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Gary Husband

First professional position playing drums -one nighters, dances, broadcasts etc. with SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA, aged 16, stayed eighteen months. Other freelance session work, composing for B.B.C./Y.T.V. jingles etc. Cabaret work with LULU, THE BACHELORS, MATT MONRO, FRANKIE LAINE etc. 

Around the late 70s, established a musical partnership with guitarist ALLAN HOLDSWORTH working in a group that is still evolving to this day, many albums and international tours later.

Following the successful launch in 1982 of ALLAN HOLDSWORTH "I.O.U." in the U.S., work with many others included stints with JEFF BERLIN, EDDIE VAN HALEN, BUNNY BRUNEL BAND, mostly in California.

U.K., 86, joined Nikki Squire's ("Yes" type) group "ESQUIRE", but was soon back in the U.S. with HOLDSWORTH.

In late 1987 was approached by bassist MARK KING to join his LEVEL 42 on drums and throughout the almost five year association was featured extensively also as a writer and piano/keyboardist on three album recordings. In 1989 performed as "house" drummer for band and orchestra, (under baton of GEORGE MARTIN), formed for the PRINCE'S TRUST ROCK GALA, backing (along with Level 42) MICA PARIS, ALEXANDER O NEAL, MIKE & THE MECHANICS, JOHN FARNHAM, SPANDAU BALLET, WILL DOWNING, ANDY BELL, SWING OUT SISTER and others.

Around late 80s, wrote, arranged and recorded for Channel 4 U.K. the ident for BASTILLE DAY "Paris 200". Also the soundtrack composition for the FRENCH T.V. launch of the T.G.V. train.

Performed with drummer VINNIE COLAIUTA in a special double drum clinic by Zildjian at London's Astoria Theatre also during the late 80s, ...received standing ovation for a duet !
In March 1990, the GARY HUSBAND QUARTET performed a successful week long engagement at Ronnie Scott's Club performing piano and "lead" keyboards in this band). Upon leaving Level 42 in March 92, joined legendary bassist JACK BRUCE for touring/recording U.S./Europe performing both on drums and keyboards. Remained with him working in a trio format that eventually featured GARY MOORE on guitar (as featured on Moore's "Ballads & Blues" album).
1993 started working regularly with BILLY COBHAM touring/recording internationally principally as keyboard player but also performing with Billy the now legendary double drum solo spots that continue to enthrall audiences across Europe & the U.S. regularly. Newly formed GARY HUSBAND GROUP performs at the European Meeting of Music & Arts in Sardinia at the close of 1994.
July 95 performed a debut SOLO concert at London's Royal Festival Hall Purcell Room.

Early 96, began work in the U.S. playing drums on an album project by guitarist ANTHONY HINDSON entitled "It's A Curious Life", which also features among many others ZAKIR HUSSAIN, JACK BRUCE and violinist L. SHANKAR. Some other further album recording around this period reculted in an album called "Thrive" in the U.S. with a Canadian group called GONGZILLA, "We Go Back" by the England based (guitarist), JIM MULLEN'S QUARTET in a more classic bebop mode, and the album "Dark Days In Paradise" with GARY MOORE. Toured later in 96 through Europe with ANDY SUMMERS GROUP, again with COBHAM, then around U.K. for a debut string of dates with singer/songwriter RON SEXSMITH. Later still, recorded "Crocodile Shoes II" for singer/actor JIMMY NAIL in London.

April 2000 touring begins with Allan Holdsworth Trio for a week in Tokyo (recorded for a possible live album), through Europe, then picking up again late July for a U.S. East Coast and N.Y. run. Gary leaves Alan Skidmore Quartet.

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