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Gabrielle Stravelli

Vocalist and songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli blends musical traditions with a modern, genre-bending sensibility. The rhythmic swing of jazz frames her original compositions while as an actor and storyteller she reinterprets the Great American Songbook as well as works by contemporary artists as varied as Willie Nelson, Chick Corea and John Fogerty. Unexpected, highly individual choices are her trademark.

“Pick Up My Pieces: Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson,” released in 2019, is a jazz and blues exploration that mines Nelson’s catalog, from his earliest works to his most recent. The album’s release was celebrated with a sold out concert at the iconic Birdland Jazz Club and the album has received unanimous accolades from critics for All About Jazz, The Midwest Record, and a featured write-up in The Wall Street Journal.

“Dream Ago” released in 2017 is another creative leap, featuring original material and earning a rare five-star review from DownBeat Magazine. “Dream Dancing” the album’s opening track, was placed on the Spotify editorial playlist “Women of Jazz” and has been streamed over 25,000 times. Gabrielle and her trio showcased the album with a headlining performance at the 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival, and in performances at major venues throughout the country, in addition to touring in Italy and Norway.

Gabrielle is a master vocal teacher for the National YoungArts Foundation and is faculty for Singnasium, the Kaufman Center's Lucy Moses Special Music School and the U. S. Department of State as a Jazz Ambassador. While touring in the U.S., Gabrielle has conducted masterclasses at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (her alma mater), Loyola University Maryland, Wayne State in Detroit and the South Florida Conservatory of Music in Hollywood.

Since 2015 she has toured internationally with the “American Music Abroad” (AMA) program, performing and teaching throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In 2019, Gabrielle and her quintet headlined the Providencia Jazz Festival in Santiago, Chile, the Las Condes Jazz Festival and the 10th Annual Semana Internacional de Jazz en la Patagonia. She appeared at the 2019 Kota Kinabalu Music and Dance Festival in Malaysia, the 2016 Eleuthera All That Jazz Festival in the Bahamas, the 2013 Maree Sonore Festival in Venice and the 2013 Kastav Cultural in Croatia. Gabrielle has toured the United States with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing his masterwork Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration. She was chosen by world-renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch to premiere his song cycle, Rooms of Light, at Montclair University PAC. In 2020, she was honored with the Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording (“Pick Up My Pieces”); the 2019 Broadway World Cabaret Award for Best Jazz Vocalist; the 2015 MAC Award for Best Female Vocalist; and the 2015 Bistro Award as a Jazz Vocalist.

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Album Review

Gabrielle Stravelli: Pick Up My Pieces: Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson

Read "Pick Up My Pieces: Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

To say that Willie Nelson has been directly influenced by jazz is to state the obvious. Listen to the ever-reliable Stardust (Columbia, 1978) or check out any number of his latter-day releases--American Classic (Blue Note, 2009), Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Sony, 2016), My Way (Sony, 2018)--to experience that truth in repertoire; give his meeting with Wynton Marsalis, Two Men With The Blues (Blue Note, 2008), a spin for further proof; or simply listen to the man sing or play ...

Live Review

Gabrielle Stravelli at The 75 Club

Read "Gabrielle Stravelli at The 75 Club" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Gabrielle Stravelli The 75 Club New York, NY December 18, 2017 Jazz vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli's third album, Dream Ago, was the core subject of an intimate performance at The 75 Club, welcoming to her stage pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Pat O'Leary, and drummer Rob Garcia, and where she proved that having fun needn't mean skimping on rigor. From her delectable original “Cake of My Childhood" to Cole Porter's “Dream Dancing" (seamlessly arranged by ...

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Gabrielle Stravelli Trio Appear At Birdland on May 6th - New Release 'Beautiful Moons Ago' Streets on May 3rd

Gabrielle Stravelli Trio Appear At Birdland on May 6th - New Release 'Beautiful Moons Ago' Streets on May 3rd

Source: Scott Thompson Public Relations

Acclaimed vocalist & songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli blends musical traditions with a modern, genre-bending sensibility. Her fifth release, Beautiful Moons Ago is her first to feature her trio with pianist Michael Kanan and bassist Pat O'Leary. Over twelve years of collaborating, the trio has developed a deep musical connection that allows for great spontaneity in their performances. Recorded at the legendary Rudy Van Gelder Studio, “Beautiful Moons Ago” mines the jazz and American Songbook repertoire to bring you rarely heard gems ...

“Listening to the jazz singer Gabrielle Stravelli is like imbibing a potent cocktail whose flavor changes as you drain the glass. In the first couple of sips, the predominant taste is the sparkling wine that has drifted to the top, for Ms. Stravelli’s bright, rippling voice exudes a natural effervescence. Before long, it darkens, and the heady liquor underneath kicks in...As she dipped and swooped, twirling notes and phrases with a confidence and playfulness that recalled Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, Ms. Stravelli began interpreting lyrics with a ferocity that her vocal pyrotechnics accentuated...” - The New York Times

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