Gabriel Angelo is a San Francisco kid like many others. What makes him different is his enthusiasm for old jazz and blues pearls and his instrument, the trumpet.

I met him already during my earlier days in San Francisco when I passed the intersection at Mission/4th close to the downtown area. I couldn’t forget his performance while playing amazing grace, all dressed up like from different times way back. Next to him and open suitcase filled with dollar notes.

Daniel, the photographer I am working with, always wanted to take photos of “the trumpet kid” and I saw this as a good opportunity to shoot a small video about him. Apparently the reason why he’s performing day after day is a very simple one. He plays on the streets to earn money for his music lessons at the S.F. Conservatory of Music and Berkeley Jazz School. And when you see him out there just passing by, it feels like he is a professional and experienced performer. Kind of a grown-up in a childs costume, handing out business cards to people who are interested in booking him for an event. But after I got to talk to him I realized, he’s a kid like all the others but also a kid like no other.

Currently he’s taking part in America’s got talent and after such a long time ignoring this show I will propably follow it from now on.

To give you some news about my Design Journey after a while: This will be the last article from San Francisco. Early tomorrow morning I’ll be sitting in a plane heading down to Cancun, Mexico. Staying for a night in the tourist metropole and heading on to Havana, Cuba, on tuesday. I’ll be staying there for around 2 weeks, traveling and also working ( still kind of a secret ) before I hop again on a plane to visit a friend from my childhood. Nicola, who lives in Santo Domingo, will be my host for a while. What I’ll be doing in the Domenican Republic will be figured out during my time in Cuba but to be honest, I’m kinda fine with going to the beach and having my first surfing lessons for a while. Further plans are pretty rough at the moment. All I know is that South America is going to be my last journeyman stop before I’m heading back to Europe.

A big thanks to all the San Franciscans who took good care of me, especially Daniel. He’s an amazing host and I’m looking forward to spend the next 2 weeks with him down south.

I hope to get the chance to come back to this lovely city very soon.

Grateful
fabsn

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Mixed analog and digital.
All photographs © by Daniel Castro
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  1. Justus on Montag 28, 2011

    Nice work! May i ask for the type of camera and filter you used for this video?

  2. Julja on Montag 28, 2011

    This kid is great – following is passion makes him so special. Great shots of him.

  3. [...] Dressed to the nines, trumpet player Gabriel Angelo busks at the corner of Mission and 4th in San Francisco to earn money to continue his music education at San Francisco Conservatory and JazzSchool in Berkeley. Fabian Sixtus Körner of Stories of a Journeyman filmed a short documentary on Gabriel doing his thing in The Trumpet Kid. [...]

  4. [...] Dressed to the nines, trumpet player Gabriel Angelo busks at the corner of Mission and 4th in San Francisco to earn money to continue his music education at San Francisco Conservatory and JazzSchool in Berkeley. Fabian Sixtus Körner of Stories of a Journeyman filmed a short documentary on Gabriel doing his thing in The Trumpet Kid. [...]

  5. [...] Dressed to the nines, trumpet player Gabriel Angelo busks at the corner of Mission and 4th in San Francisco to earn money to continue his music education at San Francisco Conservatory and JazzSchool in Berkeley. Fabian Sixtus Körner of Stories of a Journeyman filmed a short documentary on Gabriel doing his thing in The Trumpet Kid. [...]

  6. fabsn on Montag 28, 2011

    Justus, I shot on a 5d mark II, the post was done in after effects.

    Julja, phanx :)

  7. [...] A 29-year-old German journeyman touring the world named Fabian Sixtus Körner met Angelo on the corner of 4th and Mission, and working with photographer Daniel Castro, Körner filmed a short documentary for his delightful Stories of a Journeyman. He called it “The Trumpet Kid.” [...]

  8. Austrovadder on Montag 28, 2011

    Absolutely cool that kid. Fabian Sixtus good job on the video and good luck and lots of sucess in Cuba.

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    I’m gonna go play mario kart now .____.

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  12. Kurt Thompson on Montag 28, 2011

    Hey Fabsn,
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    Keep up the good work
    Thanks for referring any new students my way!
    Your Friend,
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