Update Giacomo Gates + Follow

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

The criteria for defining jazz singing will probably be argued for the rest of time. But no matter which side of the argument one may be on, there can be no doubt that Giacomo Gates is an authentic jazz vocalist. Heavily steeped in the traditions of the original vocal improvisers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald through their modern counterparts Betty Carter and Leon Thomas, Giacomo's own approach draws most heavily from the bebop-rooted masters like Jon Hendricks, Babs Gonzales, King Pleasure and most of all, Eddie Jefferson. Like his influences, Gates has forged his own unique path.

In his own words, “In this kind of music it's about intention, honesty and what comes through in your voice--the Experience of Life.” Without question, Giacomo's life experience is unlike any other jazz artist that may come to mind. Blessed with a full-bodied and mellifluous voice, extraordinary rhythmic precision and an unerring sense of lyricism, Gates' total command of the vernacular, boundless creativity and exuberant passion set him apart from nearly every other vocalist on the scene. However, he didn't display his talents to the public-at-large until 1990, at 40 years of age. Prior to that, Gates led the life of a hardworking blue collar ‘man's man.' After a number of years driving everything from school buses to cattle transporters to 18-wheelers, Giacomo departed for the Alaskan wilderness in 1975, working for 14 years in a variety of jobs, including three years on the Alaska Pipeline. Whether he was doing road construction, operating scrapers, loaders and bulldozers, or driving spikes into railway tracks in the flatland emptiness of the tundra with no directional guides other than a compass and the sky, Gates found these experiences to be powerful stimulation for developing his own artistic expression....
read more

CD/LP/Track Review

Interviews

CD/LP/Track Review

Artist Profiles

Live Reviews

CD/LP/Track Review

More articles about Giacomo Gates

Music

Featured recording “The Revolution Will Be Jazz”

The Revolution Will Be Jazz

Savant Records
2011
  • BUY

    The Revolution Will Be Jazz

    Savant Records
    2011
  • BUY

    Luminosity

    DoubleDave Music
    2008
  • BUY

    Centerpiece


    2004
View Discography Page

This information is provided by the musician profile administrator or discogs.com.

Events

Date Event Ticket
Feb28 Giacomo Gates
Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Sarasota, FL
buy

Post these events to your social pages. Learn how here.

Rank: 2,473
Views: 7,906
Fans: 1
Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

or search site with Google

Help improve the Giacomo Gates profile

All About Jazz musician profiles are maintained by musicians, publicists and trusted members like you. Interested? Tell us why you would like to improve the Giacomo Gates musician profile.

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.