Gabriele Tranchina

When you have been described as “a German-born, Parisian chanteuse, with Brazilian stylings, who is a cross between Ute Lemper, Mireille Mathieu and Tania Maria,” it’s hard to live inside any musical box.

~ Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower,


Gabriele Tranchina is musically at home in many styles. With a strong background in jazz, she moves between Jazz, Latin and World Fusion, making her a perfect crossover artist.

Gabriele has her roots in Germany, where she was born, but her love for other cultures inspired her extended travels throughout Europe and Asia.

These experiences bring a unique sensibility to her work, matching her one-of-a-kind voice. 

Settling in New York, Ms. Tranchina took advantage of its multi-cultural environment, giving her further inspiration for her work as an artist.

Musical Influences

At the age 16, Gabriele was introduced to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chick Corea’s “Return to Forever” with singer Flora Purim, as well as Ella Fitzgerald.

As a performer, she still draws from those influences. In artists like Flora Purim, Ella Fitzgerald and Jobim, Gabriele found qualities that inhabit her very own: fearlessness, a connectedness to nature and beauty, joy, sophistication and exploration, backed by a solid technique.

She combines those many influences into her own brand of expression, expansively and freely, pouring her heart into each song, always with a clear point of view to communicate.

Gabriele’s ability to use rhythm, resting underneath her vocals, surges the music forward, keeping it alive in each moment. She is comfortable singing in German, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and English, so a strong international influence is never far away.

Her vocals, which have been called “impressive,” “technically perfect,” and “just breathtaking,” caused jazz legend, Mark Murphy, to say “Gabriele sings like a bird and swings and swings until the cows come home.”

Recent Works

In recent years Gabriele’s recordings have covered jazz standards, Brazilian, Latin and world music as well as compositions, mostly penned by her husband, Joe Vincent Tranchina. Her CD’s have been received with abundant praise and have further established her as a singer of the highest order. Her band members are musicians who are as much respected by their peers as they are celebrated by the public.

“Gabriele’s warm and inviting personality shines throughout Of Sailing Ships and the Stars in your Eyes (Rainchant Eclectic Records RER 1001, Oct 2017). One can sense her love of singing and of music, of life and of community, making the songs on this album truly special.”

The music of Of Sailing Ships and the Stars in your Eyes lets us discover a woman who is in full flower of her artistic gifts, in command of who she is as a singer, what she wants us to know about her music, and invites us to join her on a magical ride that will leave us changed in a very good way.

Getting to Know Gabriele

In her personal life Gabriele finds great enjoyment in the arts, dance, theatre, film, and photography. One of her greatest joys is cooking. She has been cooking since age 11 and finds it to be her other outlet for creativity aside from making music. She loves nature and plants and has the magic “green thumb”. Gardening is an activity that puts her into “Zen”.

At night she enjoys watching PBS mysteries and dramas, everything from “Downton Abbey” to “Vera”. Old movies and dramas with either a great plot or comedies are always welcome.

She is a big fan of Billie Wilder.  Sci-fi and Fantasy like “StarWars” and “The Lord of the Rings” also capture her fancy.

She likes to read magazines and blogs about health and fitness, as well as early childhood related blogs, and is very interested in research about the brain.

Self help authors lile Deepak Chopra, Esther Hicks, Wayne Dwyer keep her focused and in the positive.

When she drives, she either listens to music or NPR.

Past Gigs/Festivals


Blue Note, NYC
Cleopatra’s Needle, NY
Cornelia Street Café, NY
Feinstein’s/Loews Regency Hotel, NYC

Goshen Music Hall, NY
Lenox Lounge, NY
Metropolitan Room, NY
Penn Club, NY
The Marriott Marquis Hotel, NY

The Metronome, NY
The Triad, NY
The Turning Point Cafe, NY
Trattoria Grasso, NY
Trumpets Jazz Club,  NJ

USA Concert/Festivals

Brotherhood Winery Jazz Fest, NY
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Cente, NYC
Celebrate Diversity Festival Harlem, NYC
Flushing Townhall, NYC
Greenwood Lake Concert Series, NY
Lehman Center for the Arts, NYC

Long Island Winterfest, NY
Music at the Lake, Greenwood Lake, NY
National Academy of Design, NY
NY Institute of Technology, NY
NJPAC, Prelude Series, NJ
Newburgh Jazz Series, NY

Roxbury Arts Alliance, NJ
Greater Middletown Concert Assoc, CT
The Vision Festival, NY
Warick Valley Jazz Festival, NY


Achteckiges Haus, Darmstadt
Bessunger Knabenschule, Darmstadt
Café Extra, Kleinkunstbühne Büttelborn
Café Grössenwahn, Frankfurt/M.
Gruberhof, Gross-Umstadt
Centralstation, Darmstadt
Heinerfest, Darmstadt
Hessen Jazz Tage, Idstein
Hochzeitsturmfestival, Darmstadt

Hofgarten, Aschaffenburg
Jadghofkeller, Darmstadt
Jazzkeller, Frankfurt
Keller-Kunst-Keller, Kleinkunstbühne Ingelheim
Mini Jazz Fest, Darmstadt
Oktave Jazzclub, Darmstadt
Stadthalle Jazzlounge, Gross-Umstadt
TUFA, Trier