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Kick Start

by Gabriel Severn

"Kick Start" is an instrumental tune that weaves together funk and jazz with a hip groove.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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"Kick Start" by Gabriel Severn
Musicians: Gabriel Severn (bass), Chieli Minucci (guitar), Jay Rowe (keys), Joel Rosenblatt (drums)
Producer: Chieli Minucci
Engineer: Paul Wickliffe
Studio: Charlestown Road Studio
Photo: Jonathan Broady

"Kick Start" is bass phenom Gabriel Severn's follow-up single to his award-winning debut tune, "Song for Fina". On this project, Gabriel teamed up with multiple Emmy Award winner and multiple GRAMMY Award nominee Chieli Minucci, who produced and played guitar on the recording. Stellar world-class musicians and Special EFX members Joel Rosenblatt (drums) and Jay Rowe (keys) are also featured in the project.

2018 was not a typical year for the 8th grader. In that year alone, Gabriel won multiple awards, performed coast to coast, appeared at many notable music festivals, and recorded his award-winning original music with prominent jazz artists, all before his 14th Birthday in November.

Gabriel’s musical aptitude resulted in him winning two 2018 DownBeat Student Music Awards, considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education and the educational equivalent to the GRAMMYs. His maiden voyage into composing demonstrates his musical sophistication and depth, and is a step into new artistic paths.

Gabriel’s first experience learning to groove with a band was at age 7, just a few months after starting lessons. He joined a young Motown tribute band that gained significant recognition in his area, performing at community events, benefits, music festivals, and on radio and TV. While learning the Motown classics, he would challenge himself by transcribing jazz and fusion bass solos. He received international recognition at 11 with his video performing there challenging bass solo on "Havona" by Jaco Pastorius. This set the wheels in motion for a professional career. 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 also endorses several other companies, including Singular Sound and Soundbrenner.

Although he played in a variety of bands after the Motown group, Gabriel wanted his own band, so at age 12 he gathered some of central PA's best and most promising young musicians and formed his jazz fusion band, Teen Town. The band has toured throughout Pennsylvania and taken audiences by storm, opening for many major artists, including the Victor Wooten Trio, the Tierney Sutton Band, and the Original Drifters. Teen Town has appeared at many notable festivals and events, including the 2018 Boscov's Berks Jazz Festival, the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, the Scranton Jazz Festival, and TEDx Harrisburg.

As a soloist, Gabriel has performed at the 2018 and 2019 NAMM Shows, the 2018 Dallas International Guitar Festival, the Berkshires Jazz Festival, and has been a guest with many ensembles in the past 6 years. He has studied with, and been mentored by, many prominent bassists, including Victor Wooten, Anthony Wellington and Adam Nitti. He’s had the honor of receiving scholarships to Wooten’s Bass/Nature Camp, the Berklee College of Music’s first Groove School, and has attended Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, the Central PA Jazz Camp, the Keystone Jazz Institute and the Uptown Music Collective.

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