Gabriel: Video from Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival

 I had the honor and pleasure to be invited by Europe's best-known jazz impresario Christian Bössner, to perform in Portugal at the 4th Annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival in October 2019.

It was a fantastic 5 days with other well-known performers, such as Jeff Kashiwa, Brian Simpson, Blake Aaron, Kim Waters, Bobby Lyle, Paul Brown, Adam Hawley, Elan Trotman, Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Javier Colon, and Kayla Waters. His crew and production team made everything flow smoothly and included the lovely Jazz Hostess Sandra and her crew, as well as Rajko & Claudi Lienert, and Jorge Fonseca.    

My performance spot was excellent, placed perfectly on the final day, on the warm and sunny seaside Main Stage. My band knocked it out of the park, so high marks to Orefo Orakwue (bass), Andrew Small (drums), Dave Ital (guitar), Steve Turner (keys), and Nelson Nunes (audio). My whole show is captured below, so sit back and dig into the solid and punchy vibes, all originals from many of my albums, including the latest MidCentury Modern Vol. 2, MidCentury Modern Vol. 1, Cool Down, Kissed By the Sun, Told Ya So, and more. All are available from Apple, Amazon, Spotify, with physical discs also from CD Baby, and WindtunnelRecords.

Individual song videos below, but check out the 'mashup' Trailer first:

Mulberry Street    

King James  


Rockin' the Ribjoint  

Peace Song (feat Paul Brown)   

Comin' Home for Mardi Gras (feat Carl Stanley)   


Comfort Zone  


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First MCM Vol 2 review and Netherlands playlist

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Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, trumpet/flugelhorn/flute/valve trombone; Miles Black, piano/organ/bass; Joel Fountain,drums; Cory Weeds,saxophone; Ernie Watts,saxophone; Gord Lemon,electric bass; Olaf DeShield,guitar; Laurence Mullerup,acoustic bass.

Trumpet master and multi-talented musician, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach opens with a tune called, “Superblue.” This composition is a super slick and straight-ahead, featuring Miles Black, brilliant on an attention-getting piano solo. 

Gabriel is a gifted horn player who enjoys crossing genres and blending styles. He can play it all, from Bebop to R&B; Pop to Smooth jazz. The repertoire and melodies on this volume 2 “MidCentury Modern” production are catchy. They’re familiar. the horn lines punch bright, staccato lines that punctuate these unforgettable tunes. The Hasselbach arrangements are well-written. On the second track, “Driftin’, “Cory Weeds steps into the spotlight on saxophone and he swings hard. The 3rd track on this album proffers a Latin groove, combined with a straight-ahead jazz production that reminds me of the infectious music of the late, great Eddie Harris. Gabriel Mark Hasselbach records party jazz. His music makes me happy. You feel joyful energy and emotion from these musicians

In Hasselbach’s discography of fifteen album releases, there are only a few mainstream albums. Most of his music has been geared towards the contemporary jazz market. This has earned Hasselbach ten Billboard hits and an album of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year Awards. I’m used to hearing albums that include Hasselbach’s original music and a more Smooth Jazz approach. However, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach is just as effective and prolific playing bebop and straight-ahead jazz as he is in the contemporary category. Gabriel explained, in his liner notes, the direction of his current album release.

“On this project, rather than recording predominantly original material as I often do, I chose soulful tunes from the 50’s and 60’s that have influenced me and have a timeless quality. This album is the complete me; a seamless melding of mainstream, contemporary and NOLA styles. … a trifecta of jazz where the sum is greater than the parts.”

On the familiar tune, “Jazz ‘n Samba” Gabriel Mark Hasselbach picks up his flute to add more spice to this already spicy Latin production. It’s unusual for a trumpet player to also master a reed instrument, but Hasselbach is not your usual suspect. He performs beautifully on the flute.

“This album is a tasty homage to the classic jazz flag-bearers I grew up listening to: Blue Mitchell, Carmell Jones, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith, Clifford Brown, Joe Gordon, Hank Mobley, Herbie Mann, Jobim and many others,” Gabriel Mark Hasselbach explains. “Jazz is in my bones and I am sure I’ll die clutching my horn to my chest.”

