Markbass rising star Gabriel Severn wins Additional International DownBeat Student Music Awards.

April 26, 2019, 7:13 a.m.

Severn has won the “Junior High School Honors Jazz Soloist” category, he has received the “Junior High School Honors Outstanding Original Composition for Small Ensemble” award for his recently released single, “Kick Start”, and his band, Teen Town, has received the “Honors Ensemble Outstanding Performance” award.

DownBeat Magazine is the premier magazine for jazz and blues enthusiasts and professionals around the world. The DownBeat awards are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education and the educational equivalent to the Grammys. Established in 1976, the esteemed international competition recognizes outstanding young artists in middle school, high school, and college. Winners are selected from thousands of entries from around the world, and results are published each year in the June issue of the magazine.

In 2018, Severn won two DownBeat awards, one with his original composition “Song for Fina” in the category of “Junior High School Original Composition for Small Ensemble”, and the other for “Junior High School Outstanding Performance Award for Jazz Soloist” category.

As a result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Severn was able to record the award-winning “Song for Fina” with the multi-Grammy-nominated group Special EFX. While in the studio, Severn and Special EFX also recorded his composition, “Kick Start”, which earned him a second DownBeat award for composition. “Kick Start” is dedicated to his Kickstarter supporters, and both tunes were released recently on Spotify, iTunes, and all streaming sites.

Severn’s band, Teen Town, has received the “Honors Ensemble Outstanding Performance” award. Drummer Logan Bedard (16) and Keyboardist Connor Rohrer (19) met Severn at the Central PA Friends of Jazz Camp several years ago. Since forming in 2017, Teen Town has toured throughout Pennsylvania, appearing at many festivals, concerts, on TV and on radio. They recently were featured on WVIA 89.7 FM’s Homegrown Music broadcast, and will be featured again on May 13 in a Homegrown Music Concert, to be broadcast live on WVIA.

Severn developed a love for the bass before he could even talk, and began playing at age 7. A few months later he joined a Motown tribute band. His devotion to the instrument has led him to win multiple awards, perform coast to coast, appear on radio, TV, and at many notable music festivals, play alongside many of his musical heroes, and record his music with some of the world’s most prominent jazz artists. He is an endorsing artist for Markbass, Ernie Ball Music Man, Carlos Pavicich Strings, Singular Sound, ADV Sound, and Soundbrenner. He’s performed with Teen Town at the 2018 and 2019 Berks Jazz Fests, and performed solo at the the 2018 and 2019 NAMM Shows, the 2018 Dallas International Guitar Festival, the Berkshires Jazz Festival, and most recently with Doug Wimbish (of Living Colour) at his WimBash. Severn has studied with Victor Wooten, Anthony Wellington, Adam Nitti, and Tim Breon. He’s had the honor of receiving scholarships to Wooten’s Bass/Nature Camp, the Berklee College of Music’s Groove School, and the Central PA Jazz Camp, and has also attended Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, the Keystone Jazz Institute, and the Uptown Music Collective.

DownBeat is recognized as the top publication devoted to “Jazz, Blues, and Beyond” since its inception in 1934. Hundreds of musicians, music educators and music industry professionals received their first international recognition as DownBeat Student Music Award winners. Judging criteria is based on musicianship, creativity, improvisation, technique, sound quality and balance, excitement and authority.

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Many Congrats to Gabriel from everyone at Markbass!!!





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