A fine supportive player (whether on drums or banjo), John Gill (who is a different person than the pianist of the same name) has recorded four enjoyable sets for the Stomp Off label. He grew up in the same neighborhood that Tony Sbarbaro of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band lived; Sbarbaro has long been his main influence on drums. Gill gained early experience playing with Tony Parenti and Vince Giordano in a variety of settings. In 1977 Gill he moved to San Francisco and joined Turk Murphy's band, playing drums, banjo and soprano saxophone. During 1984-85, Gill (who was still with Murphy) recorded a pair of Stomp Off sets on drums with his Original Sunset Five, a group also including some of Turk's other sidemen including pianist Ray Skjelbred. During 1986-87, John Gill headed an expanded ten-piece band on his two other Stomp Off dates that he called his California Sunshine Boys, this time playing banjo.
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