A Jazz Vespers Christmas with Gabriel

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach and his band Jason DeCouto (p), Chris Haas (d),  Wynston Minkler (b) perform a set of holiday tunes with nuance and warmth at St Andrews Wesley. Minister Dan Chambers offered a succinct and moving service.

Brass Mob on Come All Ye Faithful arranged and conducted by Jamie Croil, with Jamie Croil, Garth Balint, Gord Deyell, Mike Smith, Gerry Deagle, Norm Quinn Ruth Stephens, Linnea Gibbs, Jim Hopson, Ted Downey

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Home For The Holidays 

Christmastime Is Here 

Silver Bells  

What Child Is This  

O Come All Ye Faithful (with the SAW Brass Mob)  

Musicians and Fans: trouble at Big Radio

Musicians and Fans,

“Big Radio” is at it again. The deceptively named Local Radio Freedom Act, backed by the National Association of Broadcasters, has been introduced in Congress. Broadcasters want to continue playing music on AM/FM radio without paying musicians.
The bill falsely asserts that paying musicians for their work is a “tax” and opposes any potential legislation that would impose new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay.
Urge your member of Congress to protect musicians from Big Radio by opposing the Local Radio Freedom Act.
Rejecting the principle that musicians should be paid fairly for our work and calling compensation to musicians a “tax” is outrageous. Yet this bill does just that. It argues that radio stations "provide free publicity and promotion to the recording industry and performers," and broadcasters should not be obliged to pay musicians or other artists new fees or charges.
Exposure doesn’t pay the rent—it never has and it never will. Tell your member of Congress to oppose legislation that harms the ability of musicians to earn a living and provide for our families.
No one makes more money from recorded music than broadcasters and yet they continue to pay nothing to the artists who bring music to life. This bill is just another attempt to protect Big Radio at the expense of musicians. It isn’t fair. Let your member of Congress know musicians do not support the Local Radio Freedom Act.
Musicians standing together have the power
In Unity,
Ray Hair
AFM International President

Gabriel Hasselbach



WAY AFTER 8: Smooth Jazz Most Added for March 25, 2019

My latest single Way After 8 (feat Ronny Jordan) is starting to take off! 
March 25, 2019
WALTER BEASLEY It's Alright (Affable) 7/2   
JOHNNY BRITT Highway 10 (J-Jams) 6/1   
NATHAN MITCHELL Swing City (ENM) 5/3   
ANDREY CHMUT FEAT. BOB JAMES Moving Forward (SkyTown) 5/3   
ELAN TROTMAN Got To Give It Up (Island Muzik/Woodward Avenue) 4/8   
LEBRON Say You Will (Trippin 'n' Rhythm) 4/4   
ART SHERROD JR. Tighten Up (Not Listed) 4/3   
PAUL HARDCASTLE Happy Go Lucky (Trippin N Rhythm) 3/14   
BOB JAMES Topside (Not Listed) 3/7   
PATRICK YANDALL When It's Hip (Zangi) 3/7   
CHRIS "BIG DOG" DAVIS Fall Back (Shanachie) 3/4   
   Listen to your heart's content on SPOTIFY
   New album out now 'Radio Gold'

Euro review for Radio Gold

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach - RADIO GOLD
  • Label: Windtunnel Records
  • Nr.: WT361405
  • Distributor: www.windtunnelrecords.com
  • Website: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/gabrielmarkhasselbach21
  • Rating: 
  • His most radio friendly release ever!

    Canadian hornmeister Gabriel Mark Hasselbach has outdone himself. 

    He chose 19 tracks from his repertoire, including 9 Billboard hits, plus other new and overlooked funky-smooth tunes. But there’s more, because most of these tracks are collaborations with other artists. Gabriel opens with ‘King James’, which features saxophonist Rock Hendricks, a real funky duet. After that, you can enjoy his new single ‘Way After 8’, a tune written with George Benson, and performed here with the late guitarist Ronny Jordan. I really dig it! Another guitarist joins the cast on ‘It’s Real’, and that’s Rob Tardik. This sounds so smooth. 

    ‘Kissed By the Sun’ is a older track, but stays beautiful, while veteran Jeff Lorber can be heard on ‘Kindness’. Rock Hendricks comes back for the up-tempo ‘Shake it Down’, while ‘Lovelight’ is destined for romantic moments. Cool fusion reigns on ‘Mulberry Street’, again with Jeff Lorber, followed by ‘Cool Down’, again with Rock Hendricks. Veteran guitarist & producer Paul Brown joins Gabriel on the slightly funky ‘Equate Her’, while sax man Warren Hill is present on the slightly hip hop sounds of ‘East Coast’. Paul Brown comes back for the island sounds of ‘Peace Song’, and multi-instrumentalist Adam Rohrlick can be heard on the very relaxed ‘Count Me In’. 

