14 year old Bassist Gabriel Severn releases Award-Winning debut Music recorded with World Class Musicians.

Nov. 12, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

Gabriel’s love of Brazilian bossa nova and samba inspired him to write “Song for Fina”, which he dedicated to a close family friend for her birthday. For this project, Gabriel teamed up with multiple Emmy Award winner and multiple GRAMMY award nominee Chieli Minucci, who produced and also played guitar on the recording. The stellar world-class musicians and Special EFX members Joel Rosenblatt (drums) and Jay Rowe (keys) are also featured in the project.

2018 has not been a typical year for the 8th grader, who is on a musical journey comparable to an artist at least twice his age. In the past year alone, Gabriel has won multiple awards, performed coast to coast, appeared at many notable music festivals, and recorded his award-winning original music with some of the world’s most prominent jazz artists, all before his 14th Birthday.  

Gabriel’s musical aptitude resulted in him receiving two DownBeat Student Music Awards this year, which are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education and the educational equivalent to the GRAMMYs. His maiden voyage into composing demonstrates his musical sophistication and depth and is a step into new artistic paths.

Sitting in his car seat as a baby, Gabriel’s ears were filled with jazz, fusion, and funk. He first learned to groove with a Motown tribute band at age 7, just a few months after starting bass lessons. At age 11, he received international recognition with a viral video, and that set the wheels in motion for a professional career. Gabriel is the first Markbass Rising Star, an Ernie Ball Music Man artist, and developed a custom line of bass strings made by Carlos Pavicich in France. He is also endorsed by several other companies.

At age 12 he formed his jazz fusion band, Teen Town, which has toured throughout Pennsylvania and opened for many major artists, including the Victor Wooten Trio, the Tierney Sutton Band, and the Original Drifters. Teen Town has appeared at many renowned festivals and events, including the 2018 Boscov's Berks Jazz Festival, the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, TEDx Harrisburg, and the Scranton Jazz Festival. Gabriel’s solo appearances include the 2018 NAMM Show, the 2018 Dallas International Guitar Festival, and the Berkshires Jazz Festival. He has studied with, and been mentored by, many prominent bassists, including Victor Wooten, Anthony Wellington and Adam Nitti. He’s had the honor of receiving scholarships to Wooten’s Bass/Nature Camp, the Berklee College of Music’s first Groove School, and has attended Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, the Central PA Jazz Camp, and the Keystone Jazz Institute.

For more info: www.gabrielsevern.com, contact: info@gabrielsevern.com or (570) 730-7025.



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