Rod Gilbert has been a well known musician and singer on the Australian jazz circuit since co-founding the premier four-piece swing band The Shuffle Club in 1999. Performing live since age of 16, he is now firmly established as one of Australia’s most sought-after front men and talented drummers – with critics comparing his smooth warm tones to the likes of Sinatra and Bobby Darin and his drumming style to that of Art Blakey, Max Roach and Ed Thigpen.
With his unique ability to make every member of an audience feel that they are experiencing a truly personal performance, he has become a familiar figure as part of The Shuffle Club in jazz, arts and cabaret festivals throughout Australia, Japan and the UK and also performing with The Syncopators throughout Europe.
Now based in Melbourne, Rod is still regularly performing across the world to sold out houses and five-star reviews. He has featured alongside accomplished performers Gil Askey, Julie O’Hara, Katie Underwood, Bob Sedergreen, Steve Sedergeen, Bob Valentine, Debra Byrne and Peter Gaudion – having also performed and collaborated with international talents Nina Ferro (UK), Warren Vache (USA) and Corey Wilkes (USA).
Rod also plays regularly in the tightly-arranged piano-trio, Overproof, and is often seen fronting big bands at corporate events and festivals, including The Bobby Darin Story and his newest show A Fine Romance. As a mark of his impecable taste, Rod Gilbert only plays Gretsch drums.