The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra | Gabrielle Cavassa & Victor Atkins duo | Gabrielle Cavassa Ensemble, vocals
Immeasurable talent and an intimate voice that stands out among a thousand: Gabrielle Cavassa
Gabrielle Cavassa is a New Orleans-based, California-born, vocalist-composer of Italian descent who continues to garner attention for her distinctive voice and intimate expression. In 2021, the self-professed ‘pricipessa’ was crowned co-winner of the 2021 International Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition, joining the ranks of previous winners such as Cyrille Aimée, Jazzmeia Horn, and Samara Joy.
Cavassa became acquainted with the music at a young age, when she began collecting, cataloguing and “obsessively listening” to records. Her expression reflects influences ranging from Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse to Slum Village and Italian opera. As a songwriter, she confronts challenging topics as though she’s sharing stark, intimate diary entries with the world. Her 2020 critically-acclaimed recording debut, Gabrielle Cavassa, co-produced by GRAMMY-nominated artist and collaborator Jamison Ross, includes features from fellow genre bending artists Braxton Cook and Ashlin Parker.
Cavassa is set to release a duo record with pianist Ryan Hanseler in January 2021.
Having emerged last year as one of the festival’s most interesting artists, at JazzAscona 2023 we will be able to admire Gabrielle Cavassa not only as part of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. In fact, Gabrielle will also delight us with a repertoire of vocal standards, both in an intimate setting in duo with pianist Victor Atkins (June 27), and in quartet with the Gabrielle Cavassa Ensemble, including Victor Atkins, drummer Willie Green and bassist Jason Stewart. (June 28 and 30).