Doing the research for our next guest is a daunting task, seriously. Gabrielle Stravelli is SO well respected that it's tricky to describe. Looking at where she has played and who has said WHAT about her? She must have to remind herself each day that she is merely mortal :) Yes, it's like THAT.
This award-winning vocalist is also a trained actor - who received a beautiful education (BFA) from the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music. But let's go back in time....at 15, this gifted artist was singing solos with orchestras. You might know that, to attract the attention of Wynton Marsalis, you HAVE to be something special. Well, she toured with Wynton in performance of his "Abyssinian Gospel Celebration." She has also opened for Esperanza Spalding and Cassandra Wilson - starred as Anita in "West Side Story" and as Jeannnie in the European tour of "Hair."
As part of the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program, The Gabrielle Stravelli Ensemble was one of only ten bands sent around the world to enhance diplomancy throught music. With workshops during the day and evening shows. 2015 was a great year for this successful Lady. Fortunate ears heard Gabrielle breathe life into Fred Hersch music - with lyrics from Mary Jo Salter - in "Dreams of Light." This chapter in Gabrielle's life was preceded by solo shows at Feinstein's/54 Below. All STELLAR reviews!
In teaming with sympatico pianist Michael Kanan, Ms. Stravelli has been able to re-create beloved songs to make them her own. The lovely sessions here happened at The Drawing Room in Brooklyn - in early 2015. You can hear the magic unfold. And you'll hear more of that magic when Gabrielle visits on 7/5/2016 :) One p.m. Eastern time - hope to see you in The Chat Room!