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.