Bahamian trumpeter Giveton Gelin, by virtue of winning the 2020 LetterOne RISING STARS Jazz Award, has been awarded a 10-city North American tour to play before thousands of fans and the crème-de-la-crème of the jazz music industry....
JAZZ TIMES: GIVETON GELIN WINS 'RISING STAR' AWARD
21-year-old Bahamian trumpeter currently attending the Juilliard School in New York, has won the 2020 LetterOne “Rising Stars” Jazz Award, the third time the honor has been given. He received the award at a ceremony in London on January 22...
Giveton has a beautiful sound and feel conception about the music. He’s definitely an important part of the wave of younger musicians who have the intellect, feeling, and intensity to perpetuate the highest levels of our music.
MUSICA JAZZ: NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
"There is a scene of musicians of the new generation who are my age and are very good. Some play in my quintet: Immanuel Wilkins, Micah Thomas, Kyle Benford, and Philip Norris. Then there's Joel Ross, the vibraphonist who recently signed for Blue Note, or Russell Hall. There are many. It is a scene that will grow exponentially..."
THE INSPIRE GROUP
"We go through life searching for our life’s calling. I was fortunate to have found mine very early. The moment I felt deeply inspired by music was the moment I knew I wanted to make this a career..."
JAZZ SPEAKS: GIVETON GELIN
Growing up in the Bahamas, Giveton Gelin quickly learned his musical ABCs: always be communicating. Playing beside the pulpit or on the bandstand, the trumpet player and composer shares what’s on his mind and in his ears, leaving plenty of room for response. The unspoken language he’s developed as a bandleader allows him to stretch inside his other roles: guide, interpreter, and truth seeker...
I really love Giveton’s sound and vocal quality that he has when he plays. He is one of the few players that I have heard that actually sings through the horn.
GRITTY VIBES: THE PRIDE OF THE BAHAMAS
"My Bahamian roots absolutely influences my approach to music and to playing the trumpet. I believe that your music is an extension of your life, your experiences, your highs and lows, your personality..."
GORDAN PARKS FOUNDATION
Despite years of self-tutelage it wasn't until he saw double bass player Adrian D'Aguilar playing live that Giveton realised "there was a place for jazz in the Bahamas!" Through this encounter led to Giveton taking part in music program abroad such as The Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp Jazz Band...