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|Birth name||Tom Gaebel|
13 January 1975 |
Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
|Genres||Traditional pop, jazz, vocal|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, trombone, piano|
|Website||www.tom-gaebel.de (in German and English)|
Tom Gaebel is a German singer and leader of a big band named after himself. He changed the spelling of his last name, avoiding the umlaut to give it an international sheen. In addition to singing and arranging music, Gaebel writes lyrics in English.
Tom Gaebel was born on 13 January 1975 in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, into a musical family. His younger brother Denis Gäbel plays tenor saxophone in the Tom Gaebel big band. Colin Gäbel is a singer and guitarist in addition to being a renowned TV presenter and reporter about computer games; he is a member of the rock band Mondo Kane. Tom started with music lessons at an early age and he plays several instruments, including drums, violin, trombone, and piano. Even during his high-school days, he was a member of bands, including two big bands and a rock band called Goresaw. He attended the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and in October 2004, Gaebel received a major in jazz singing from the Conservatorium. After performing and singing in various big bands, such as The Young Sinatras and the Tobias Kremer Big Band, he formed his own group in 2005.
His debut solo album “Introducing: Myself” was released in 2005 and became a best seller. A live DVD, “Live in Concert”, followed in 2006. His second album, “Good Life”, from 2007, featured more of Gaebel’s original numbers. 2008’s "Don't Wanna Dance" spotlighted Gaebel expanding his style to pop and soul, with songs influenced by the Motown sound. In 2010, he released two new albums. "Music to Watch Girls By" focused on the style of late 1960s easy listening ballads and uptempo numbers, and a Christmas album, "Easy Christmas" which includes new songs for the season written by Gaebel.
In June 2010, Gaebel and his big band performed at the Sommerfest for the Federal President Christian Wulff held at Castle Bellevue in Berlin.
Gaebel is known as a gifted writer; he contributes a blog to his official MySpace site.
2003 The Unknown – The Young Sinatras
2003 Sinatra – Tobias Kremer Big Band featuring Tom Gaebel
2003 The Day That Lies Ahead – Tom Gaebel
2004 SWING! – Tom Gaebel & the Tobias Kremer Big Band
2005 Introducing: Myself
2007 Good Life
2008 Single: "Highway To Hell" Jazzkantine featuring Tom Gaebel
2008 Single: "So Easy" from the Album Don't Wanna Dance
2008 Don’t Wanna Dance
2010 Music to Watch Girls By
2010 Easy Christmas
2006 Tom Gaebel & his Big Band – Live in Concert
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