About Us


Dan Gabel and The Abletones is an authentic 18-piece Big Band, specializing in the music of the 1930s and 40s. Bandleader Dan Gabel has played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for over a year on a world-tour, played with the Tommy Dorsey and Hal McIntyre Orchestras, and is considered an expert on the big band era. He graduated with a Masters Degree in 2014 from New England Conservatory of Music, and is an active trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and teacher in the greater Boston music scene.

The band features vocalist Elise Roth, who encapsulates the look and sound of the big band era, dazzling audiences with her vocal precision and style. The Abletones sport a vintage look with matching tuxedos, vests and ties, and use period equipment, such as 1930s era mutes and stands. The Worcester Telegram has said that "Dan Gabel is the real deal! A band that looks and sounds just like the WWII era." 

Dan Gabel and The Abletones has played at Scullers Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA, Boston Swing Central, Boston Swing City, played and recorded at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, backed both The Four Freshmen and Chris Calloway Brooks (Cab Calloway's grandson), entertained numerous retirement communities (for 10 years in a row), and at weddings, estates, colleges, town commons, television stations, town commons, theaters, churches, clubs, and dance halls all over New England.

In November 2013, the band played a special USO event for Veteran's Day at Hotel Commonwealth in Boston. In July 2014, the band played for Governor Deval Patrick, in January 2015 at an Inaugural Celebration for Governor Charlie Baker, and in 2017 at the Tall Ships celebration. In 2017, we also had the honor and privilege to bring back the music of Vaughn Monroe,in cooperation with the New England Conservatory and the Monroe family (see sidebar).

Other clients include the Greater Boston Vintage Society, the Musicology Department of New England Conservatory, Veterans Inc, the Massachusetts State Parks Commission, The "Lawn on D" in Boston, and many others.

  1. We bring an audio system to each venue to provide consistency and balance.

  2. We set the stage, literally, with stand fronts and vintage mutes.

  3. We wear tuxedos with color-coordinated vests and ties and leave no detail unnoticed, including pocket squares and french cuff shirts.

  1. We believe that in addition to the ability to re-create an authentic sound, there needs to be a visual that conveys the same ideal.

We believe that you and your guests should come away feeling that, at least for a few hours, you were in an earlier, care-free time.

How can we serve you? We’re available for:

  1. Private Parties

  2. Dance Groups/Organizations

  3. Master Classes/Seminars for Schools

  4. Indoor/Outdoor Concerts

  5. Charitable/Fundraising Events

  6. Retirement Communities

  7. Veterans’ Organizations

  8. Corporate Functions

  9. Weddings

  10. Clubs/Restaurants/Hotels

Shows and Packages

All of the following may include an educational component geared for elementary, middle school, high school, or college classes/assemblies. Multi-media presentations are available, as well as dance instruction and demonstration.

The Big Bands Are Back!

A revue of the big bands, including the sights and sounds of the era when swing music was king, and boosted the morale of the nation during the Second World War. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Les Brown, Vaughn Monroe, Harry James, and many others are included in this salute to great music!

Homesick for New England

Features hits from famous bands from New England, including Artie Shaw, Vaughn Monroe, Bobby Hackett, and others. Also features music from the Abletones 2013 CD release of the same title, including two songs about each of the six New England states.

The Vaughn Monroe Show

Through special arrangement with New England Conservatory and the Monroe family, the entire Vaughn Monroe library is brought back to life! This show features our regular 18-piece band, augmented by 4 vocalists (a tribute to Vaughn’s “Moon Maids” singing quartet), professional dancers, complete with comedy skits, television clips and original commercials. All the hits from Racing with the Moon, There I've Said It Again, Ballerina, and (Ghost) Riders in the Sky, to more rare instrumentals including Take it Jackson and Harvard Square are together in this unforgettable presentation of both the music and the bygone era of the variety show. (Click here for more information.)

Happy Holidays

A full big band holiday spectacular! The band plays the hits, includes sing-alongs, and some rarities that big bands and vocalists performed in the 1930s and 40s.