Gabrielle Stravelli to Play Two New York Engagements This Summer
She will return to Kitano Jazz (66 Park Avenue at 38th Street) on Thursday, June 29 with sets at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM. For this evening, Stravelli will be joined by Art Hirahara on piano, Pat O'Leary on bass and Kazuhiro Odagiri on drums. Tickets are available HERE.
Next month, she will debut at Jazz Standard (116 East 27th Street, between Park and Lexington) on Sunday, July 16 for their new Jazz Brunch, with sets at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. For Jazz Standard, she will be joined by Art Hirahara on piano, Pat O'Leary on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums. Tickets are available HERE.
Since the release of Dream Ago in January, it has garnered acclaim from around the country. A five-star review in Downbeat hailed Gabrielle as "a lighthouse of emotional integrity" and praised the album's "versatile band," "blissful arrangements" and "rare tactility." According to LA Jazz Scene, "Dream Ago is filled with fresh, melodic and unpredictable music from a brilliant and inventive singer. A continually surprising and stimulating set." The Philadelpia Inquirer called Gabrielle "an intense vocalist with a talent for torch-song sadness" and "a passionate singer of original jazz song with intelligent storytelling abilities." The Buffalo News said the album was "truly special" and that Gabrielle is an "arresting talent."
Dream Ago - available on the Big Modern Music label - features Stravelli's sophisticated original songs. The album is produced by David Cook (Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Marianne Faithfull), arranged by Pat O'Leary (Diana Krall, James Moody, Lee Konitz) and features liner notes from Bob Dorough. After launching the album in December at Subculture in New York, Stravelli's 2017 tour dates have included Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Detroit and Columbus, with additional shows to be announced in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.
In his liner notes for Dream Ago, Bob Dorough - the legendary musician and songwriter behind "Devil May Care," "Blue Xmas," "I'm Hip," and songs from the beloved TV staple "Schoolhouse Rock" - calls the album "a pretty swinging affair. With this outing, Gabrielle Stravelli proves herself to be a quadruple threat and force to be reckoned with. With a well-trained voice, an impressive range and a controlled vibrato, she and her estimable colleagues literally run the gamut of musical styles here: scat-to-opera, primitive-to-modern, low-tech, high-tech." The Grammy Award winning vocalist and songwriter Kurt Elling added "the first thing you notice about Gabrielle Stravelli is her voice. The instrument is rich and resonant, flexible and precise, soulful and clean. Gabrielle's new compositions are professionally constructed but manage to take us to surprising places in the future. This makes Dream Ago a rare find." Fred Hersch, nine-time Grammy Award-nominated pianist and composer, calls her"One of the top vocalists on the music scene today. She has the whole package: a fantastic instrument, great time, superb musicianship, perfect diction - and more importantly, she sings everything with a true depth of feeling. She is a gifted composer/lyricist as well. Some of these tunes may become standards some day - they are memorable, heartfelt and given terrific readings."
Gabrielle's triumphant engagement at Feinstein's / 54 Below last season was praised by The New York Times for its "intense joy" and "voluptuous delight." She recently returned from concerts in Azerbaijan, Moldova, Slovenia and Malta as part of the U.S. State Department's "American Music Abroad." She co-starred in the world premiere of Rooms of Light,the new song cycle with music by renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch. Last year marked her third annual performance at New York Public Radio / WNYC's Jonathan Schwartz Christmas Show opposite John Pizzarelli, Karrin Allyson, Bill Charlap and more. She sang with the Santa Rosa Symphony opposite Billy Stritch, appeared at the 92nd Street Y "Lyrics and Lyricists" and headlined the Eleuthera Jazz Festival in the Bahamas. Gabrielle's intimate piano/vocal duet recording Stairway to the Stars with Michael Kanan (Jimmy Scott, Madeleine Peyroux, Jane Monheit) was released last summer.
Gabrielle Stravelli toured the states with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing Marsalis's Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration. At age 15, Gabrielle began singing as a soloist with orchestras and has since performed on stages from Amsterdam to New York including Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night's Swing, Birdland Jazz Club, 92Y's Lyrics and Lyricists, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center, the Hammerstein Ballroom, Iridium Jazz Club, BB King Blues Club, Somethin' Jazz, The Garage, Fulton Theatre, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) where she opened for Esperanza Spalding and Cassandra Wilson. Gabrielle has appeared as a soloist with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops, was a finalist for the international 2011 Shure-Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and was the 1st runner-up at the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition in Harlem.
Gabrielle Stravelli will perform at Kitano Jazz (66 Park Avenue at East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016) on Thursday, June 29 with shows at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM. The cover charge is $17 and a $20 food and beverage minimum per set. For reservations and additional information, visit Kitano.com or call (212) 885-7119. She will perform at Jazz Standard (116 East 27th Street, between Park and Lexington, New York, NY 10016) on Sunday, July 16 with sets at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The cover charge is $10 with a $35 all inclusive brunch available. For reservations and additional information, visit JazzStandard.com or call (212) 576-2232.
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