"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's ears as a baby, and as a toddler he'd call out “the bass! the bass!” in the car, at concerts, and at festivals. He was hooked the moment he was shown a Jaco Pastorius video at age 2. His first experience learning to groove was at 7, when he joined a young, prominent Motown tribute band just a few months after starting lessons. While learning the Motown classics, he would challenge himself by transcribing jazz and fusion bass solos. He first came to the world's attention at 11 playing Jaco's demanding bass solo in the Weather Report tune, “Havona”, followed by multiple 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 bass, Singular Sound, Advanced Audio, Soundbrenner, and ErgoStraps.
Gabriel 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 earned a nomination for Best Jazz Artist by the Central PA Music Awards. 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 the Berks Jazz Festival, the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, the Scranton Jazz Festival, and TEDx Harrisburg.
As a soloist, Gabriel has been a guest with many ensembles in the past 8 years. Recent 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 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. Gabriel'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, and the Central PA Jazz Camp. He has also attended Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, the Keystone Jazz Institute, and the Uptown Music Collective.