City teen heads to LA to perform at NAMM

Electric bassist Gabriel Severn, a 13-year-old in seventh grade at Loyalsock Township Middle School, will head to Los Angeles on Jan. 24 to perform at NAMM. NAMM is the world’s largest music trade show, held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center every January and attended by more than 100,000 people.

Internationally recognized as a child prodigy on the bass guitar, Severn is already an endorsing artist for Ernie Ball Music Man, whose artist roster includes notable musicians such as Bruno Mars, Lenny Kravitz and Joe Walsh. He also is an endorsing artist with the international Makbass Amps, and will perform on the stages sponsored by both companies. He has his own line of custom bass strings made by Carlos Pavicich in France.

Severn first began playing the bass at age 7, taking lessons with local guitarist Tim Breon. He also takes regular lessons with renowned bass teachers Anthony Wellington and Adam Nitti. Gabriel frequently performs throughout the northeast with his own jazz/fusion/funk band, Teen Town, and also with Bolivian piano phenom Jose Andre and his trio. Locally he plays with the Uptown Music Collective’s Just Jazz, and was previously in the UMC band, the Urban Souls.

Gabriel received international recognition at age 11 when his video performing Jaco Pastorius’ solo on Havona went viral. The attention on social media set the wheels in motion for his career as a professional bassist.

Severn has been a guest with the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra, the Lock Haven University Jazz Ensemble, the Bucknell University Jazz Ensemble and at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. He’s performed with a variety of bands at the Scranton Jazz Festival, the Lock Haven Jazz and Music Festival, the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, the Williamsport Welcomes the World Festival, the Lycoming County Fair, the Dauphin County Music and Wine Fest, the Downtown Billtown Music Festival and the Central PA Jazz Festival. He’s played double bass with the Williamsport Symphony’s Junior Strings and plays in the school concert and jazz bands.

As part of his preparation for his performances at NAMM, Gabriel will perform a solo set 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Stonehouse Wood Fired Pizza and Pasteria, 343 Pine St.