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Jeffrey Gimble grew-up in a jazz filled home.
Whether accompanying his bandleader saxophonist father Maynard to gigs or spending untold hours listening to the family’s vast jazz record collection, his musical destiny seemed fixed from an early age. He started studying the piano at the age of four.
It was there that he discovered the Great American Songbook, the works of the American Musical Theater and his own natural gift for singing.
After spending time in the trenches as a New York-based actor working in musicals, plays & films, Jeffrey made the move to Los Angeles saying “I’m probably the only professional actor who moved to LA, stopped acting and started singing jazz instead.”
A chance meeting with songwriter/singer/producer Mark Winkler introduced him to lyric-writing, which became a new-found playtoy. Pianist & arranger Tamir Hendelman began writing exquisite arrangements for him; Jeffrey also undertook private study with noted jazz vocalist & master coach Madeline Eastman.
Jeffrey collaborated with Winkler and Hendelman on his premier recording Beyond Up High, a release that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called “...an auspicious debut jazz album.” An exploration of standards and seldom heard gems, that Critical Jazz called “One of the best for 2013” takes the listener on a journey through the worlds of straight ahead jazz, R&B and Bossa Nova. A new male voice on the scene that All About Jazz says is “terrific in style, swing and swagger.”
Mr. Gimble has been seen gigging all about the SoCal area at Catalina Jazz Club, Vitello’s, the Merc in Temecula, the LAX Radisson’s “Jazz at the RAD” series, Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club, the West Hollywood Summer Sounds series, the Gardenia & Vicky’s of Santa Fe, to name a few.
Jeffrey’s innate musicality, big sense of swing and playful curiosity give him an approach to vocals that’s fresh, joyous and engaging. Rest assured he won’t be stopping anytime soon because he knows that time (and most importantly) the music just won’t wait…