Gabriel Brothers -Sons of Martin (Manny) Gabriel top row l-r Martin Jr (piano & drums), August Sr (trumpet), Leonard (trumpet and valve trombone), bottom l-r Charles(saxophone & clarinet), Elliott (piano & sing), and Joseph Sr (upright bass)
Clarence Ford (1929-1994), son of Elouise Gabriel-Ford, played the saxophone. The long time member of Fats Domino’s Band also worked with The Eureka Brass Band and Wallace Davenport’s Be-Bop Jockeys in the 1940s. Clarence recorded with Little Richard, Frankie Ford, Shirley & Lee, Guitar Slim and others.
Elliott Gabriel (1937-2013), the youngest son of Little Manny, played the piano, organ, & was a vocalist. He sang with The Diablos, Bobby Day & the Satellites and Lionel Hampton’s “Hamptones”. Bobby Day & the Satellites recorded “Rockin Robin” and “Little Bitty Pretty One”. The Hamptones performed around the country and Broadway. In recent years, he performed with the Gabriel Traditional Jazz Band.
Gabriel Brothers – Charles, Joseph, and Leonard
Cousins – Charles & Larry
Larry Gabriel Son of Percy Gabriel (Banjo and Guitar)
Martin Gabriel Jr. (1921-1994) (Drums & Piano)
Charlie Gabriel with his Calypso Band
Elliott Gabriel singing with Lionel Hampton’s Hamptones
Charles Gabriel is the son of little Manny, known to family and friends as “Charlie G” and plays the saxophone, clarinet and flute. At the age of 16, Charlie played with the Lionel Hampton band. He has played authentic New Orleans music around the world with Kid Howard, Kis Sheik, Jim Robinson, George Lewis and at the New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival. In the early 1970s, Charlie was a member of Aretha Franklin’s orchestra. He continued to play through the states and abroad by working with Nacy Wilson, Joe Simon, J.C. Heard and Marcus Belgrave’s Louis Armstrong Tribute Orchestra.
In the 1980’s, Charlie composed, arranged and performed Catholic Jazz Masses in the Detroit area and the surrounding states. He also developed and performed music programs for Black History Month. Charlie did a video taping for the state production, “One Mo Time,” in Vienna, Austria. He also did a command performance for the Prince in Monte Carlo, France and received an award from Hot Jazz Club in Limuges, France.
During the span of his career, Charlie has received numerous awards and accomplishments in the music industry. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and continues to travel internationally.