Pablo Held (born 1986) grew up in a family of musicians. From early age on he was exposed to music from various backgrounds. At the age of 4 he took his first drumming lessons; at age 10 he moved on to the piano. With 18 he began studying with John Taylor and Hubert Nuss at the Conservatory in Cologne, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Pablo gained recognition with his own groups Pablo Held Trio and GLOW and his collaboration with guitar legend John Scofield. He is also very active as a sideman in various projects in the European jazz scene.

He collaborated with the likes of John Scofield, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Anders Jormin, Jorge Rossy, Nasheet Waits, Marcus Gilmore, WDR Bigband & NDR Bigband, Jim Beard, Nils Wogram, Johannes Enders, Tim Hagans and many more.

 Concert tours took him to the USA, China, Korea, England, Ireland, Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Austria and Luxemburg.

Pablo has appeared on over 30 records. His own CDs have been and gained worldwide praise in the music media i.e. DOWNBEAT Magazine included the record „The Trio meets John Scofield“ in their „best albums of 2015“ list.

In 2014 the Pablo Held Trio was chosen by the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) to go on an extensive tour as „Rising Stars“ through some of the greatest concert halls in Europe, presenting their music in places like the Barbican in London, the Palais des Beaux Artes in Brussel, the L’Auditori in Barcelona and many more.

Pablo is the recipient of the Westfalen Jazz Prize (2006), the WDR Jazz Prize (2011) and the Horst & Gretl Will Grand of the City of Cologne (2012). Furthermore The Pablo Held Trio received the SWR Jazzprize in 2014.

In the spring of 2018 Pablo will release "Investigations - his tenth album as a leader - on the british label Edition Records.




Pablo Held Trio live @ JazzAhead 2016

Pablo Held GLOW - "Chiffre" (live 2017)

John Scofield & Pablo Held Trio - Pretty Out (live 2017)

Pablo Held Trio - live @ A-Trane 2017

Pablo Held Trio feat. John Scofield - "Someone to watch over me"

Pablo Held - Roses Blue (live April 2017)

Pablo Held Trio - Nocturne

Pablo Held & Dave Liebman - Valse Nobles Et Sentimentales

Pablo Held Trio feat. Chris Potter - Chiffre


20.02.2019 Köln / DE LOFT Stefan Karl Schmid Pyjama Band
11.03.2019 Zürich / CH Zürcher Hochschule Der Künste Pablo Held Trio


14.03.2019 Köln / DE Studio 672 Menzel Mutzke Quartet
16.03.2019 Otelfingen / CH Mühle Otelfingen Pablo Held Trio
18.03.2019 Köln / DE LOFT PH Meets: Norma Winstone/Yuri Goloubev/Michal Miskiewicz
19.03.2019 London / UK Pizza Express Gwilym Symcock & Pablo Held Duo
07.04.2019 Hannover / DE Tonhalle Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
09.04.2019 Paris / FR Sunset Sunside Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
11.04.2019 Essen / DE Stadtbibliothek Essen Pablo Held Trio
12.04.2019 Tübingen / DE Bechstein Haus Pablo Held Trio
03.05.2019 Brussels / BE Jazz Station Nic Thys/Antoine Pierre/Jesse Van Ruller/Pablo Held
07.05.2019 Köln / DE Acht Brücken Festival Adventure Time
20.05.2019 Köln / DE LOFT PH Meets: Shannon Barnett/Jason Seizer/Phil Donkin/Joost Patocka
02.06.2019 Amsterdam / NL Jazz At The Vic Jasper Blom Quartet feat. Pablo Held
27.06.2019 Köln / DE Riverside Studios Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
04.07.2019 Schwäbisch Gmünd / DE LandesJazzFestival Pablo Held Trio feat. Lionel Loueke
02.12.2019 Köln / DE LOFT PH MEETS: Liz Cosack/Elisabeth Coudoux/Robert Landfermann/Christian Lillinger

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Pablo Held




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Jolanda Vujasinovic | Tambour Management




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Pablo Held Presskit

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