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For my story in this week’s magazine, I spent nine days reporting in Azerbaijan, where the government is famous for conducting surveillance on journalists. A reporter who had worked in the country told me to assume that the government was eavesdropping on all of my conversations and would likely place cameras in my hotel room. A few years ago, security services installed a camera in the bedroom of the Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, and released video of her in an intimate act with a boyfriend.

 



My wife and I came up with code words so I could let her know if she needed to call the U.S. Embassy or my editor. I left my iPhone at home. In Azerbaijan, I got two cell phones. One was officially registered to me; the other was purchased for me by a local contact. I turned off the official phone and took out the battery when I visited sources, because I had heard that the intelligence service would likely track my movements through my phone. I had oddly polite conversations with my wife every day. I used the encrypted app Signal to send messages and make calls.

 



When I met Ismayilova, who has spent time in jail and been monitored by the government for many years, I explained all my precautions. She laughed. She said she doesn’t bother anymore. I was relieved, because I realized that when I went to her house I had forgotten to take precautions, and had left the battery in my official phone. –Adam Davidson

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Charmed Life at #30 this week

Allen Kepler is a real mover and shaker in the biz and his radio network and weekly playlist is an industry benchmark!
 
Although I have had a half dozen Billboard Top 20's, now only with my current Billboard charting track Charmed Life (feat Bob Baldwin), have I joined Allen's illustrious ranks- thanks Allen W Kepler for Keeping the Drive Alive! 
Check out the video below....


Gabriel Mark Hasselbach 

New interactive video channel: 

Charmed Life on Billboard at #19 after 13 weeks - and still rising!

My svelte and funky track Charmed Life (feat. Bob Baldwin) is still moving up the charts after 13 weeks, #19 on Billboard, and debuted on MediaBase at #38!

This is the third single off my last album Open Invitation, and I have had pretty good exposure so far, with more to come.

I am lucky to have had a half dozen Top 20's on my own, and several (up to Top 5) as featured artist with others.

Buy the Open Invitation downloads or discs here... also at Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby

Download Charmed Life and booklet here (wav or mp3)  

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Gabriel at Frankie's

I have been thrilled to perform at Frankie's Italian Kitchen several times, under the auspices of Coastal Jazz and Blues and Cory Weeds... thanks!

There is a new date scheduled there for me, Feb 24, 2017, so I hope to see you all come out. My usual A-Team will be on board, including Laurence Mollerup on bass; Joel Fountain on drums, Jason Decouto on piano, and I will be featuring the super sultry Alita Dupray on original and classic tunes. Not to be missed!

Here is what went down in the past, FUNKY and SWINGIN':

GETTING FUNKY ~ LIVE AT FRANKIE'S

UnReal Blues Live at Frankie's  

King James Live at Frankie's  

Starpixie Live at Frankie's

Rockin' The Ribjoint Live at Frankie's  

Let It Slide Live at Frankie's   

Mulberry Street Live at Frankie's


SWINGIN' HARD ~ LIVE AT FRANKIE'S

Night In Tunisia Live at Frankie's 

Driftin'  Live at Frankie's

Recife Live at Frankie's  

Sidewinder Live at Frankie's  

Jazz n Samba Live at Frankie's 

I Love You Live at Frankie's

Bags Groove Live at Frankie's   

Your Saturday Hideaway

Saturday (tonight) is a cozy haven for you and me at 7 pm at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach ave on the seawall), perfect for this type of somber weekend!
They have a new, highly experienced Chef, Rodrigo Fereira (see images below), who has created a new menu, which returns Ten Ten to their roots as a tapas place, with 15 new featured tapas. Any group of 6 or more mentioning they heard about this promotion receives a complimentary Welcome Drink for everyone in the party (Ten Ten's signature Dry Prosecco, grapefruit and bitters). Last Saturday Lisa Dunn AND her City Soul Choir came in and sang - what a party with them all- and Alita Dupray also graced the stage. Come on down singers!        BTW, FREE PARKING! 

Hope to see you there, and LET'S MAKE LIVE MUSIC GREAT AGAIN! (It worked for him lol)

Chef Rodrigo
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 ciao 4 niao,

Gabriel  

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