From Liege, BE - Based in London, UK
Guitar - Nicolas Meier
Violin - Richard Jones
Bass - Nick Kacal
Drums - Saleem Raman
Gabrielle Ducomble is a Belgian-born vocalist and composer, renowned for her pure, beautiful voice, which effortlessly combines sophistication and powerful emotion. She has earned wide acclaim for her Parisian jazz and tango arrangements, presenting a fresh, contemporary take on iconic songs by the likes of Piaf, Piazzolla, Legrand and Brel, and becoming an ever popular performer in the UK and across Europe.
Ducomble’s latest innovative self-penned album, Across the Bridge (release - September 2018), features twelve original compositions in English and her native French. Drawing on her love of jazz, chansons, tango, latin rhythm and new-age, the songs tell of uplifting stories and dreams on themes of nature, art, social justice and ideology.
Gabrielle Ducomble will embark on her fourth UK live tour this autumn to promote the new album with her band including guitar virtuoso Nicolas Meier.
Gabrielle moved from her native Belgium to London following success reaching the final of the French Idol competition in 2003 and studied jazz at the Guildhall in London. She is now performing with her own quintet and big band in addition to touring, television and radio appearances.
Gabrielle has performed at top London venues, from intimate jazz clubs to concert halls. She sang with the Aurora Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Southbank Centre’s 2013 The Rest Is Noise festival, at Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs, The Royal Albert Hall, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Pheasantry, Crazy Coqs and Hideaway.
At St James Theatre, she played to great acclaim twice at the EFG London Jazz Festival and for its Jazz Divas series alongside Jacqui Dankworth and Tina May. Another significant appearance was at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017, singing to a full house, further establishing herself as one of the rising stars on the jazz scene.
Recently interviewed on London Live TV and on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends for the release of Notes from Paris album (Jazz FM’s Album of the Week) where presenter Emma Freud praised Gabrielle’s “astonishingly beautiful voice”.
She has recorded three albums and completed three UK tours, gathering fans in jazz clubs, theatres and arts centres from Wakefield to St Ives.
Further afield, she has performed in Europe and the US.
Gabrielle received rave reviews for her two special shows in 2015 and 2016, The Michel Legrand Songbook at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, and The Music of Claude Nougaro (‘Parfait’ Jazz in Europe) at the Crazy Coqs, two artists that have deeply affected and inspired her musical career.
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▸ Across The Bridge - Preview
Release: Sept 21, 2018
▸ Notes From Paris
Released: Feb 05, 2014 - ℗ 2014 MGP Records
▸ J'ai Deux Amours
Released: Aug 01, 2011 - ℗ 2011 Gabrielle Ducomble
Oblivion Video Clip
Live at Jazz Club Soho London
Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra featuring Gabrielle Ducomble on National British TV (BT SPORT1)
Gabrielle Ducomble Band's recording session (Libertango)
"Charismatic, sophisticated and charming performer leaving audiences spellbound in her wake"
"The Gabrielle Ducomble Quintet blew us away"
Dave Lyons - Fleece Jazz
"Wow. Just wow."
Sebastian Scotney - London Jazz News
"Astonishingly beautiful voice"
BBC Radio 4 - Loose Ends
Clive Davis - The Sunday Times
"Polished, classy and refined"
Jazz UK Magazine
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