Gabrielle Stravelli & The Tim Armacost Quintet
November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Award winning vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli and Grammy nominated saxophonist Tim Armacost make a formidable front line for their hard-hitting quintet featuring pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Pat O’Leary and drummer Eric Halvorson. Gabrielle’s voice and Tim’s sax blend seamlessly whether playing their own original compositions or the group’s adventurous arrangements of songs from pop, jazz, the American Songbook and more.
Gabrielle Stravelli’s pairing of a jazz artist’s musicianship with an ability to interpret lyrics and connect with an audience has led to a richly varied career. She regularly leads her quartet in performances at the country’s finest jazz clubs and performing arts centers and has headlined domestic and international jazz festivals including the 2021 & 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival in New Paltz, NY, the 2019 Providencia Jazz Festival in Santiago, Chile, the 2016 All That Jazz Festival in Eleuthera, Bahamas and the 2014 Maree Sonore Festival in Venice, Italy. As a US State Department “Jazz Ambassador” she has performed and taught throughout Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South America. “Dream Ago,” her 2017 release which consists primarily of original material, received a rare 5- star review from Downbeat Magazine and her 2019 release “Pick Up My Pieces: Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson” was featured by noted music critic Will Friedwald in the WSJ and awarded the 2020 Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording.
After a life of travel and discovery on three continents, Grammy nominated saxophonist Tim Armacost is one of the most important improvisers on the New York scene today, with a big tenor sound and an impeccable rhythmic sense. Tim has worked with a phenomenal number of jazz greats, including Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove and Randy Brecker. He has recorded 12 critically acclaimed records as a leader, performed on more than 50 as a sideman, and has composed for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. A widely respected educator, Tim has lead clinics at universities throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe in addition to teaching and performing abroad with the U.S. State Department’s Rhythm Road program.