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DAN GABEL AND THE ABLETONES

Dan Gabel and The Abletones is an authentic 18-piece orchestra, dedicated to (re)creating the sights and sounds of the Big Band Era. The group wears matching tuxedos, uses vintage mutes and stands, employs period performance practice including vibrato and dance rhythms, and has a library of over 4,000 arrangements. At each performance, the group dedicates a number to our veterans, and honors the rich heritage of this unique American musical art form. Focusing on the sound of the 1930s and 40s, music by Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Chick Webb, Count Basie, Gene Krupa, and many others are heard. The group also specializes in lesser-known bands and songs, offering as one fan said: “something for dancers, casual listeners, jazz fans and experts alike...an experience that transports you back to 1942.”

Some of the band’s recent engagements include: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Inaugural Ball, Gov. Deval Patrick, Scullers Jazz Club, Mechanics Hall, Museum of American Armor (Long Island), Veterans Inc, Tall Ships/Newburyport Maritime Museum, Star Island (NH), many non-profit organizations, civic groups, businesses, retirement communities, weddings, ballrooms, and swing dances everywhere.

Dan Gabel and The Abletones Dectet

Dan Gabel and The Abletones Dectet is the smaller version of the Big Band to suit smaller stages (or smaller budgets!). The Abletones is an authentic 10-piece orchestra, dedicated to (re)creating the sights and sounds of the Big Band Era. The group wears matching tuxedos, uses vintage mutes and stands, employs period performance practice including vibrato and dance rhythms, and has a library of over 4,000 arrangements. At each performance, the group dedicates a number to our veterans, and honors the rich heritage of this unique American musical art form. Focusing on the sound of the 1930s and 40s, music by Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Chick Webb, Count Basie, Gene Krupa, and many others are heard. The group also specializes in lesser-known bands and songs, offering as one fan said: “something for dancers, casual listeners, jazz fans and experts alike...an experience that transports you back to 1942.”

Some of the band’s recent engagements include: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Inaugural Ball, Gov. Deval Patrick, Scullers Jazz Club, Mechanics Hall, Museum of American Armor (Long Island), Veterans Inc, Tall Ships/Newburyport Maritime Museum, Star Island (NH), many non-profit organizations, civic groups, businesses, retirement communities, weddings, ballrooms, and swing dances everywhere.

High Society Orchestra

Dan Gabel’s High Society Orchestra
“The 20s Roar Again!”

Founded in 1976 by Dr. Warren “Bud” Trow, Gabel took over leadership of The High Society Orchestra in 2006. Since then, this authentic 11-piece band has been heard throughout the Northeast at dances, vintage events, weddings, fundraisers, summer concerts, retirement homes, and on several critically-acclaimed recordings.

Dan Gabel’s High Society Orchestra is dedicated to (re)creating the sights and sounds of the Roaring ‘20s era. The group wears matching tuxedos, uses vintage mutes and stands, employs period performance practice including vibrato and dance rhythms, and has a library of over 1,000 arrangements. At each performance, the group dedicates a number to our veterans, and honors the rich heritage of this unique American musical art form. Focusing on the sound of the 1920s and 30s, music by Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman, Bix Beiderbecke and many others are heard. The group also specializes in lesser-known bands and songs, offering as one fan said: “something for dancers, casual listeners, jazz fans and experts alike…an experience that transports you back to 1925.”

Some of the band’s recent engagements include: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Inaugural Ball, Gov. Deval Patrick, Scullers Jazz Club, Art Deco Weekend at the Newport Mansions, Star Island’s Gatsby on the Isles, Moments in Time Vintage Dance Weekend, plus performances for many non-profit organizations, civic groups, businesses, retirement communities, weddings, ballrooms, and dances everywhere.

Combos

Looking for live music, love the vintage sound, but think the Big Band is too large for your space? We’ve got you covered!

The Abletones Combo is a great solution for cocktail hour, intimate parties, jazz clubs or private events. The group can be flexible in terms of size, instrumentation, and musical styles. Each situation is different, and we can tailor the group to fit your event.
Contact us today for more information and to discuss how we can best serve you!

Tributes/Themed Shows

Meet the Bands:
Themed Shows/Tributes

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Jazz Ultimate

New Orleans Traditional Jazz at its finest!

In the 1950s, two legendary musicians collaborated to create some of the happiest, most swinging jazz ever recorded. Jack Teagarden (trombone) and Bobby Hackett (cornet) recorded Jazz Ultimate and Coast Concert on Capitol Records, and influenced generations of musicians. Now, Jazz Ultimate is a new group co-led by trombonist Dan Gabel and cornetist Dave Whitney to pay homage to their heroes, and celebrate this great music in a new and exciting way.
Dan Gabel is also available to present a lecture as part of this concert titled “Jazz Ultimate: a legendary collaboration of music.”

Band Members:
Dan Gabel: trombone, vocals, arranger, co-leader
Dave Whitney: cornet, vocals, co-leader
Billy Novick: clarinet, alto sax
Bill Doyle: rhythm guitar, banjo
Herb Gardner: piano, trombone, vocals
Justin Meyer: string bass
Steve Taddeo, drums

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Tribute to Benny Goodman’s Combos

The King of Swing’s Small Group Jazz

Benny Goodman’s clarinet may be best remembered with his Orchestra, but his small combos (the Trio, Quartet, and Sextet) are some of the greatest in Jazz History. Now, the Abletones Swing Combo honors this incredible music. The group can range from 3 to 7 pieces, and is great for swing dances, functions, concerts, and more. Dan Gabel is also available to give a lecture titled “The King of Swing: Benny Goodman’s Legendary Small Groups.”

