As a teenager Gabriel played with the multi award winning Aylesbury Music Centre Big Band, the Dacorum Brass Band, the Hemel Hempstead Brass Band, the Dacorum Youth Orchestra, the Dacorum Wind Band and started his own jazz trio at school.
Gabriel attended the Royal Academy of Music jazz course from 1991 to 1995, during which time he was playing with NYJO.
Since then he has worked with many well-respected bands, including Sir John Dankworth’s Generation Band, the Mike Garrick Jazz Orchestra, Derek Nash’s Sax Appeal Big Band, the Nick Ross Orchestra, the Len Phillips Big Band, the Pete Cater Big Band, Gerard Presencer’s Big Band, Big Band Metheny, the Willie Garnett Big Band, Kai’s Cats, King Candy and the Sugar Push, Feast of Fiddles, the Blues Brothers Experience, the FBI, Utter Madness, Payback, Gloria Scott, the Rat Pack Show, Maroon Town and countless other bands in all styles, touring the British Isles, Europe and across the world.
Gabriel leads various groups of his own – his current projects include: his Expansions, the Original Quintet, the Swinging Standards Septet and of course the Gabriel Garrick Big Band. Education is also a passion for Gabriel – not only does he direct the Jazz Academy holiday courses founded by Michael but gives private tuition to players of all ages and of all standards.