Tobias Gebb is a producer, composer, educator and freelance drummer living in New York City. He has produced 4 full length recordings featuring his piano trio (Trio West) and larger group(Unit 7) that have garnered him an “Honorable Mention” by The Village Voice, features on Amazon.Com, and national and international radio play on major jazz stations(including Top 10 ranking on national American radio charts). His projects have been bolstered by the involvement of many top level players in the New York City jazz scene and beyond such as Bobby Watson(The Jazz Messengers), Ron Blake, Joel Frahm, Joe Magnarelli, Mark Gross, Ugonna Okegwo, Curtis Lundy, and Wayne Escoffery. His music has been featured on TV shows like Dexter and Parks and Recreation.
Outside of the jazz world he was a member of the eclectic-pop group Skizm and won the 1997 Grammy competition for “Best Unsigned Band.” He recorded with the infamous producer Phil Ramone under the N2K label for artist Blake Morgan with guest artist Lenny Kravits. He appeared on record with Donald Fegan (Steely Dan) while recording with artist Michael Leonhart. Additionally, Tobias played/toured with artists such as Mike Errico(Verve), Josh Dodus (VH1’s Bands on the Run) and Coral (BMG).
Tobias grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan. He started playing violin at the age of 6, switched to piano when he was 8, studied classical piano for 6 years and then finally landed behind the drum set at the age of 15. Growing up on the west side of Manhattan, his love of jazz music was influenced and solidified by frequenting old neighborhood jazz haunts such as Mikell’s and Augie’s(now Smoke) where he was able to hear great jazz musicians and develop his playing by sitting in. He received a Bachelors degree in composition from Berklee College of Music and played sessions with fellow students such as Roy Hargrove and Antonio Hart. He received a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music and in the process played with fellow alumni such as Stefon Harris, Ryan Kisor, Eric Lewis, Joel Frahm and others. During his college years he lived in the San Francisco Bay area for a short stint and played with the well-known west coast jazz pianist Smith Dobson.