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1960s/1970s: Beginnings

Born 14th of June 1960 in Yorkshire, England to dancer Patricia Husband and musician Peter Husband. Heavily significant in Gary’s earliest memories is the experience of regularly attending recording sessions by the Northern Dance Orchestra at the BBC Playhouse in Hulme, Manchester as a child. Gary is transfixed! His father Peter principally plays flute in the N.D.O. (but also diversifies playing piano, various percussion and occasionally writing arrangements for the orchestra). Playing drums is Bob Turner – perhaps Gary’s first real inspiration on the instrument. He also gets to sit next to his father as he plays flute in recording sessions for the Halle Orchestra on occasions. At home, Gary is straining to get his hands on the piano keyboard before he can even properly reach it. more…


In 1980 (and by now with the addition of singer PAUL WILLIAMS) Allan’s IOU make their first album recording on The Barge studio (which floats on the Grand Union Canal in Little Venice, London). They later make a radio broadcast at London’s BBC Maida Vale studios (playing instrumental versions of the material). Gary also remains active setting up regular improvising sessions with STEVE TOPPING and PAUL CARMICHAEL around this period, and together they record material for (what eventually becomes released as) the CD album What It Is. IOU mix and master the  album (Allan Holdsworth IOU) at Trident studios and eventually have vinyl copies manufactured independently to sell on their busy new concert itinerary following their relocation to America in 1982. While now semi-resident in California, Gary also performs with bassist JEFF BERLIN, EDDIE VAN HALEN, bassist BUNNY BRUNEL and guitarist Frank Gambale. more…


In 1990 Gary writes and produces (for Channel 4) the short opening ‘ident’ theme for the BASTILLE DAY PARIS 200 celebrations, and the soundtrack for a French television feature on the launch of the TGV train. He records tracks on the album Shadowdance for (Dire Straights) saxophonist CHRIS WHITE (on drums). Gary also makes his London drum clinic debut at the Astoria Theatre both supporting and performing alongside drummer VINNIE COLAIUTA for Zildjian.

In March 1990 Gary forms GARY HUSBAND QUARTET (with second keyboardist Danny Schogger, drummer Frank Tonto and bassist PATRICK BETTISON) in which he plays ‘lead’ keyboards and piano. They perform a week-long engagement at Ronnie Scott’s Club. Gary makes his second album for Level 42 and tours in Japan with Allan Holdsworth. more…


January 2000 starts out with promotional dates in Europe for ALAN SKIDMORE QUARTET in support of the new album recording, including a one hour special for WDR Television in Cologne – Tribute To John Coltrane. Gary gets commissioned to write a duet piece for percussionist EVELYN GLENNIE and drummer TERRY BOZZIO. Gary (and bassist JIMMY JOHNSON) record a new album with ALLAN HOLDSWORTH in Los Angeles, and this trio begin a new tour commencing with a week in Tokyo (also recorded for a possible live album), then perform dates in Europe, picking up again touring in the U.S. later in July. Gary leaves ALAN SKIDMORE QUARTET.

In July GH opens the 2000 Rhythm Sticks Festival presenting GARY HUSBAND’S DOUBLE VISION in the Purcell Room, London. The NEW TRIO is augmented by percussionist ADAM RILEY and the concert features special guests STEVE TOPPING and percussionist PETE LOCKETT. Gary performs on piano, keyboards, drums and acoustic guitar for the show. more…

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