Gabriel in New Orleans

Gabriel was in NOLA during Jazz Fest for a series of cd release shows for his new MidCentury Modern album.

He performed at The New Orleans Jazz Museum, The Mahogany Jazz Hall, and guested at Kermit Ruffins' Mother-In-Law Lounge, Snug Harbor (with the Uptown Jazz Orchestra), The Spotted Cat, and Fritzels. His band consisted of Jake Hickey (k), Adam Everett (d), Matt White 9g), Larry Turner (b), with Gabriel on trumpet, flute, and flugelhorn.

Gabriel at Snug Harbor with the Uptown Jazz Orchestra:

Gabriel at the New Orleans Jazz Museum: 'Comin' Home for Mardi Gras'

Gabriel at the New Orleans Jazz Museum: 'Mississippi Jump'

Gabriel at the New Orleans Jazz Museum: 'Tempting Fate'

Gabriel at the New Orleans Jazz Museum: 'Rockin' the Ribjoint'

Gabriel at the New Orleans Jazz Museum: 'King James'

Gabriel at Fritzels with the New Orleans Jazz Band

Comin' Home for Mardi Gras (montage) v1

Gabriel bets on a jazz trifecta with MidCentury Modern

For Immediate Release

Award-winning hornmeister Gabriel Mark Hasselbach aims for a jazz trifecta with his new album MidCentury Modern.

Gabriel is a bit of an enigma, in that his lexicon is not limited to one style of jazz, nor one instrument. He plays trumpet, flute, flugelhorn, valve 'bone, and more 'plumbing' as well. Here he has enlisted longtime iconic colleagues such as Ernie Watts, Cory Weeds, Miles Black, and Canada's answer to Gregory Porter, Mike Taylor, to craft a highly listenable project, that incorporates hard-swinging Mainstream jazz sensibilities, succinct Contemporary jazz clarity, and rollicking New Orleans jazz panache. Trifecta accomplished! 

Gabriel returns to New Orleans for three CD release concerts April 26 & 28 at the Mahogany Jazz Hall and April 27 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. He continues his tour in Canada for a May 11 CD release show at the famed
Blue Frog Studios Concert Stage

Although Gabriel has a baker's dozen critically acclaimed releases, he is best known for Contemporary jazz projects, which have garnered him seven Billboard hits so far. The two mainstream albums in his discography have made dents in the JazzWeek charts, and with MidCentury Modern, he is aiming for a Mainstream chart bullseye. The lead-off track Mississippi Jump, a remake of a Blue Mitchell classic, jumps hard like a 'sidewinder' but has also been remixed for Contemporary radio and is included as a bonus track. As the Jazz Crusaders once said, "Put it where you want it"!

Gabriel has performed at Montreux, North Sea, JVC, Chandler, and other festivals. He has performed in Japan and in Singapore (for the President!), and even in the home of Bill Gates. He has worked with artists such as Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Paul Brown, Brian Bromberg, Warren Hill, Bob Baldwin, Cal Harris, and Bob James to name a few.

He walks a fine line between contemporary and classic idioms, incorporating both effortlessly into a smooth and seamless stage show, brimming with lyricism, color, and texture. His influences range from classic artists like Blue Mitchell and Chet Baker, to contemporaries like Chris Botti and Rick Braun.

Drop date for MidCentury Modern is April 26, and is available at all digital distributors, and physical at CD Baby and


Hastings Casino Launch Party TONITE!

TONITE Hastings Racecourse & Casino launches racing season with a blowout party featuring the 8 pc band West Coast Chicago (a Chicago tribute band)! Win a 50” TV! Lots of food and drink! Free parking! No cover! Enter at Gate 6 by the Coliseum. Come hang with me and Sylvia!


Save the date: Mensa event April 14!

Occasionally I am asked to perform at an event for a really worthwhile cause, and April 14 is no exception! 
Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test. Membership: 134,000
An evening of music, deluxe wine, and a sumptuous menu is planned for April 14 at the Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel (one of my favourite venues), details below.

After expenses, funds go to the Mensa Scholarship Program which is open to full time students 18 and over - of any background - attending a Canadian post secondary institution. Parents take note, scholarships are being offered at the Mensa website.

Dinner and Wine Pairing Event

We warmly invite you to a special evening of food, wine, and live jazz.  Join your fellow Mensa members and your guests to eat, socialize, and maybe even a little dancing.  The notion is to enjoy ourselves while raising money for the Mensa Scholarship program.
Attendees will indulge in a great meal with each course paired with an appropriate fine wine. The restaurant has an excellent reputation.  The menu is listed below.
The very popular jazz musician Gabriel Mark Hasselbach will be performing for the evening.  He is a regular performer at the Pinnacle, and well regarded.
The Lobby Restaurant at the
Pinnacle Hotel in North Vancouver
138 Victory Ship Way North
Vancouver, BC  V7L 0B1
(It is a very short walk from the SeaBus.)
April 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm
The event fee is $80 with a portion thereof going to the Mensa Scholarship program.
Mensa members are encouraged to bring friends and relatives.
Seating is limited so book early.
To Reserve your spot contact Vancouver Mensa Treasurer Ricardo Kawashita at or 604-842-7054
For further info contact the Event Organizer Terry Tremaine, , 604-202-7841
I hope to see you there!


Appetizer – West Coast Bouillabaisse –Mussels, clams, prawns and fruit de mer (seafood) in tomato coconut broth with grilled focaccia
Entree – Choice of one:

  1. Grilled Wild Sockeye – Pesto risotto with sautéed fingerling potatoes with daily vegetables and citrus butter sauce (Gluten Free)
  2. 6 oz Filet Mignon – Certified Angus Beef with roast garlic smashed potatoes, daily vegetables and Cabernet demi-glace (Gluten Free)
  3. Grilled chicken, sautéed wild mushrooms, chorizo sausage in Porcini Alfredo

Dessert – Chocolate Truffle Cake – Decadent Belgian chocolate with hazelnut truffle icing, raspberry streaked meringue, caramel sauce and vanilla bean gelato

Gabriel and Michael Bublé (1997) Just in time for the JUNOs


Back in 1997 when Michael was just starting out, he was a fixture with the Sassabrass Orchestra. Here is some rare footage shot by videographer Warren Magnuson! Personnel listed:

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach (trumpet /leader); Dave Say (tenor sax soloist); Bob McDonald (tenor sax); Jim Pinchin and Ingrid Stitt (alto sax); Rod Murray and Greg Farrugia (trombone), Ross Gregory, Derry Byrne, Alex Kundakcioglu (trumpet); Dave Neal (guitar); Lorne Kellett (piano); Phil Robertson (drums); Torben Oxbol (bass).