Gabriel Music Society

First Generation

The Gabriel Family’s musical history in the United States began in 1856 when Narcisse Gabriel emigrated to New Orleans from Santo Domingo with his wife Zeta and at least one brother named Paul. Narcisse settled in the city’s Creole territory downriver section from Canal Street where a Catholic family of partly African and Spanish decent could feel at home. Although Narcisse was a bass player, he also worked as a bricklayer and laborer to support his family. Music always filled the Gabriel home and when Narcisse died in 1900, his son Martin Joseph played the accordion and his nephew Albert “Dude” Gabriel the clarinet.


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