"Brianna Sabatino is one of the most talented young performers to hit the festival scene. Her vocals are strong and beautiful and her stage presence is striking. Brianna's band, Gypsy Jones, is packed with impressive talented musicians. We were certainly proud to present Gypsy Jones at the 2012 BIG MUDDY BLUES FESTIVAL in St. Louis. No doubt, Brianna Sabatino will be an irresistible force in the music world!"
- Laura Kochan, President, LaDeDa Entertainment
"[Gypsy Jones] is a "must-see", featuring the soulful vocals of Brianna Sabatino with an all-pro band of seasoned musicians that has amazed large crowds with their performances at "Fair St Louis", "Big Muddy Blues Fest", "Lucky Dog Benefit", and others."
-James 'Sky King' Stoneking, Editor, SkyReport
Gypsy Jones is...
* Brianna Sabatino, Vocals
* Glenn Harris, Guitar
* David Glauber, Guitar
* Eric Keener, Keys
* Don Biver, Drums
* Joe Vander Pluym, Bass
Gypsy Jones formed in 2010 to record songs written by Brianna’s father Chuck Sabatino. Chuck played in bands with Michael McDonald in the St Louis Metro East area and in Michael’s band after he left the Doobie Brother’s. Chuck, unfortunately passed in 1996 but his legacy lives on through Brianna and her powerful voice, and much of Gypsy Jones’ musical style can be attributed to his inﬂuence. The bands name comes from a combination of Brianna’s nickname Gypsy, and a homage to one of Chuck and Don Biver’s bands, Jake Jones. While Brianna is featured, Gypsy Jones feels as much like a family as a band.
It’s straight ahead rock but with a strong thread of blues and funky grooves woven through it all. Brianna’s youth and powerful voice combined with the well seasoned band cooks up ﬂavors that blend artists of today like Adele, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, with the best of the Allman Brothers, the Doors, and soul and blues artist Etta James.
Vocalist Brianna Sabatino is as comfortable singing Led Zeppelin as Tina Turner. Her youthful 28 years can fool you as she’s an old soul, vocally and personally. She is a strong, smooth singer, passionate with every note. She consistently blows everyone away.
Drummer Don Biver had also played with Brianna’s father, Chuck and Michael McDonald and has been go-to drummer for many of the top St. Louis bands. One of Don’s earliest bands, The Del Rays, opened at Busch Stadium for The Beatles...Yeah, The Beatles!
Guitarist Glenn Harris sites George Harrison as his earliest inﬂuence, and to this day has an undying affection for melodic guitar music. He made a living for years playing in offbeat cover bands with dear friends. In the 80’s, Glenn worked out of Nashville running sound for Leon Russell and Tracy Lawrence. Glenn’s inspiring melodies and ideas are as integral to Gypsy Jones as George’s were to his band.
Guitarist David Glauber now ﬁnds himself surrounded and collaborating with the very people who inspired him to take up guitar. He started in his early teens playing St. Louis clubs. After studying music at the University of North Texas, David returned to his roots and has been fortunate to keep his music alive with friends and family. “It’s such a great feeling to be in this amazing ensemble. The sound has deep roots, but it lives and breathes the music of today.”
Keyboardist Eric Keener is a multi instrumentalist. His Hammond organ and classic Wurlitzer piano style are as integral to the rhythm section as the melody. Part of the bands feel is due to Eric, Glen and Joe’s ability to anticipate each other, having worked together on stage and in the studio.
Bassist Joe Vander Pluym says “Many bassist are frustrated guitarist, but I’m a bass player, that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. I love the feel of the bass and drums making a song rumble” The bands groove is built on Joe and Don’s churning, tight, soulful rhythms.