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biography

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.

video

PABLO HELD TRIO plays INVESTIGATIONS

PABLO HELD's BUOYANCY BAND - "FLOATER" (live)

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

concerts

07.04.2019 Hannover / DE Tonhalle Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
08.04.2019 Horn-Bad Meinberg / DE Red Horn District 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
17.04.2019 Vals / CH Hotel 7132 Pablo Held & Simon Willson Duo
18.04.2019 Vals / CH Hotel 7132 Pablo Held & Simon Willson Duo
19.04.2019 Vals / CH Hotel 7132 Pablo Held & Simon Willson Duo
20.04.2019 Vals / CH Hotel 7132 Pablo Held & Simon Willson Duo
21.04.2019 Vals / CH Hotel 7132 Pablo Held & Simon Willson Duo
03.05.2019 Brussels / BE Jazz Station Nic Thys/Antoine Pierre/Jesse Van Ruller/Pablo Held
07.05.2019 Köln / DE Acht Brücken Festival RE: CALAMARI
20.05.2019 Köln / DE LOFT PH Meets: Shannon Barnett/Jason Seizer/Phil Donkin/Joost Patocka
22.05.2019 Madrid / ESP Bogui Jazz Pablo Held Solo
09.06.2019 Amsterdam / NL Red Light Jazz Festival Jasper Blom Quartet feat. Pablo Held
15.06.2019 Dortmund / DE Domicil Pablo Held Trio
27.06.2019 Köln / DE Riverside Studios Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
04.07.2019 Schwäbisch Gmünd / DE LandesJazzFestival Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
06.07.2019 Gütersloh / DE Theater Pablo Held Trio
19.07.2019 Frankfurt / DE Emma Metzler RE: CALAMARI
31.08.2019 Fischerhude / DE Fischerhuder Hofkonzerte Pablo Held Trio
11.10.2019 Tillburg / NL Paradox Pablo Held Trio
30.10.2019 Maastricht / NL Jazz Maastricht Festival Pablo Held Trio
03.11.2019 Erding / DE Jazz Tage Jason Seizer Quartet
04.11.2019 Köln / DE LOFT PH Meets: TBA
07.11.2019 München / DE Unterfahrt Henning Sieverts "Night Songs" feat. Johannes Enders & Pablo Held
08.11.2019 Karlsruhe / DE Jazzclub Henning Sieverts "Night Songs" feat. Johannes Enders & Pablo Held
02.12.2019 Köln / DE LOFT PH MEETS: Liz Cosack/Elisabeth Coudoux/Robert Landfermann/Christian Lillinger
26.03.2020 Bremen / DE Alter Sendesaal Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
27.03.2020 Singen / DE Jazzclub Singen Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
26.02.2021 Basel / CH Museum Tinguely Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
26.02.2021 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
27.02.2021 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras

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