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.

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Kenny Wheeler
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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.

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Busy coupla weeks, and it continues!

Hey All!

I am just returning from New Orleans where I played the French Quarter almost every night. Let me know if you want to know of some cool places to go or if you need accoms if you visit the Big Easy!

Wednesday at 8pm I start a new jazz series at Romano's Restaurant at 4600 E Hastings in Bby. I should have some special guests show up, and even have a singer coming all the way from Australia!

Friday I bring my full five piece band into the 1789 Restaurant and Lounge (1789 Comox@Denman) at 8 pm for a show of concert style originals. Rezzies!

Saturday I return to my regular haunt at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Ave on seawall). I start at 7 pm  with some juicy jazz and expect a busy night with guests, patio, and yummy tapas. Rezzies!

Hope you make it out!!!

New Orleans and new chart action

I'm in New Orleans this week and played Maison Bourbon, Buffas, and the Mahogany Jazz Hall- the city where Trumpet Is King! 
Also still getting some great chart exposure as featured artist with Bob Baldwin's Chameleon 3000

B.C. Gov't and Teachers: Agree to Arbitration

Call to action!!!!

 -- There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it.

Premier Christy Clark and Government of British Columbia: We the people of British Columbia urge and expect that you solve the present crisis and let our schools open by agreeing to arbitration.

Niovi Patsicakis
Surrey, British Columbia


      We disagree with the position that funding for class size and composition not be part of bargaining but for now settle all else and then continue negotiating.  Special education students or any type of learner can’t be blamed for the present underfunding we are facing in our schools. Teachers can’t be blamed and have shown flexibility and initiative to find a settlement. We want more supports for our special needs students as soon as possible.

      The problem is not with our special needs children and how to service them, as government continues to imply and muddles the waters but with the chronic erosion in funding impacting all classrooms. There has been a 12 year struggle to regain the funding that was taken away from all students resulting in unworkable learning and teaching conditions. Class size, composition and ratios to specialist workloads have worked well before government took that language away in 2002. Matching need with service is the best way to guarantee support for students and allow the classroom teacher to focus on all children. Schools require resource, learning assistance and integration teachers, psychologists, counselors, librarians, speech and language pathologists, English language teachers, music and drama teachers, Educational Assistants etc. to provide excellent and timely service to students.          

    Twice the courts found government wrong and ordered it to make amends and return that language. Now government continues to impose preconditions and not moving their position when teachers are. This is unacceptable to us as students, parents, teachers and taxpaying citizens. We all want schools to open as soon as possible. We demand that government lift the stumbling block to mediation (E80) which is that teachers sign away what they won in the courts. We urgently expect government to agree to binding arbitration and support public education, the cornerstone of our democratic society and future prosperity.

Still on the Charts

I have the good fortune to still be exposed on the Contemporary Jazz Charts with keyboardist Bob Baldwin's juggernaut Chameleon 3000, and my good friend (also a keyboardist) Greg Manning has had amazing success with his last and current album. Both Greg and Bob will be featured on my upcoming album HORNUCOPIA...

Other Vancouverites making a splash on the mainstream side is vibraphonist and drummer Craig Scott who makes his debut, and sax stalwart Cory Weeds. Legendary guitarist Ollie Gannon also has a high ranking on the charts. Worth picking up- all of them!

Go team!

Special guests tonight!

The warm weather continues and the patio is still in full bloom at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Ave), where I will be performing tonight as per my usual Rockin' the Ribjoint Saturday event.

There are some noteworthy additions to the lineup tonight, including Van Le, a crossover violinist who doesn't just fiddle about when it comes to great music. She will perform a variety of tunes with us tonight, and is just getting her feet wet in Vancouver!

Also on the agenda is Vancouver's near legendary soulman Billy Dixon, and the jazz and blues belter Lisa Fennell. Both have 'pipes' for days and will help get the place jumping. Gerry Boey will 'horn in' too!

In other news, I am off to New Orleans Monday for a more than a week, and when I return I have a couple of brand new venues I will be playing before I pick up again at Ten Ten:

Wed, Sept 17 I am doing the inaugural launch of Romano's Restaurant's Jazz Night. A fun new venue for live music at 4660 Hastings, Bby.

And on Friday, Sept 19 I bring my full five piece band into 1789.ca for two show sets of original tunes. I will debut tunes from my upcoming album 'Hornucopia' and we will let it all hang out!

See you tonight and the week of Sept 17, 19,and 20!

The Sunshine (and Music) returns!

Mother Nature reminded us to not take warm weather for granted, and ushered in Autumn with a blustery few days. She has relented however, and the next few days are just like old times!

This is great news for music lovers and foodies..... take note:

This Thursday (Sept 4) I will be sitting in at the Fairview Pub (B'way @Laurel) at 6 pm engaging in Beer, Beef, and Blues. The inimitable John Nolan has been holding court there for years and always has great players in the band.... come and be surprised.

Friday at noon, I am performing a free outdoor concert with Vancouver's most notable old school R&B singer, Billy Dixon. He will have his full Soultrain Express band in action and I will be on trombone. Come on down to Bentall Tower 4 (1055 Dunsmuir, lower plaza) for a great lunchtime show from noon to 1:30. Lots of seating and food stands nearby. Sunshine is guaranteed!

Saturday the 6th, at 7 pm, I will be performing at my regular Rockin' The Ribjoint Saturday Party at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach on the seawall). This place is the perfect trifecta of food, music, and view, and the ribs are unparalleled. The patio is amazing and Chef Matthew always adds new and exciting dishes to the menu. He is a highly trained, award winning culinary master, and must be experienced! Lots of guests show up for a jam, and there is (literally) dancing in the aisles....

Sunday I have a private event on Granville Island, but intend to sneak over on a break to see Dave Guiney's Swing Aggregation at the Arts Club Backstage Lounge. Well worth the small cover!

See you this weekend- and bring your shades!

Here is a sample of a new track on my album scheduled for October... Night Sky (featuring the sax of Rock Hendricks of the Paul Hardcastle Band)