Pablo Held, born in 1986, grew up in a family of musicians in Hagen and came into contact with music of various origins at an early age.
At the age of 18 he began his jazz piano studies in Cologne with John Taylor and Hubert Nuss, which he completed with distinction.
In 2006 he founded the Pablo Held Trio with Robert Landfermann & Jonas Burgwinkel, which has released 10 successful albums on Pirouet Records & Edition Records since its inception.
Many of the recordings were on the best lists of the worldwide trade press. The American magazine "All About Jazz" calls the trio "a world class trio of special talent", Ralph Towner talks about it as "an important example for the evolution of the piano trio in jazz" and John Scofield praises the trio as "one of the best groups of today's music".
Pablo can also be heard as a sideman on over 30 recordings.
The WDR Jazzpreis, the SWR Jazzpreis, the Horst & Gretl Will Scholarship, the Förderpreis des Landes NRW and the Westfalen Jazzpreis are just a few of the prizes and awards that Pablo Held has received over the years.
Pablo Held has collaborated with John Scofield, Ralph Towner, Chris Potter, Jorge Rossy, Nasheet Waits, Norma Winstone, Mark Feldman, Anders Jormin, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell and Mike Gibbs.
Concert tours take Pablo throughout Europe, Asia, North & South America and Canada, often in collaboration with the Goethe Institute.
Since 2017 Pablo has been curating his own concert series at the LOFT in Cologne called "Pablo Held Meets".

Since 2018 Pablo Held has been on the road with a new exciting project in addition to his longtime trio: "Pablo Held's Buoyancy Band" with Kit Downes, Percy Pursglove and Sean Carpio.

In his successful interview series "Pablo Held Investigates", Pablo has been talking to musicians like Wayne Shorter, Joey Baron
Thomas Morgan, Bill Stewart, John Scofield, Norma Winstone, Larry Goldings and Dave Longstreth on their approaches and various aspects of music. Selected interviews from the series have already been published in print editions of the JazzThing magazine.

His organizational show itself in the work with Cologne jazz collective KLAENG, which he co-founded in 2009 with his friends. KLAENG is hosts several festivals, concert series, workshops and runs its own label KLAENGrecords.

Pablo Held teaches at the IFM Osnabrück, at the Conservatory of Maastricht and gives workshops worldwide.





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


23.09.2019 Köln / DE LOFT PH Meets: Bo Van Der Werf/Martin Nevin/Iago Fernandez
28.09.2019 Aartswoud / NL Voices Festival Francien Van Tuinen Band
11.10.2019 Tillburg / NL Paradox Pablo Held Trio
12.10.2019 Kalchreuth / DE Brozzi Jazz Pablo Held Trio
13.10.2019 Frankfurt / DE Jazz Montez Pablo Held Trio
15.10.2019 Mannheim / DE Ella & Louis Pablo Held Trio
18.10.2019 Karlsruhe / DE Jazzfestival Pablo Held Trio
25.10.2019 Köln / DE Galerie Freiraum Jason Seizer Quartet
30.10.2019 Maastricht / NL Jazz Maastricht Festival Pablo Held Trio
03.11.2019 Erding / DE Jazztage Erding Jason Seizer Quartet
04.11.2019 Köln / DE LOFT PH MEETS: Ben Monder/Clemens Van Der Feen/Leif Berger
07.11.2019 München / DE Unterfahrt Henning Sieverts "Night Songs" feat. Johannes Enders & Pablo Held
08.11.2019 Karlsruhe / DE Hemmingway Lounge Henning Sieverts "Night Songs" feat. Johannes Enders & Pablo Held
25.11.2019 Tiengen / DE Jazz im Schloß Menzel Mutzke Quartet
02.12.2019 Köln / DE LOFT PH MEETS: Liz Cosack/Elisabeth Coudoux/Robert Landfermann/Christian Lillinger
06.12.2019 Frankfurt / DE Jazz Montez Jason Seizer Quartet
12.12.2019 Köln / DE King Georg Pablo Held w/ Loren Stillman, Christian Ramond & Fabian Arends
15.02.2020 Aachen / DE Klangbrücke RE: CALAMARI
26.03.2020 Marseille / FR Le Cri Du Port Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
27.03.2020 Singen / DE Jazzclub Singen Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
28.03.2020 Bremen / DE Alter Sendesaal Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
03.04.2020 Köln / DE Stadtgarten Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
04.04.2020 Köln / DE Stadtgarten Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
18.04.2020 Neuburg / DE Birdland Jason Seizer Quartet
16.05.2020 Agathenburg / DE Schloß Agathenburg Menzel Mutzke Quartet
16.07.2020 Frankfurt / DE Palmengarten Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
04.10.2020 Köln / DE WDR kleiner Sendesaal KLAENG + WDR Bigband
10.10.2020 Elmau / DE Schloß Elmau Pablo Held Trio
13.11.2020 Weilheim / DE Ammertöne Jason Seizer Quartet
24.11.2020 Illingen / DE Illipse Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
29.11.2020 Freiburg / DE Jazzhaus Freiburg Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
04.12.2020 Küsnacht / CH Jazz&More Küsnacht Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
26.02.2021 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
26.02.2021 Basel / CH Museum Tinguely Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
27.02.2021 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras

contact / legal notice

design: / programming:
photo landing page: Nadine Heller-Menzel / photo contact page: Nadine Heller-Menzel