Gabriel Music Society

First Generation

The Gabriel musical history began in 1856 when Narcisse Gabriel, an immigrant from Santo Domingo, arrived in New Orleans. Narcisse and his wife settled in the city’s Downtown section from Canal Street. This was creole territory where any Catholic family of partly African and Spanish decent could feel at home. Although Narcisse was a bass player, he worked as a bricklayer to support his family. Music always filled the Gabriel home and when Narcisse died in 1897, his son Martin Joseph played the accordion and his nephew Albert, the clarinet.

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