Innovation and Impact: Past Participants

Gabe Pollack


Manager, The Bop Stop

Gabriel Pollack graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 2011 with a BA in Environmental Studies and a BM in Jazz Entrepreneurship with a concentration in jazz trumpet performance. Upon graduating, Gabe was hired as an East Coast Agent and Production Manager at Jim Wadsworth Productions and Nighttown, a Downbeat top 100 jazz club located in Cleveland Heights, OH. Gabe was responsible for producing over 220 concerts annually at Nighttown while also booking national and international tours for notable jazz artists including The Four Freshmen, Cyrille Aimee, Larry Coryell, Bernard Purdie, and Freddy Cole. While working at Nighttown, Gabe served on the board of the Cleveland International Folk Festival and taught at the Roberto Ocasio Foundation Latin Jazz Camp. In June 2014, Gabe was hired by The Music Settlement to manage BOP STOP, a state of the art music venue located in Cleveland’s Hingetown neighborhood. His work at BOP STOP serves the greater Cleveland community through excellent programs in music and arts instruction, music therapy, early childhood education, and public performances which include jazz, classical, rock, bluegrass, comedy, and cabaret. Gabe’s work has been profiled in Downbeat Magazine.

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