Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her rich sound, original compositions and her unique take on material from the Great American Songbook as well as by contemporary artists as varied as Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and John Fogerty. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric and was called “a powerhouse of individual expression” by David Finkle of The Village Voice.
On April 5th, Gabrielle released her fourth album, “Pick Up My Pieces: Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson” a far reaching exploration of Nelson’s catalog, from his earliest works to his most recent creative efforts. She celebrated the album’s release with a sold out concert at Birdland Jazz Club and the album has already received accolades from All About Jazz, FestivalPeak.com, the Midwest Record and more.
In January, Stravelli lead her quintet on a tour of Chile, headlining the Providencia Jazz Festival in Santiago, the Las Condes Jazz Festival, the 10th Annual Semana Internacional de Jazz en la Patagonia along with performances at Santiago’s premier jazz clubs including The Jazz Corner and El Meson Nerudiano. Most recently, Gabrielle made her debut with the Jackson Symphony in Jackson, TN and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina. She toured Southeast Asia as a United States Department of State “Jazz Ambassador”, headlined the 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival and released her third album, "Dream Ago" comprised primarily of original material co-written with bassist Pat O'Leary and lyricist Jason Robinson. The album received a five-star review from DownBeat Magazine and garnered raves from the Huffington Post, Scott Yanow of LA Jazz Scene and Tony Frankel of LA's Stage and Cinema among others. Gabrielle and her trio toured the album in major venues in New Jersey, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Three Oaks, MI, Akron, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and the greater Washington DC-area in addition to touring in Italy and Norway.
In 2017 Gabrielle was invited to be a master teacher for YoungArts (a national organization that organizes week-long intensives for artists 14-18 years old and connects them with professionals currently working in their chosen field). She has taught extensively for the Kaufman Center's Lucy Moses Special Music School and the United States Department of State as a Jazz Ambassador. In April 2017 she was invited by the US Embassy in Azerbaijan to perform at a gala celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between the US and Azerbaijan and in August she lead a quintet on a 10-day tour of Pakistan, celebrating the country's 70 years of independence with concerts, collaborations with local artists and workshops with students and performers.
Stravelli's group headlined the 2016 Eleuthera "All That Jazz Festival" in Eleuthera, Bahamas and in November 2015 headlined an international tour sponsored by the US State Department's American Music Abroad program. Out of hundreds of applicants, the Gabrielle Stravelli Ensemble was one of just 10 bands sent around the world to foster cultural diplomacy through music. The tour took her to Moldova, Azerbaijan, Slovenia and Malta, where her quartet taught workshops and masterclasses during the day and performed concerts at night. In the fall of 2015 she premiered a new song cycle, Rooms of Light, written by world-renowned jazz pianist, Fred Hersch with lyrics by award-winning poet Mary Jo Salter. That project was proceeded by a run of solo shows at Feinstein's/54 Below which won her her second rave review from the New York Times.
"Ms. Stravelli’s emotional intelligence coincides with a phenomenal voice that she wielded with an easygoing confidence and impeccable taste." - Stephen Holden, New York Times
In July of 2014 Gabrielle performed a 5-night sold out run of solo shows at New York's Metropolitan Room which won unanimous raves from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post among other publications. Prior to that she toured the United States with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Chorale Le Chateau premiering Marsalis' complete version of his masterwork Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration. She joined the Chorale again in 2016 for a reprise performance of the piece at the renowned Chautauqua Institute's summer festival.
Gabrielle began singing at age 15 as a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in New Jersey and has since performed on stages from Amsterdam to New York including the Caramoor Festival, Jazz at Chautauqua, Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night's Swing, Birdland Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, the Jazz Standard, Kitano Jazz, 55 Bar, Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle Hotel, Trumpets Jazz Club, Bethesda Blues & Jazz, Maureen's Jazz Cellar, 92Y's Lyrics and Lyricists Series, Cornelia Street Cafe, 54 Below, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center, the Iridium Jazz Club, The Garage, Grasso's, Fulton Theatre, Maree Sonore Festival in Venice, Italy, the Watchung PAC, the Axelrod PAC and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) where she opened for Esperanza Spalding and Cassandra Wilson. For three and a half years she headlined a Jazz Brunch every Sunday at Le Pescadeux in Soho, NYC. She has appeared as a soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops, sang the role of Anita in West Side Story with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and performed the role of Jeannie in the European tour of HAIR. She sings with a “forceful emotional presence and a versatile, well-shaded voice,” says Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, and Peter Haas of Cabaret Scenes, describes her voice as “clear and clean, expressive, supple, with unforced power.”
Gabrielle received the 2015 MAC Award for Best Female Vocalist and the 2015 Bistro Award as a Jazz Vocalist. She was one of only ten finalists selected internationally for the 2011 SHURE- Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and was the 1st runner-up at the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition in Harlem. In 2008 she was awarded the Backstage/Bistro Award for Performer on the Rise (given by critics from Variety, The Village Voice and Backstage) and that same year was named to a list of the top ten cabaret acts by John Hoglund of theaterscene.net. “One of today's most promising vocalists...Whether crooning sultry standards like “Skylark or “My Foolish Heart” or playing with Pink Floyd, she embraces each line with perfect, supple phrasing and effective breath control that rivals all that the competition longs for. With luck, she will be picked up by a jazz label and given the world stage her talents deserve.”
She enjoys work-shopping and performing new works by emerging composers and lyricists and has worked with Warren Leight (Tony Award winner and Pulitzer finalist for "Sideman"), Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews (2012 Richard Rodgers Award), Adam Gwon (Roundabout Theatre Co.), Todd Almond (Yale Rep), Adam Bock (2006 Obie Award), Marisa Michelson (2011 Jonathan Larson Award), Liz Duffy Adams (Frederick Loewe Award), John Hodian (NY Emmy Award), the New Dramatists and the Directors Guild.
Gabrielle holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has studied with acclaimed jazz vocalists Nancy Marano and Marion Cowings and pianist David Berkman.