Gary Mallaber was born in Buffalo, NY and began taking music lessons at age 6, attending PS #45 and then onto Lafayette HS, (the "art" school), graduated with a music diploma then attended two years at The University of Buffalo. At the same time, his band Raven intently managed by Marty Angel and touted by the late Jimi Hendrix as "one of the best blues/Jazz bands ever" set off from western NY to take on The Big Apple. Gary and the boys wound up performing weekly at "the Scene" in Manhattan and became fast favorites of frequent patrons like Hendrix and Eddie Kramer. Before long, the forces at CBS Columbia Records were gently informed to sign them and the band completed and released one album with another yet unreleased, and still in the vault.
Raven went on to open shows for Led Zeppelin, The Young Rascals, Procol Harem, The Byrds, Grand Funk Railroad, and others. During this time, Gary became enamored with the Van Morrison album Astral Weeks and sought him out in an East Village nightclub. The musical chemistry clicked and soon they began preparing for a body of work which became Moondance. Followed with Morrison efforts Tupelo Honey and St. Dominics Preview - working with Jesse Ed Davis of the Taj Mahal Quartet - and moving to LA where he met the greatest southern California writing circle consisting of Paul Williams, Ned Doheny, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and Bonnie Raitt to name just a few.
A special week found Gary at the Capitol Tower recording his first album with the Steve Miller Band called Recall the Beginning A Journey From Eden. From there, he went on to be the back beat of classic Steve Miller albums Fly Like An Eagle and Book of Dreams. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Money, Bob Seger, The Beach Boys, Cher and other Rock giants have called on Gary for his always inventive musical approach to give their music something special. Gary continues to be a very sought after musician and producer working primarily out of the Los Angeles area with acts like: Internet artist Bass Reeves (If You Ignore the Truth), The Chicago Blues Reunion (a new CD, spring '09), Matty Jardin & the band Gold Spot; songs for Showtime's "Californication," the latest Ned Doheny CD and hometown band Jettason.