"...a most welcome addition to the pan CD family. The CD is a blast! It knocks your socks off. The engineering, pan playing, and musicianship are delightful. I like the chemistry of the musicians, they all seem to be enjoying each others' company. There's never a dull moment. If it isn't Gary blowing you away with his dexterity and blending of notes, there's Richard Warner on flute, or Steve Rice on keyboards, or Dean Schmidt on bass, or Mark Ivester on drums, filling in the spaces..." -Mr. Muzik, Trinidad Guardian

"In all of my years as a music critic, I don't think I ever heard a jazz album that I could actually dance to. This is a seriously melodic record... The songs on this album are so catchy..." - Kyrby Raine, ink19.com