photo by Luke Marantz

Saxophone | Nay | Composer  

Gideon Forbes is a saxophonist, nay player, composer, and improviser in Brooklyn, New York. He has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Angelica Sanchez, Joe Lovano, and Joe McGinty & The Loser's Lounge. Gideon co-leads Nortonk, which released its eponymous debut album on Biophilia Records in May 2021. Gideon is also a member of the New York Arabic Orchestra, Big Beat Big Band, Takht al-Nagham, The Brooklyn Nomads, and Habibi Gün.

As a writer, Gideon's compositions and arrangements have been performed by Joe Lovano, The University of Arizona Jazz Studio Ensemble , The William Paterson Jazz Orchestra, OURBIGBAND, the Fogcutters, the University of Southern Maine Jazz Orchestra, and Big Beat Big Band. Other highlights include multiple performances on Maine Public Radio's Friday Night Jazz with Rich Tozier.

Gideon holds a master's degree from William Paterson University in Jazz Arranging & Composition, where he studied with Jim McNeely, Pete McGuinness, Cecil Bridgewater, and Rich Perry. As a student of Arabic music, he has studied with Bassam Saba, Layth Sidiq, Sami Abu Shumays, Johnny Farraj, and Michael Ibrahim. He was also an artist at the 2018 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. 

Gideon is available for lessons & workshops in saxophone, improvisation, and composition. He has taught workshops around the United States and abroad. In July 2018 Gideon taught at the Edward Said National Conservatory in Ramallah, Palestine, sponsored by the Muna & Basem Hishmeh Foundation.