PROPULSION LIFTS OFF: BDSradio Smooth Jazz Most Added for November 3, 2014

Woohoo! Off to a good start! 
First week out at radio and PROPULSION (feat. Greg Manning) is NUMBER ONE MOST ADDED! 
Also 5th most increased spins at +37

Listen to or download PROPULSION
Here are some of Gabriel's Billboard charting tracks from 2011 thru 2014

Rockin' The Ribjoint from 2011 Album of the Year (Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards)

Starpixie from 2012-2013 Kissed By The Sun

Lock It Up from 2012-2013 Kissed By The Sun

Ready When You Are from 2012-2013 Kissed By The Sun

Seabreeze as featured soloist from Bob Baldwin's 2014 release Twenty

Chameleon 3000 as featured soloist from Bob Baldwin's 2014 release Twenty

Apache Warrior as featured soloist on 2014 Paul Hardcastle 7


Rockin' the Ribjoint TONIGHT!

Hey Everyone,

What a beautiful day it turned out be in Vancouver! Coincidentally it is a perfect day to pop out for a tasty dinner and some (also) tasty jazz and R&B with moi!

I'l be at Ten Ten Tapas tonight at 7 pm with my special guest performers Lisa Fennell and Billy Dixon, both stars in their own rights~ we really get the place Rockin' till around 10 pm ... and on that note:

The master chef there Matthew Phillip has named a dish in honour of my first Billboard charting hit Rockin' the Ribjoint (download/stream link below) called Rockin' Ribs! 

The Rockin' Ribs Special is only on Saturday nights, and consists of Matthew's unique and succulent ribs plus a glass of house red/wine wine or a pint of beer for only $20. Hey you can't get a deal like that anywhere else!

They have also launched (just yesterday) their new Fall menu, see below, and check out the ad currently running in the West Ender magazine.

Funky Halloween Jazz

 HALLOWEEN FRIDAY I am performing with my full band at,  the great restaurant and music bar on Comox @ Denman.  Costumes are optional, but funny hats and noses are likely to adorn band members.... 

Come hear some first time performances of new tracks from my upcoming album OPEN INVITATION, and check out the new lineup of hotshots I will have with me: Olaf Deshield on guitar; Brian Scott on bass; Jason DeCouto on keys, and my old standby Don Powrie on drums. We play it FUNKY!

Be there or be square... it's a perfect way to spend a freewheeling Halloween.... (Easy parking, too!)

Here is a sample of a new song which we will be performing there:

BTW, my new single PROPULSION has started to get adds at radio worldwide.....

GabrielJazz; Five Alarm Funk; Billy Dixon; Halloween at 1789!

Hey Everyone!

Great music on the horizon, and a very busy week ahead....

Below you will find a snippet from a tune on my new cd which will be out soon. Here is the tag to Init2Winit, featuring two of Vancouver's Finest players, guitarist Adam Rohrlick and saxman from Five Alarm Funk, Dameian Walsh. Hope you dig the wild vibe!

Today I perform with Billy Dixon at Lux Lounge at 1189 Howe at 4 pm, then head over to Ten Ten Tapas for my regular 7 pm ROCKING THE RIBJOINT Saturday gig, which is always a perfect trifecta: Food, Friends, and Fun! TONIGHT THERE IS  A SPECIAL with Ribs and any glass of wine for $24! Guests tonight will include Lisa Fennell, Billy Dixon, and more...

Sunday I am at the Hard Rock Casino in the Unlisted Lounge from 1-5 pm, and if October is your birthday month, come before 2 pm to claim your gifts and enter the sweepstakes for the Birthday Folks only!

Next week is the big one! HALLOWEEN FRIDAY I am performing with my full band at,  the great restaurant and music bar on Comox @ Denman. (Easy parking, too!) Costumes are optional, but funny hats and noses are likely. Come hear some first time performances of new tracks from my upcoming album Open Invitation, and check out the new lineup of hotshots I will have with me: Olaf Deshield on guitar; Brian Scott on bass; Jason DeCouto on keys, and my old standby Don Powrie on drums.

Be there or be square... it's a perfect way to spend a freewheeling Halloween!

SPECIAL ADDITION to tonight's Candlelight Dinner 7 pm

The owners of Ten Ten Tapas, Derek and Diane Oelmann, and their master chef Matthew Phillip, have created a special menu and a really fun event to celebrate 'Offtober', BC Hydro's month long Power Smart energy saving promotion.

The response has been tremendous, and as an added bonus, I am going to give a sneak preview of my new album, which won't actually be unveiled until after Christmas. I will mostly just be enjoying dungeoness crab from tonight's special menu, and doing a little playing of my horns, but for those in attendance, I will have my full album OPEN INVITATION playing over the house system. We will also have a few special guest performers tonight, including Lisa Fennell and Gerry Boey.....

Come and enjoy a jazzy candlelit night out that won't break the bank!

Here is a sample of one of my new songs- perfect with candlelight I might add! LOVELIGHT

and be sure to make rezzies! 604-689-7800

Hope to see you there.... 7 pm or so!

If you miss tonight, I'll be back for my regular Saturday eves, with special guests. Don't be a stranger....

New CD and upcoming shows

Hey Friends and Fans,

Lots to report this week!

I have been in the studio long hours and am nearing completion on my new album Open Invitation.

The first single is going for adds at radio Oct 27 and it is a real bottle rocket!

It features chart topper Greg Manning on keys and an explosive rhythm track by Lew Laing... 

Stream or download PROPULSION below.


Don't forget my regular Rockin' the Ribjoint event at Ten Ten Tapas this Saturday... special guests will be on hand. I love the vibe there!


Be sure to save Halloween (Friday Oct 31) for a very spooktacular (but still jazzy&funky) 8 pm performance at Club 1789.

