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BIOGRAPHY

‚ÄčMulti instrumentalist and educator, Gabrielle Murphy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised between there and Wilmington, Delaware. She began her musical journey playing drums under the instruction of her father but, at age nine, switched to the alto saxophone. Her parents, noticing her growing passion for the instrument specifically, and music more broadly, began enrolling her in private instruction as well as youth community music programs. Under the tutelage of Ron Sutton Jr., Vincent Laudear, and several doting band directors, Gabrielle’s love for music blossomed resulting in her winning several awards for her solos, and multiple scholarships, including a scholarship to the University of the Arts’ Jazz summer Camp. During this time in her journey Gabrielle had the pleasure of meeting and performing with Philadelphia greats like Bootsie Collins, and Mickey Roker. In 2005, Gabrielle relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to pursue a bachelors degree at the Peabody Institute under the instruction of saxophone colossus, Gary Thomas. While in Baltimore, Gabrielle fully immersed herself in the local scene as a professional musician in both Baltimore and Washington DC. She performed in local venues such as An Die Musik, and Caton Castle in Baltimore, and the now closed down Bohemian caverns, Twins, and HR-57 in DC to name a few. In 2011, Gabrielle relocated to New York City, where she now resides. While in New York, Gabrielle has earned a graduate degree from the Aaron Copeland School of Music in Queens College CUNY, under the guidance of accomplished alto saxophonist Antonio Hart. She now works as a freelance saxophonist and can be seen performing in venues around New York like Smoke Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls Jazz Club,Fat Cat, and Minton’s Playhouse. From jazz to hip-hop, R&B to gospel, afro-beat to pop, Gabrielle’s versatility of styles has allowed her to perform with host of talented acts. The most notable include performances with artists such as Solange, Masta Ace, Caleb Hawley, Corey Glover, Maurice Hines, and rising star Bria Lee. Aside from performing, Gabrielle also teaches saxophone, clarinet, and flute, and has worked in outreach programs in underserved communities in the South Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn through programs affiliated with the Harlem School for the Arts, The Louis Armstrong Museum, and the non-profit community based organization UpBeatNYC.