On Tour with "John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio" from April 30th-May 9th 2015!


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. He is also very active as a sideman in various projects in the European jazz scene.

He gave concerts in the USA, 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.

He collaborated with the likes of John Scofield, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, Till Brönner, Johannes Enders, Jochen Rückert, Uli Beckerhoff, WDR BigBand, NDR Bigband, Ignaz Dinné, Eric Vloeimans, Nicolas Thys, Dre Pallemaerts, Jasper Blom, Matthias Nadolny, Claudio Puntin, Claus Stötter, Manfred Schoof, Julian Argüelles, Kit Downes, Paul Heller, Henning Sieverts, Nils Wogram, John Schröder, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Ted Poor, Matthieu Michel, Domenic Landolf, Jason Seizer, Donny McCaslin...

Pablo has appeared on over 20 records. His own CDs have been released on the German label Pirouet Records and gained worldwide praise in the music media.

Music and Glow were ‘CD of the Month’ in various magazines and music blogs.

Pablo was awarded the Westfalen Jazz Prize (2006), the WDR Jazz Prize (2011) and the Horst & Gretl Will Grand of the City of Cologne (2012).

In 2014 Pablo Held Trio receives the SWR Jazzprize.


Held’s music concentrates on manipulating the waves of energy released by his trio as they twist into each other, move alongside one another, and tow each other across the channels. They truly move like brothers-at-arms. (...)Held’s trio displays crisp synchronized movements and a melodic timing that makes these tracks jump out at the listener. The trio’s incisions cross over each other and loop around one another with the proficient maneuvers of an acrobat team. This is where jazz music meets the visual arts, and Pablo Held shows a knack for making this transformation. (Susan Frances, Jazztimes)

„Held isn’t about art, he’s clearly about jazz, he just has his own unique vision of the future of it---and he will be shaping it.  A tasty work that pushes limits with a reason, Held is well worth checking out if you want to hear a real statement from a real player.“  (Chris Spector, Midwest Record)

„His music is freely executed but somehow tethered to an accessible form, function and sound. This is music that remains focused but is, nonetheless, completely unpredictable.“ (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz)

„He proves to be a brilliant sonic chemist, capable of mixing any instruments in balance, making it difficult on occasion to distinguish one instrument from the other, but easy to revel in the aural concoctions—whether stormy or sublime—of his creation.“ (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz)

"Music" is the name of Held's new album, and the simple yet meaningful title expresses a self-confidence that Pablo Held has every right to possess. Completely without pretence, and playing with expressive ease, his trio relies completely on the music's inner strength. Music with its own sound and unique atmospheric mood." (Arnaldo Desouteiro, Jazz Station)

"The Cologne-based pianist Pablo Held is already seen as a hero of the young German jazz scene. His new album will earn him even more veneration." (Ssirus W. Pakzad, Der Musikmarkt)

"With his third album for the exceptional Pirouet label, the young pianist distinguishes himself above all as a composer overflowing with ideas." (Norbert Krampf, Frankfurt Journal)

„If you had around 15 bucks to spare and wanted to make a contribution to the advancement of the human race you could do a lot worse than buy Pablo Held’s first CD, Forest of Oblivion“. (Paul Zettler TrioRiot)




Pablo Held Trio feat. Chris Potter - Chiffre

Pablo Held Trio - Nocturne

Pablo Held Trio - Live @ JazzBaltica 2012

Short Documentary on the recording session of "Elders"

Pablo Held Trio – Melody/Run Live im LOFT 2010


31.03.2015 Köln / DE Metronom Matthew Halpin Quartet
08.04.2015 München / DE Unterfahrt Jason Seizer's "Cinema Paradiso"
09.04.2015 Elmau / DE Schloß Elmau Jason Seizer's "Cinema Paradiso"
30.04.2015 Cremona / IT Cremona Jazz John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio
01.05.2015 Milano / IT Blue Note Milano John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio
02.05.2015 Hard / AT Kammgarn Kulturwerkstatt John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio
03.05.2015 Cheltenham / GB Cheltenham Jazzfestival John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio
05.05.2015 Berlin / DE A-Trane John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio
06.05.2015 Götheborg / SE Nefertiti Jazzclub John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio
07.05.2015 Uppsala / SE Katalin John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio
08.05.2015 Neuburg a.d. Donau / DE Birdland Neuburg John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio
09.05.2015 Hamar / NO Hamar Kulturhus John Scofield meets the Pablo Held Trio
30.05.2015 Hamburg / DE ELBJAZZ Festival Pablo Held Trio
30.05.2015 Hamburg / DE ELBJAZZ Festival Sebastian Gille Quartet

Hamburg Jazzprize Ceremony

20.06.2015 Esslingen / DE Esslingen Jazzfestival Pablo Held Trio / Pablo Held GLOW
19.07.2015 Zürich / CH Villa Schneckenmann Albert Sanz/Pablo Held Duo
24.07.2015 Ausgburg / DE Augsburger Jazzsommer Pablo Held Trio
05.09.2015 Köln / DE Schoke Flügel & Pianos Pablo Held Trio
06.09.2015 Leer / DE Jazz im Speicher Pablo Held Trio
07.09.2015 Krefeld / DE Jazz im Theater Foyer Pablo Held Trio
09.09.2015 Berlin / DE A-Trane Pablo Held Trio
10.09.2015 Berlin / DE A-Trane Pablo Held Trio
11.09.2015 Leipzig / DE Jazzclub Telegraph Pablo Held Trio
12.09.2015 Bielefeld / DE Bunker Ulmenwall Pablo Held Trio
13.09.2015 Freiburg / DE Jazzhaus Freiburg Pablo Held Trio
29.10.2015 Köln Stadtgarten Sebastian Müller PEEL
01.11.2015 Landsberg / DE Stadttheater Pablo Held Trio
15.11.2015 Hagen / DE Emil Schumacher Museum Pablo Held Trio
04.12.2015 Neuburg a.d. Donau / DE Birdland Neuburg Jason Seizer's "Cinema Paradiso"
21.01.2016 Gelsenkirchen / DE Consol Theater Pablo Held Trio
22.01.2016 Bremen / DE Alter Sendesaal Pablo Held Trio
08.04.2016 Herdecke / DE Werner Richard Saal Pablo Held Trio
28.05.2016 Basel / CH Museum Tinguely Wayne's World feat. Domenic Landolf, Mats Spillmann, Pablo Held, Stephan Kurmann & Jorge Rossy
29.05.2016 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Wayne's World feat. Domenic Landolf, Mats Spillmann, Pablo Held, Stephan Kurmann & Jorge Rossy
02.07.2016 Zoglau / DE Zoglau3 Pablo Held Trio
06.07.2016 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio
07.07.2016 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio
08.07.2016 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio
09.07.2016 Basel / CH Bird's Eye Pablo Held Trio


Pablo Held


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