Interview With Top-Gun Percussionist "Doc" Gibbs


If you are interested in top American percussionists, you should learn about Leonard William Gibbs, also known as “Doc” Gibbs.  
Doc hails from Pennsylvania and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  
We caught up with Doc when he was playing congas and percussion for Amaryllis Santiago at the  "Jose Feliciano 2013 World Tour With Special Guest Amaryllis Santiago" in Harrisburg PA.  This terrific show was produced by Syllirama Entertainment, Amaryllis's production company.  You can learn more at

Doc found a few minutes before the show to spend some time with us and share a few of his experiences with some of the greatest jazz artists of our time including Grover Washington Jr and Al Jarreau.  
Doc has played on more than 200 albums and toured with artists such as Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Ricki Lee Jones, and many others.
During this exclusive Conga TV interview, Doc tells us the story about how Grover Washington Jr gave him the nickname which stuck ever since.  Gibbs became “Doc” when Grover announced to his audience, "...There are two doctors in Philly ... Dr.J  and Doctor Gibbs.".  

He shared a few more insights about his career and about some other very interesting percussion instruments including the Cajon and the Hang Drum.  

You have also seen Doc on the popular Food Network TV  show “Emeril Live” hosted by Emeril Lagasse where he was Musical Director and leader of the house band for 10 years.
Doc is a member of the NARAS Philadelphia chapter and is active in community affairs in the local area.  









He is a co-founder of the spiritually infused organization Drums for Peace, which seeks to invoke the power of percussion in support of global harmony.








“Doc” Gibbs is a Toca Percussion artist. You can learn more about Doc at  

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