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"the brilliant Charlie Gabriel (clarinet and sax) - a 4th generation musician from a New Orleans musical family and just tops…….and Marian Hayden (yes, female) on string bass. They're truly special and a delight to know."
--Nan Bostick, Sacramento Ragtime Society Newsletter

Known to friends and relatives as Charlie 'G', Charlie Gabriel was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is a fourth generation New Orleans jazz musician. Charlie has played authentic New Orleans music with top traditional musicians such as Kid Howard, Kid Sheik, Jim Robinson, George Lewis and others on Bourbon Street, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and around the world.

Charlie came to Detroit at the age of fourteen. He was so experienced that he was asked to join the Lionel Hampton band at age sixteen. In the early '70s, Charlie was a member of Aretha Franklin's Orchestra. He continued to play throughout the states and abroad, also working with Nancy Wilson, Joe Simon and JC Heard. Charlie has worked in and around many of the most famous venues on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

He currently performs with his group, the Gabriel Traditional Jazz Band, in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed in Barcelona for the Swingfonia Festival as well as the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He also is a traveling member of the Marcus Belgrave Louis Armstrong Tribute Orchestra, as well as performing with an ensemble that includes vocal stylist Joan Belgrave as they pay tribute to the Great Ladies of Song: Dinah, Ella, & Billie. His CD, Live at the Kerrytown Concert House (recorded with Red Richards), won the grand prize for 1994 best Foreign CD, presented by the Hot Club de Limoges in France. The Hot Club de Limoges then released a double-CD, Jubile, in 1998, featuring music recorded by Charlie Gabriel, Red Richards (piano/vocal), Reggie Johnson (bass), and Georges Bernasconi (drums). Charlie's recordings span the range from the earliest traditional jazz to modern straight ahead, and his own contemporary and spiritual compositions.

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