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Gabriel Johnson

Gabriel Johnson was born in Santa Clara, California in 1980 and grew up in Salinas, California. Early on, his greatest musical influence was his grandmother who always preached to him the importance of the arts and, most importantly, jazz. “She was the one who told me I really needed to go hear Dizzy play in 1989 at the Monterey Jazz Festival. It was there that I heard not only Dizzy but another of the all time greats, Freddie Hubbard. That was about all it took for me to say, ‘this is what I want to do.’” After practicing obsessively throughout middle and high school, Gabriel attended Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory of Music

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Article: Live Review

MONK'estra at SFJAZZ Center

Read "MONK'estra at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


MONK'estraSFJAZZ CenterSan Francisco, CAAugust 22, 2013The music of the legendary Thelonious Monk (October 10, 1917-February 17, 1982) has rarely been heard in a big band setting. The second most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, Monk's music is nothing if not popular. While Ellington composed over a thousand songs, Monk penned only ...

Album

Fra_ctured

Label: Electrofone Music
Released: 2010
Track listing: No Words; Be Serious; And Then It Was Over; Charisma Machine; You Get What You Deserve; Confusion; V.F.T.O.; Lullabye.

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Gabriel Johnson: Fra_ctured

Read "Fra_ctured" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Gabriel Johnson seemed anointed for jazz greatness: A New England Conservatory prodigy who served as musical director for Blood Sweat & Tears when he was merely 24, and was personally recruited by Clint Eastwood to serve as trumpet soloist for Eastwood's films Changeling (2008) and Invictus (2009). Then a friend hipped Johnson to electronic ...


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