Bob Reneke, Mr. Sinatra's long-time friend and personal assistant, said of Gabriel, "This guy has all of Frank's style and snap, nobody else has it!"
On June 12, 2014, Gabriel Russo won the "Frank Sinatra Idol Competition" held in Frank's hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey. He competed against 14 other performers from around the States and Canada.
Gabe was born in the Philadelphia area a long time ago and now lives the artists life in the mountains north of Atlanta.
As an Actor and Singer he has a special knack for portraying Frank Sinatra and at times when the light is right, the physical likeness is uncanny.
His commitment to keeping this music alive and viable is evident in his performance.
Gabe began singing with his Dad, tuxedo and all, when he was eight. They continued to perform together, in nightclubs over the northeast; "Cafe Continental", "Latin Casino", "Crescendo", "The Host Club" and more into the '80's.
An actor since 1973, he's been fortunate enough to portray many characters on stage from 'King Arthur' to 'Oscar Madison' and even "Death" once.
Playing Six string, Twelve string and Bass Guitar he has performed in bands as well as being a solo acoustic (folk singer) act.
This background of youthful crooning, years of acting and solo performing it's no mistake that Gabe is uniquely able to capture the ease and comfort on stage that typify the finest performers of those golden years.
He can often be seen Performing with Jim Noe, formerly of the Atlanta Opera Company, in their, "Nearly the Rat Pack" Show.
Whether he's performing his one-man show, "Summer Wind, An Intimate Evening with Frank Sinatra," performing With Jim somewhere or entertaining at a small gathering his portrayal of Mr. Sinatra is "deft and 'spot-on'."
We bring his shows to you in several affordable formats: Lights and Back-Drops available.
"The Small Show", Solo w/professional pre-recorded music .... "Not So Small", Performance w/Piano Player. with/without recordings.
"The Trio + Gabe" Performance w/Piano, Bass and Drums ..... "Quintet + Gabe" w/Piano, Bass, Drums, Trombone and Saxophone or Trumpet.
...Or Gabe and Jim in all the same formats.