I am deeply moved by Gabriel’s interpretation of the very beautiful “Nature Boy” composition. On “Sister Sadie,” he reminds us of the genius of Horace Silver and his many hit jazz standard compositions, like this one. On the tune, “I’m Gonna Go Fishin’,” Hasselbach plunges his horn for a gritty, soulful effect and Mike Black uses an organ to embellish this production. Every song on this album is well-played and beautifully produced by Gabriel Mark Hasselbach. This is a compact disc you will enjoy playing time after time.

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GABRIEL MARK HASSELBACH live @ Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival 2019

Newsletter 09.2019


Gabriel Mark Hasselbach plays many instruments – trumpet, flute, flugelhorn and trombone –, but trumpet remains his first choice. Born and raised in Colorado, he followed his muse to Vancouver in the 1970s. “I brought my bike, my trumpet and a stack of music books,” he said in an interview. “I never went to a conservatory, but I read the books, I practised a lot and I performed a lot. I think, this way, I kept my musical self, my uniqueness as a musician.” His career on the world stage started with the multiplatinum Powder Blues Band. After many national and international tours, he launched his solo career. Although he has also had notable straight ahead jazz successes, he prefers “the more rhythmically succinct domain of smooth jazz for the variety of color and texture that it provides”. Also as a soloist, he has toured many festivals (e.g. Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Fest), and has recorded or performed with artists such as Bob James, Little Richard, George Benson, John Denver, The O’Jays, Ben E King, John Lee Hooker, Paul Hardcastle or Michael Bublé (whose album ‘Dream’ was produced in Gabriel’s studio).

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We look forward to having a great time,

Sandra & Christian

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Gabriel Mark Hasselbach toca muitos instrumentos – trompeta, flauta, fliscorne e trombone –, sendo a trompeta o seu favorito. Ele nasceu e foi criado em Colorado, e seguiu o seu instinto nos anos 70 e mudou-se para Vancouver. „Eu trouxe a minha bicicleta, a minha trompeta e um monte de livros de música“, disse numa entrevista. „Nunca frequentei o conservatório, mas li muitos livros, pratiquei e toquei muito. Penso que foi assim que consegui preservar o meu EU musical e a minha peculiaridade como músico.“ A sua carreira na cena mundial começou com o Powder Blues Band (vários álbuns de platina). Após muitas digressões nacionais e internacionais, Gabriel iniciou a sua carreira a solo, alcançando sucessos notáveis no straight ahead jazz. No entanto, ele prefere „o domínio ritmicamente sucinto do smooth jazz, devido à diversidade de cores e estruturas". Ele também já actuou em inúmeros festivais como solista (p.ex. Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Fest) e gravou e actuou com artistas como Bob James, Little Richard, George Benson, John Denver, The O'Jays, Ben E King, John Lee Hooker, Paul Hardcastle ou Michael Bublé. (O álbum de Bublé 'Dream' foi produzido no estúdio de Gabriel.)

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Estamos ansiosos para se divertir,

Sandra & Christian

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Gabriel Mark Hasselbach spielt viele Instrumente – Trompete, Flöte, Flügelhorn und Posaune –, aber Trompete ist sein Favorit. Geboren und aufgewachsen in Colorado, folgte er seiner Bestimmung in den 1970er Jahren nach Vancouver. „Ich brachte mein Fahrrad, meine Trompete und einen Stapel Musikbücher mit“, sagt er in einem Interview. „Ich war nie am Konservatorium, aber ich habe die Bücher gelesen, viel geübt und viel gespielt. Ich denke, so habe ich mein musikalisches Ich und meine Einzigartigkeit als Musiker bewahrt.“ Seine Karriere auf der Weltbühne begann mit der Powder Blues Band (mehrere Platin-Alben). Nach vielen nationalen und internationalen Tourneen startete Gabriel dann seine Solokarriere und feierte bemerkenswerte Erfolge im Straight-Ahead-Jazz. Trotzdem bevorzugt er "die rhythmisch prägnantere Domäne des Smooth Jazz, dank ihrer Vielfalt an Farben und Strukturen". Auch als Solist hat er schon zahlreiche Festivals (z. B. Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Fest) gespielt. Zudem stand er mit Künstlern wie Bob James, Little Richard, George Benson, John Denver, The O'Jays, Ben E King, John Lee Hooker, Paul Hardcastle oder Michael Bublé auf der Bühne oder im Studio. (Bublés Album 'Dream' wurde übrigens in Gabriels Studio produziert.)

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Wir freuen uns auf eine tolle Zeit,

Sandra & Christian

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