When you have been described as “a German-born Parisian chanteuse, with Brazilian stylings, who is a cross between Ute Lemper, Mireille Mathieu and Tania Maria,” it’s hard to live inside any musical box. Gabriele Tranchina traverses the world of vocal jazz, Latin and Brazilian music, sprinkling it with colors of every hue from places far and near. Her solid technique and sensitivity for lyrics give her the ability to express herself with confidence and ease and to transform each song into something not quite like anything else. Her ability to use rhythm, resting underneath her vocals, surges the music forward, keeping it alive in each moment. She is comfortable singing in German, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and English, so a strong international influence is never far away. Her vocals, which have been called “impressive,” “technically perfect,” and “just breathtaking,” caused jazz legend, Mark Murphy, to say “Gabriele sings like a bird and swings and swings until the cows come home.”
Pianist/Composer Joe Vincent Tranchina, voted Hudson Valley 2010 Jazz Musician of the Year in Times Herald-Record’s annual Best Of readers poll; has been recognized for the past consecutive 14 years by ASCAP’s “Music Plus Award,” for performances of his Original Jazz Compositions; is an Honorable Mention winner of the Women’s Choir Composition Competition, NY Sings: A Composer’s Symposium; and has been consecutively honored by the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts “Best of the Bronx” series with Concert Presentations of his Original Works. Eight of his original compositions/collaborations are featured on the Gabriele Tranchina Jazzheads release “A Song of Love’s Color.” He is an established pianist, composer, arranger, and accompanist, having performed in most of the major Jazz and Club Venues throughout New York City and the surrounding area, including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jazz At Lincoln Center), Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, The Zinc Bar, Shanghai Jazz, Trumpets, Chris’ Jazz Café and Ortlieb’s. Joe has also performed in the concert venues of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Jazz Mobile, among others, and has toured abroad in Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and Japan. His credits also include domestic and international jazz festivals and a long list of stellar musicians he has shared the stage with, including James Spaulding, David “Fathead” Newman, Jimmy Heath, Dave Valentin, Ray Vega, Bobby Sanabria, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan and Dakota Staton.