Meet Your NYS Music Staff: Managing Editor Jim ‘JT’ Gilbert

Jim02 (1 of 1)Jim Gilbert has been a photographer on and off for nearly 30 years. After concentrating on landscapes and portraits, Jim turned his focus to music photography. In doing so, Jim has become known throughout New York State as one of the more professional concert photographers on the scene. Music photography made a lot of sense as he has been an avid concert goer for over 20 years; he has over 50 Phish and Grateful Dead shows and more than his fair share of metal shows under his belt.

In the past year, he has photographed over 200 bands including legends such as BB King, Charlie Daniels, Phil Lesh and Rob Zombie; his work covers all genres of music. He has been able to be on-stage to shoot many world-renowned acts and continues to love photographing up-and-coming acts that come through Upstate New York.

Jim also writes for . He is a natural storyteller and loves to talk’; his imagery with the camera is mirrored in his words. His goal is to put the reader in the front row of the concert and let them experience the sights and sounds as if they were right there. For those lucky enough to go to the event, Jim’s words and images put you back in that place and time and immortalize those incredible memories that they can cherish forever.

welcomed Jim onto the team in late 2012. Since then he has redesigned the website, set up photographer guidelines and built relationships with many venues and publicist companies. He has become Editor of ‘s sister publication, Upstate Metal and has worked with numerous fellow UL staffers to bring forth the best music news in Upstate New York.

You can find Jim at most concerts toward the front (in the photo pit) with his long, curly hair, a bandanna to keep the hair out of his eyes, his signature photography vest and two Nikon professional cameras.  Besides finding his images in can also check out his professional portfolio at

Jim’s Musical Bucketlist includes Pearl Jam, Metallica, The Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen and wishes he could have seen Led Zeppelin.