Band Members:
Dan Gabel: drums, vocals, arranger, bandleader
John Clark: clarinet, arranger
Ross Petot: piano
Quartet: Sarah “Happy” Kim: vibraphone
Sextet: adding bass and electric guitar

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The Centennial ‘Jass’ Band

Celebrating a Century of Recorded Jazz

In 1917, a group of five musicians were the first to record music that was called Jazz or ‘Jass.’ The Original Dixieland ‘Jass’ Band became one of the most popular groups in the world during this period, and influenced generations of musicians, helping to shape what would evolve into this American musical art form. Though this group was not the first to play “jazz” and is often controversial, the music is unique, important, and enjoyable. The new Centennial ‘Jass’ Band celebrates the ODJB and other “Fabulous Fives” groups of the pre-jazz era in authentic performances.

Band Members:
Dan Gabel: trombone, vocal, cow “moo”
Jeff Hughes: cornet, vocal, horse “whinny”
John Clark: clarinet, vocal, sheep “bahh”
Yahn Frenkl: piano, group morale
Bill Reynolds: drums, traps, and barnyard “hokum”

Jazz Ultimate

New Orleans Traditional Jazz at its finest!

In the 1950s, two legendary musicians collaborated to create some of the happiest, most swinging jazz ever recorded. Jack Teagarden (trombone) and Bobby Hackett (cornet) recorded Jazz Ultimate and Coast Concert on Capitol Records, and influenced generations of musicians. Now, Jazz Ultimate is a new group co-led by trombonist Dan Gabel and cornetist Dave Whitney to pay homage to their heroes, and celebrate this great music in a new and exciting way.
Dan Gabel is also available to present a lecture as part of this concert titled “Jazz Ultimate: a legendary collaboration of music.”

Band Members:
Dan Gabel: trombone, vocals, arranger, co-leader
Dave Whitney: cornet, vocals, co-leader
Billy Novick: clarinet, alto sax
Bill Doyle: rhythm guitar, banjo
Herb Gardner: piano, trombone, vocals
Justin Meyer: string bass
Steve Taddeo, drums

Tribute to Benny Goodman’s Combos

The King of Swing’s Small Group Jazz

Benny Goodman’s Clarinet May Be Best Remembered With His Orchestra, But His Small Combos (The Trio, Quartet, And Sextet) Are Some Of The Greatest In Jazz History. Now, The Abletones Swing Combo Honors This Incredible Music. The Group Can Range From 3 To 7 Pieces, And Is Great For Swing Dances, Functions, Concerts, And More. Dan Gabel Is Also Available To Give A Lecture Titled “The King Of Swing: Benny Goodman’s Legendary Small Groups.”

Band Members:
Dan Gabel: Drums, Vocals, Arranger, Bandleader
John Clark: Clarinet, Arranger
Ross Petot: Piano
Quartet: Sarah “Happy” Kim: Vibraphone
Sextet: Adding Bass And Electric Guitar

The Centennial ‘Jass’ Band

Celebrating a Century of Recorded Jazz

In 1917, a group of five musicians were the first to record music that was called Jazz or ‘Jass.’ The Original Dixieland ‘Jass’ Band became one of the most popular groups in the world during this period, and influenced generations of musicians, helping to shape what would evolve into this American musical art form. Though this group was not the first to play “jazz” and is often controversial, the music is unique, important, and enjoyable. The new Centennial ‘Jass’ Band celebrates the ODJB and other “Fabulous Fives” groups of the pre-jazz era in authentic performances.

Band Members:
Dan Gabel: trombone, vocal, cow “moo”
Jeff Hughes: cornet, vocal, horse “whinny”
John Clark: clarinet, vocal, sheep “bahh”
Yahn Frenkl: piano, group morale
Bill Reynolds: drums, traps, and barnyard “hokum”

The Moon Maids

~4-piece female vocal group specializing in music of the 1940s~

The music of the 1940s defined the entire era, and the sounds of the Big Bands and close harmony vocal groups dominated the air waves, dance halls, and record grooves. Now, that legendary sound is alive again with: The Moon Maids, authentic 4-piece vocal group.

Formed by four best friends from central Texas in 1944, The Moon Maids were one of the first 4-female groups. The original four girls joined Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra in March of 1946, and had racked up several top hits during their debut season, including the million-seller There! I’ve Said it Again. The name is a nod to maestro Monroe’s theme tune, Racing with the Moon, and countless other “moon” song hits (remember Blue Moon, Moon Over Miami, Moonglow, etc.). After Vaughn Monroe broke up his regular band to pursue a solo career, the Moon Maids went on to sing on hundreds of advertising jingles on radio and TV, and record several albums.

Today, the new Moon Maids Vocal Group consists of four talented young female singers in the Boston area. With the blessing of the Monroe family and the surviving group members (three of whom are alive and well in 2019, in their 90s!), the group continues with the rich tradition of close harmony singing.

The current Moon Maids vocal group consists of:
● Sarah Callinan, leader and 2nd voice
● Annie Kerins, 1st voice
● Emily Greenslit, 3rd voice
● Helena Greenslit, 4th voice

The group’s repertoire has expanded to include the wonderful Andrews Sisters songs, as well as famous vocal group tunes recorded by Tommy Dorsey (with the Pied Pipers and the Sentimentalists), Glenn Miller (with the Modernaires), and even the Chordettes. Some of their repertoire includes:
● Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
● Chattanooga Choo Choo
● Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree
● There! I’ve Said it Again
● Let’s Get Lost
● They Say It’s Wonderful
● You Were Meant for Me
● The Things We Did Last Summer
● Camel Caravan (radio jingle theme)

The Moon Maids are the perfect addition to your event, especially in a WWII/USO-themed show where hit songs are interspersed with vintage commercials and jingles.

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