Gabe Gladstein is a jazz/fusion electric violinist and vocalist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently a junior at Harvard University and New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
When he is back home (over Christmas/January and the summer), he leads a jazz trio and performs an eclectic set of pop, rock, fusion, swing, bebop, latin, blues, loop pedal improvisation, standards, show tunes, and more. He has performed at multiple Bay Area venues including Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco, The RRazz Room in San Francisco, Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, and many Sonoma County wineries and parties.
On January 25, 2013, Gabe and his bandmate Zak Leever were awarded First Place in the Combo Division at the 24th annual Folsom Jazz Festival, one of the largest and most competitive jazz festivals on the West Coast (visit Zak at zakleever.com). This was a particularly notable honor, as the duo was the first of its kind to compete at the Folsom Jazz Festival. It was also the first time in the recent history of the Folsom Jazz Festival that the Berkeley Combo #1 was displaced from their spot as the top combo in Northern California.
During the past four years, Gabe studied with two exceptional Grammy award-winning jazz violinists and educators: Mads Tolling (of the Mads Tolling Quartet) and David Balakrishnan (a founding member of Turtle Island Quartet). In April 2012, Gabe attended the Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia, one of 22 hand-picked young string players chosen to represent the future of acoustic string music. There, Gabe had the privilege to work with such luminaries as Zakir Hussain, Mike Marshall, Edgar Meyer, Abigail Washburn, Chris Thile, Bruce Molsky, Julian Lage, Daniel Hope, and others.
Gabe has been teaching violin to students of all ages (youngest: 5, oldest: 65) for six years. “It is the most fulfilling way to use the training and the years of practice...I love sharing the little I know. It only enhances my own playing and understanding of music, and to help someone learn a type of music they never imagined playing with this instrument (the violin) before is truly an amazing experience.”
With recommendations from Dave Balakrishnan of the Turtle Island Quartet and jazz-violin master Jean-Luc Ponty, Gabe was recently accepted into the Harvard University and New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. It is a 5-year program, which will allow Gabe to attain both a Master’s Degree in Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in any academic subject of his choice by the end of the 5 years. As of Fall, 2015, Gabe is a junior at both schools, studying Government at Harvard.