"The most talented young musician I have seen in 20 years."
Sterling Ball, Ernie Ball Music Man CEO
"I predict big things in your future."
“You are a most remarkable bassist."
“Gabriel Severn! I'm blown away by how talented he is. He's sounds so much like Jaco that it's scary.”
“Gabriel is a listener. He truly is so much fun to play with because he can turn on a dime! He makes ensemble playing out of a bunch of scattered egos.”
Grammy Award-winning drummer Steve Mitchell
Jazz and fusion filled Gabriel Severn's ears from birth, and as a toddler, whether at music festivals or riding in the car, he'd call out “the bass! the bass!”. The moment he was shown a Jaco Pastorius video at age 2, he was hooked, and started bass lessons at 7. A few months later he learned to groove and perform when he joined a young Motown tribute band. While learning the Motown classics, Severn would challenge himself by transcribing jazz and fusion bass solos. He gained attention on social media at age 11, with a viral video playing Jaco's demanding bass solo in the Weather Report tune, "Havona". His “Havona” video was followed by many more videos showcasing his musicianship and diverse skills. He became the first Markbass Rising Star, joined the Ernie Ball Music Man family of artists, and developed a custom line of bass strings made by Carlos Pavicich in France. He is also an endorsing artist for the Paul Lairat fretless Stega and 6-string Stega basses, Singular Sound, Advanced Audio, Soundbrenner, and ErgoStraps.
Severn played in a variety of bands after the Motown group disbanded, and just after his 12th birthday he formed the jazz fusion trio, Teen Town. The trio received a 2019 DownBeat Student Music Award and the 2020 "Best Jazz Band" Award from the Central PA Music Hall of Fame. They've toured throughout Pennsylvania and have opened for a number of major artists, including Sheila E., the Victor Wooten Trio, the Tierney Sutton Band, and the Original Drifters. They've appeared at many notable festivals and events, including Berks Jazz Fest, Elkhart Jazz Festival, Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, Scranton Jazz Festival, and TEDx Harrisburg. Teen Town's debut album will be released in 2022.
As a soloist, Severn has been a guest with many ensembles in the past decade. In addition to touring with Teen Town since 2017, his solo appearances include performing his original music with the U.S. Navy Commodores at the 2020 Jazz Education Network Conference, performing and serving as a panelist at the 2019 Jazz Philadelphia Summit, performing in the 2019 COTA Jazz Festival, appearing with Doug Wimbish (of Living Colour) at the 2019 Philadelphia WimBash, as a guest artist at the 2019 and 2020 Detroit BASSDAY, and as a guest performer at the 2019 Elkhart Jazz Festival. He's also performed at several NAMM Shows in LA, the Dallas International Guitar Festival, and the Berkshires Jazz Festival. He has won multiple DownBeat Awards, a YoungArts Award, The Joe Zawinul "Z" Award, and Jazz Education Network Awards. Severn's list of teachers and mentors include several of his bass icons, such as Victor Wooten, Anthony Wellington and Adam Nitti. He’s had the honor of receiving scholarships from the Jazz Education Network, and to Wooten’s Bass/Nature Camp, the Berklee College of Music’s Groove School, the Hudson Jazz Workshop, and the Central PA Jazz Camp. He has also attended Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, the Keystone Jazz Institute, and the Uptown Music Collective.