Gabrielle Cavassa is a New Orleans-based vocalist-composer of Italian descent who has garnered attention for her distinctive voice and intimate expression. At 27, the winner of the 2021 International Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition has received critical acclaim for her live performance and 2020 recording debut Gabrielle Cavassa. But while critics recognize Cavassa for her skillful technique and vitality, fans treasure her vulnerability. Shimmering in its humaness, Cavassa’s expression reflects a deep relationship with jazz, hip hop, R&B, and Italian opera. As a songwriter, she confronts challenging topics as though she’s sharing stark, intimate diary entries with the world. Cavassa’s influences range from Amy Winehouse to Slum Village to
Betty Carter. After leaving her native California for New Orleans in 2017, she founded her quartet with Ryan Hanseler, Lex Warshawsky and GRAMMY-nominated artist and producer Jamison Ross who appear on her critically- acclaimed debut Gabrielle Cavassa.
“A very distinctive voice”
“Cavassa wield[s] her light, supple voice like a paintbrush as she colorfully play[s] with time,
lyrics, phrasing and melody.”