The future of jazz can be heard in Gina Sobel’s music. She’s known for her improvising prowess on flute, and is an accomplished vocalist, saxophonist and composer. Her music features keen lyrics and expansive melodies, and brings together elements of funk, modal jams and found sounds. Gina is a consummate bandleader and an eager collaborator, all in the service of making good music.
Gina plays with musicians in genres ranging from hip hop to bluegrass. She released a solo album called World’s Getting Loud in 2016, which acts as an internal travelogue, filled out with lush layers of stratocaster and voice. Gina is currently working on an album with her newest project, a live-composed funk collective called Choose Your Own Adventure, which builds tight, catchy tunes from the drums up.
Gina tours regularly around the United States. She is currently a Strathmore Artist in Residence pursuing her original compositions, and part of the Virginia Heritage Foundation’s apprenticeship program, studying with Susan Gaeta.
Gina is proud to be an Audix Microphone artist.
Pulse – Dave Cantor
Sobel’s not a diffuse talent…though she might be performing in someone else’s band, playing flute or sax in a jazz combo or switching between guitars in a folk-inclined setting, Sobel’s spirit’s one that’s easy to pick out…it’s all in service of better being able to get what’s in her head out through her instrument — no matter what genre she’s playing.
Cville Weekly – Mary Shea Valliant
“On her new album, World’s Getting Loud, Sobel draws inspiration from touring and traveling…it’s about loneliness and separation, excitement and curiosity.”
Bolder Beat – Dawn Raymond
“Listening to Gina Sobel and the Mighty Fine feels like a mid-summer celebration- you can almost feel the sun kiss your face. The down-to-earth style and the upbeat tempo of their sound nearly demands that you get on your feet and get your groove on.”
Audix Microphones – Sarah Snyder
“Multi-instrumentalist Gina Sobel is a kaleidoscope of musical talent, genres, and pure vibe. A young and vibrant part of the new face of jazz music, Gina rips through long-held stereotypes of genre to forge her own sound, which is being met with enthusiasm by a growing and diverse audience.”
AAA Music – Marguerite Gallorini
“This band (Gina Sobel and the Mighty Fine) has just the right blend between earnest lyrics that anyone can relate to, good jazz, funk and rock improvisation parts from everyone in the band, and a dynamic energy to link it all.”
The Bend Bulletin – Brian McElhiney
“On a given night, you could see Gina Sobel fronting a four-piece rock band. The next night (or indeed, later that same evening) the Charlottesville, Virginia, singer-songwriter might sit in with a jazz group, ripping saxophone and flute solos. Another night, she could be playing with her boyfriend Matt Draper in their rootsy acoustic duo Incognito. Of course, she’s perfectly comfortable by herself onstage with just a microphone and acoustic guitar.”
“Multifaceted singer and musician Gina Sobel brings a unique, vibrant energy to the stage. With her melodic voice and the twinge of funk, jazz and improv present in her music, she earns the warm accolades put forth…”
Cville Niche – Erin O’Hare
“Gina Sobel is one of Charlottesville’s most versatile musicians. She sings, plays flute, saxophone and guitar, and her music explores jazz, folk, rock, and many other genres.”