Gary Hobbs became a legend in his own time as the drummer who joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra right out of college, following greats such as Gene Krupa and Shelley Manne. He first made his mark in jazz on one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking big band albums of all time; Kenton ’76.
Through the years Gary has performed with Randy Brecker, Bud Shank, George Cables, Pete Christlieb, Anita O’Day, and many more. In addition to his time with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, he has been the driving force behind other bands such as the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Terry Gibbs Big Band, the Stan Kenton Alumni Big Band, and others.
Gary is very active in jazz education and teaches at the University of Oregon. He continues to travel throughout the US presenting clinics, concerts, and teaching at summer jazz camps.
Photos of drummer Garry Hobbs in China, October 2015.