It is situated on Comox @Denman, next to the Coast Hotel. I have a new crew on deck, including Olaf Deshield on guitar, Jason DeCouto on keys, stalwart Donny Powrie on drums, and local groovemaster Brian Scott on bass. We will be debuting some tunes from the new album, of which advance copies will be available Dec 1, with a full worldwide release Jan 18, 2015.

I want you to come on out for one of these and have an awesome time!

A long weekend moment in the sun -tonight!

Hey Everyone,

The Japanese typhoon never dumped its promised residual wetness on us, so here we are on a VERY summery Saturday in mid October!

Make hay while the sun shines, and come on out to Ten Ten Tapas tonight at 7 pm where I will be playing... the waterfront patio will be warm and inviting and your food, service, and entertainment will be topflight!

Riley Inge should be coming down to sit in, and we have a few other superstars like Cecile Larochelle, Marlin Ramazzini, Joe Chappel, and Willy Ward that will come down if they can get away from their busy schedules. Gerry Boey may also drop in after his recent tour of Spain!

This is the PERFECT way to usher in a Thanksgiving Long Weekend...... On the seawall at 1010 Beach Ave (near the Burrard Bridge overpass)

Why don't you drop by for some cool tunes?

The weather is great this weekend, so get out and about!

I will be performing at Hard Rock Casino on United Blvd in Coquitlam tonight, Friday, starting at 9:30 pm... come and have a little free spirited fun!

And tomorrow I am back at 7 pm at my longstanding regular haunt Ten Ten Tapas.... where I am always Rockin' The Ribjoint. 
Special guests always join me and we have a great time, guest musicians and singers welcome. Awesome food, view, and music! 

I will be there for new Year's Eve, so book early!

Check out a preview of my new single out in a few weeks- it goes far beyond just a jazzy thang!..... Propulsion!

ciao 4 niao,

♬♩ Gabriel Mark Hasselbach  ♬♩
Juno Award winner and Album of the Year winner 2011

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This week in the world of Gabriel Jazz

Well here we are, after an awesome summer, the first day of Autumn come and gone, a little damper in our bodies, but not in our spirits!

A good weekend is planned, so please join me!

Tonight, Thursday I have a trifecta on the go...
First, at 6 pm Sylvia and I are heading to an Art Opening at the Archer and Horseman Gallery at 208 E 16th, to take in the trio of amazing artists:
Raymond, Mischa, and Philip... Tim Chow is having his birthday and will also be playing music there. I just might sit in....

After that, around 7 pm we head over to The Fairview (Broadway and Laurel) where John Nolan has performed steadily for over 20 years. I will definitely sit in! John plays great drums and always has a crack band...

Around 9 pm we will head over to Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Ave, on the seawall), where the little lady with alotta larynx, LJ Mounteney is performing with Ron Thompson..... they make a great musical team and yes, I will bring my horn....

TOMORROW, Friday, I am at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam at 9:30 pm in The Unlisted Lounge. This is a fun little gig with lots of friends dropping by for a drink and some tasty food. 

THEN ON Saturday eve at 7 pm, I am at MY regular gig at Ten Ten Tapas, and special guests such as Billy Dixon and Lisa Fennell are slated to perform. BTW, I am producing Lisa's first album, due in the spring).

FOLLOWING THAT, on Sunday I am back at the Hard Rock, where they throw a big party for ANYONE who has a birthday in September! Regular patrons are welcome, but if you are a September Baby, come to The Asylum at 12:45 pm and register for big prizes. I play there at 1 pm, and move over to The Unlisted from 2 until 5pm.

Hope to see you this weekend!

As a bonus, here is a sample from my upcoming album: 

♬♩ Gabriel Mark Hasselbach  ♬♩
Juno Award winner and Album of the Year winner 2011
5 singles hit Billboard charts-    

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R.I.P. Kenny Wheeler and Joe Sample

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September 19, 2014



Kenny Wheeler, Trumpeter and Flugelhornist, Is Dead at 84

By Jeff Tamarkin

Kenny Wheeler, the trumpet and flugelhorn great who was born in Canada but spent most of his life in Britain, where he became a major jazz star, died Sept. 18 at age 84. The place and cause of death were not announced but Wheeler had been in ill health for some time; he’d been living in a London nursing home and had recently been hospitalized. Wheeler’s versatile approach ultimately allowed him to work within various milieus, including big band, post-bop, fusion and free jazz. As a leader he recorded albums for ECM, CAM Jazz and other labels and he served as a sideman or collaborator with a range of diverse artists including Keith Jarrett, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell and Dave Holland. As an educator, Wheeler was a founding patron of the Junior Jazz program at Britain’s Royal Academy of Music and was the subject of a yearlong exhibition at the Academy Museum.



Kenny Wheeler
Photo by W. Patrick Hinely


Joe Sample, Keyboardist and Composer, Dies at 75

By Jeff Tamarkin

Joe Sample, the keyboardist and composer who co-founded the Crusaders—originally the Jazz Crusaders—and flourished as a solo artist in the wake of that band’s breakup, died Sept. 12 in his hometown of Houston, Tex. Sample was 75 and was known to have suffered two heart attacks in recent decades. Sample’s artistry transcended genre. With the Crusaders he moved seamlessly between hard bop and, later, a more R&B-rooted funk that ultimately prompted the group to drop the word jazz from its name. On his own, primarily on acoustic piano, Sample’s lyrical phrasing and crystalline sound could be found on recordings made as a leader and in collaborative situations, including three duo albums with singer Randy Crawford in the 2000s. He was also a prolific sideman, working not only with jazz musicians but top names in the pop, rock and R&B worlds.



Joe Sample
Photo by Perry Hagopian


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