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Gino Banks

Gino has been fooling around with the drums since he was 8 years old and took it up seriously at the age of 15. He is the son of Louiz Banks, India's legendary jazz pianist and composer, and started touring abroad with his father's indo-jazz fusion band SANGAM when he was just 9 years old. Gino is a versatile player, this trait leads him to performing and recording with artists and bands of all types of genres.
Gino also had the honor of playing a few tracks on the "Miles From India" album produced by Bob Belden, nominated for a 2009 Grammy in the Contemporary Jazz Category with Times Square Records, NYC; a fusion of Great Indian Classical Musicians and Miles Davis Alumni Musicians.

Line up

Ron Cha: piano; keyboard
Gino Banks: drums
Sheldon D’Silva: bass
Loy Mendosa: bass

Shows

Gino has performed in India and all over the world, with artists like his father Louiz Banks, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Rashid Khan, U. Srinivas, Fazal Qureshi, Taufiq Qureshi, and Pt. Vikku Vinayakram.

Bollywood sessions and gigs with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Salim-Sulaiman, Vishal-Shekhar, Pritam, and Hariharan;Fusion groups like SILK, Yuva, Niladri Kumar’s Sitar Funk, Rakesh Chaurasia, Dhruv Ghanekar, Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan and Bala Bashkar.

Rock bands like Helga's Fun Castle, Gary Lawyer, Skinny Alley, Joe Alvares and Zero.

Performances with international musicians like Mike Stern, Guthrie Govan, Tony Lakatos, George Brooks, The Maske Trio, Leni Stern, Jay Oliver, Angela Hagenbach, Jonas Desai and Carl Clements.

Berklee Performance Center- Boston

Royal Opera House (Mumbai)

Press

"Born and brought up in a musically vibrant family and under the tutelage of the legendary Louis Banks, known as Godfather of Indian Jazz, Gino derived inspiration from many sources"

-Radioandmusic.com

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