    After that, Gabriel choses to go ‘Rockin’ the Ribjoint’ in a funky way, while keyboardist Greg Manning adds his flavor to the driving ‘Propulsion’. Another keyboardist, Bob Baldwin, teams up with Gabriel for ‘Charmed Life’, followed by saxophonist Walle Larsson, who was invited for the funky ‘Lock It Up’. Things calm down for the lovely, smooth ‘Ready When You Are’, and the album closes with the fusion infused ‘Starpixie’, for which Jeff Lorber is well known. If this album doesn’t makes it into the radio charts, then I don’t know it anymore. Gabriel proves here that he can handle everything, and it’s easy to see why he can stand next to Rick Braun, Chris Botti, Cindy Bradley. I’m very pleased to be a part of his musical friends. This album is not only gold for the radio but also for your personal collection!

    Patrick Van de Wiele





    "Gabriel Mark Hasselbach's "RADIO GOLD" is My NEW Favorite Album ..... Words I use to describe: Tasty, Groovin', Head bobbin', 

    Sweet, In the Pocket, Smoooooooth, and of course excellent horn tones. Need I say more? Enjoy".......

    Rick Forte - Music Correspondent for WLOQ, IHeart, etc / Musician / Fan


    “Brilliant!  Very well done my dear friend!  You’re playing great and the production is 

    top notch! We’ve both come a long way from [our days in] Nitro!”  

    Steve Sykes, Rupert House Studios  engineer/producer

    ~clients include Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, Rippingtons, Diane Schuur, Mindi Abair, Paul Taylor, Lalah Hathaway, etc

    Gabriel Hasselbach



    Gabriel in Mexico at San Pancho Festival

    Gabriel Mark Hasselbach performs a crowdpleasing and diverse set at the San Pancho Festival in Mexico, with DannyJu Lopez on drums, Miguel Rodriguez on keys, and Cameron Hood on bass. Many thanks to Chas Eller for making this possible!

    Songs performed include: King James (from Kissed By the Sun and Radio Gold), Mulberry Street (from Cool Down and Radio Gold), Si Bonita (from From Hawaii with Love), Mississippi Jump (from MidCentury Modern Vol 1), Peace Song (from Told Ya So and Sweet and Sexy), Recife (from Cool Down), Comin' Home for Mardi Gras (from MidCentury Modern Vol 1). Available at all digital outlets and hard copies at Windtunnel Records and CD Baby. Enjoy all tracks at Spotify!

    Lots of fun in the sun!

    New Video: Gabriel plays the unsung trumpet heroes at Frankie's Jazz Club

    Gabriel Mark Hasselbach (trumpet) brought his crack band into Frankie's Jazz Club Dec 30, 2018 to honor the unsung trumpet heroes from the jazz history books, such as Carmell Jones, Jonah Jones, Joe Newman, Nat Adderley, Kenny Dorham, Blue Mitchell, Clifford Brown, and a few more familiar names like Miles Davis and Chet Baker.

    feat. Jason DeCouto (organ), John Lee (guitar), Andre Lachance (bass), Nick Bracewell (drums)

    Cuein' the Blues

    Feat.  Joel Fountain (drums), Jason deCouto (piano), Wynston Minckler (bass).

    Concert Medley (see complete performances below)


    Cuein' The Blues

    Work Song

    St. James Infirmary

    I’ll Close My Eyes

    Night In Tunisia

    My Funny Valentine

    I’m Gonna Go Fishin’

    Body and Soul

    Blues Walk

    Scrapple from the Apple






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    Sunday, Dec 30, experience something different!

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    On the cusp of NYE, take some time out for some fine eats & 
    a unique jazz presentation from 
    Gabriel Mark Hasselbach
     8 pm at Frankie’s Jazz Club 

    Hear tunes from the discographies of Bill Hardman, Donald Byrd, Joe Gordon, Lew Soloff, Carmell Jones, Jonah Jones, Joe Newman, Claudio Roditi, and more unsung heroes...

    #localjazz @coastaljazz 
    #frankiesitaliankitchen #jazztrumpet

    Gabriel Hasselbach