Gabrielle Cavassa is a New Orleans-based, California-raised vocalist and composer of Italian descent with a distinctive voice and boldly intimate expression. She was crowned winner of the 2021 International Sarah Vaughan Vocal Jazz Competition at age 26 and garnered attention in 2020 for the independent release of her self-titled debut album, which highlights Cavassa's songwriting and interpretation through layers of intimacy and raw self disclosure.
Cavassa became acquainted with the music at a young age, when she began collecting, cataloguing and “obsessively listening” to jazz records before falling into San Francisco’s live scene. While in college at San Francisco State University, where she received a music degree, she worked at intimate venues and on famed stages throughout the Bay Area from Club Deluxe to SFJAZZ. In 2017, Cavassa found a home in New Orleans, where she currently resides. There, she continued to develop her talents as a vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader, touring as the lead singer of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, led by Adonis Rose, and leading a jam session at French Quarter club The Starlight. Something really clicked for me there, she says of the beloved jazz club, I finally learned how to perform.
Cavassa released her debut album, co-produced by Jamison Ross, in 2020, with features from saxophonist Braxton Cook and trumpeter Ashlin Parker
[Cavassa is] a producers dream. She has a truly original approach to the music which is quite refreshing
and much needed. —Gary Walker, WBGO
“An extraordinary interpreter of song.. she surely had the audience hanging on to her every word”
—Raul da Gama, Toronto Music Report
unpredictable and deeply intimate performance —Offbeat
A very distinctive voice —WBGO
Cavassa wielded her light, supple voice like a paintbrush as she colorfully played with time, lyrics,
phrasing and melody. —Michael Barris, Downbeat