New Gabriel podcasts and new shows announced

Just a quick note to let you know that I have added 13 cool podcasts to my blog at
This is an in depth interview, track by track, with John Beaudin, discussing the making of Told Ya So. 
I discuss the immense contributions from Miles Black, Amanda Wood, Darren Rahn, Marc Antoine, Paul Brown, Rock Hendricks, and Jeff Lorber..... and talk about the muse behind many of the songs.
The single Rockin' The Ribjoint, from Told Ya So, is still on the Top 50 chart in the US, and was in the top 20 in Australia for all of 2010. Every day the single Rockin' The Ribjoint gets a few more spins or adds, so the tune seems to have legs.... looking forward to a long and satisfying climax!

Also, new Vancouver shows have been announced for May 6 and May 8... hope some of you can make it! details at

Off to JW Desert Jazz tomorrow in Phoenix... it should be a great show!

Getting excited!

Wow, getting excited about so much!

Heading down soon to The JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival and will be hanging with my good jazz buds Warren Hill and Nick Colionne. They both have great new shows and new albums in the works, and it should be an exciting place to perform!

The Wave 'Smoothie' Awards comes later in April, and that will be a great weekend party with so many great names. Larry Carlton will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award (deservedly so), but other nominees like myself will just have to wait and see what transpires!

The Smoothies are always a great show and party (thanks to visionary Mary Kirk) and continues on at the Old Mill in TO the following night, where it inevitably becomes an All Star Jam.... I have had the opportunity to play with some great guys that would normally not be on the same gig, such as Rick Braun and Greg Adams, and have made some new friends and colleagues on stage, where I first met Nick Colionne, Peter White, Jessy J, and the fabulous David Sanborn.

Keep the Drive Alive and support the talent that puts heart and soul into every note you love!




Oasis Jazz Awards RIP

So very disappointed that the Oasis Awards in San Diego were a bust, especially at the 11th hour! It left many musicians scrambling or in transit. This is a hobbling blow to the contemporary jazz industry and art form, and may be indicative of the perfect storm of US economy woes and music apathy. We all have to support such a great platform in whatever way we can ..... Jazz and blues, in all their forms, are the only indigenous North American musical art forms, with contemporary or 'smooth' jazz being arguably the most relevant .... Thankfully The Canadian Wave Smoothies are still a go! 

Gabriel Mark Hasselbach 


'Told Ya So' - the new release impacting radio in the US, Canada, and Europe
New video of the chartbound single Rockin' The Ribjoint live at Jazz Alley