Gabe is originally from Little Falls, NY, a small town in upstate New York at the southern, he performed in jazz, funk, and pop bands in the Miami scene. Most notably, Gabe was a lead guitarist for well know '90's bands the Crosstown Chameleons and A.J. and the Stick People. In the late 1990's Gabe escaped to the West Coast with his jazz-guitar repertoire and set up shop in San Francisco. While in San Francisco, Gabe studied jazz and classical theory at San Francisco State University, eventually breaking onto the San Francisco jazz scene with his first self led group, the Gabe Stivala Quartet.
Gabe's jazz influences include Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Jimmy Raney, Branford Marsalis, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell.
Gabe has had the honor of playing with many great musicians including Oscar Stivala (father), Caroline Lyon, Ingrid Peters, Gerry Pineda, Alex Reiff, Casey Lipka, Ali Sakkal, Craig Kleinman, Hal Stein, Bill McClanahan, Nicky Danielson, Al Vasquez, Mark Angeles, William Van Slyke, James Madaloni, Eric Haase, Richard Hubacker, Wil Montgmoery, Rob Kayes, Billy Scherer, A.J. Hill, Ben Stivers, Demetrius Brown, Paul Brill, Doug Pizzy, David Diaz, and many more.
By day, Gabe saves the planet through his work as a registered Professional Geologist.