Main Stage, Tickets $25
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About the Show
Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her rich sound, original compositions and her unique take on an array of material from the Great American Songbook as well as by contemporary artists. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric and was called “a powerhouse of individual expression” by The Village Voice.
Gabrielle Stravelli began singing professionally at age 15 as a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in New Jersey, led by conductor Fr. Alphonse Stephenson, and has since performed on stages from Azerbaijan to New York including Birdland, The Jazz Standard, NJPAC and the Axelrod PAC in Deal, NJ to name just a few.
In 2017, Gabrielle released her third album, “Dream Ago” which garnered raves from DownBeat Magazine, the Huffington Post and many others. Highlights of her work in recent years include touring the world as a United States Department of State “Jazz Ambassador”, headlining the 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival and touring the US with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
For the Grunin Center, Gabrielle Stravelli is delighted to present “I Walk With Music” a show dedicated to the classic music of Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael- songs they wrote together, as well as works created with other legendary writers like Henry Mancini, Harold Arlen and Mitchell Parish. The set presents some of Mercer and Carmichael’s best loved songs like “Skylark”, “Stardust” and “In The Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” and more than a few lesser-known gems they produced together and with other writers. “I Walk With Music” weaves in fascinating stories of Mercer and Carmichael’s collaborations- from their big hits to their flop Broadway musical- as well as a show-stopping medley of highlights from Johnny Mercer, a man who at the top of his career, had a song in the Top Ten every week of the year. Join Gabrielle along with pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Pat O’Leary and drummer Eric Halvorson, for an evening honoring two of America’s greatest writers.