Born into a musical family, Gabriel Garrick took up trumpet aged seven and started gigging at an early age with his father and brother. He has had exposure to pretty much every major player on the British jazz scene since his early childhood, and with Michael Garrick as his father it was pretty unavoidable!
As a teenager Gabriel played with the multi award-winning Aylesbury Music Centre Big Band, the Dacorum Brass Band, the Hemel Hempstead Brass Band, Dacorum Youth Orchestra, the Dacorum Wind Band and started his own jazz trio at school.
Gabriel graduated from the Royal Academy of Music jazz course in 1995 (BMus and LRAM). Whilst at the Academy he worked with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Gabriel has worked with many well-respected bands, including Sir John Dankworth’s Generation Band, the Mike Garrick Jazz Orchestra, Derek Nash’s Sax Appeal Big Band, the Nick Ross Orchestra, the Len Phillips Big Band, the Pete Cater Big Band, Gerard Presencer’s Big Band, Big Band Metheny, the Willie Garnett Big Band, Kai’s Cats, King Candy and the Sugar Push, Feast of Fiddles, the Blues Brothers Experience, the FBI, Utter Madness, Payback, Gloria Scott, the Rat Pack Show, Maroon Town and countless other bands in all styles, touring the British Isles, Europe and across the world.
Since 2011 and following Michael Garrick’s passing, Gabriel has led his Big Band and also directed 22 residential Jazz Academy courses.
Gabriel leads various groups of his own – his current projects include: his Expansions, the Original Quintet, the Swinging Standards Septet and most importantly, his New Orleans Street Band ‘Beached Brass’ based in Brighton.
Greatest Musical Inspiration
Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Michael Garrick
Best Musical Advice
Believe in yourself, and remember, there are no rules! Nurture your voice and respect for ALL music, and be attentive to get the most out of your music learning