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 - Haiku Kit

Pablo Held Trio - Nocturne

Pablo Held & Dave Liebman - Valse Nobles Et Sentimentales

Pablo Held Trio feat. Chris Potter - Chiffre

Pablo Held Trio - "Round Midnight" (live @ Bimhuis February 2017)


21.09.2018 Germering / DE Stadthalle Jason Seizer Quartet
22.09.2018 Köln / DE LOFT PH MEETS Enrique Oliver/Felix Henkelhausen/Martijn Vink
27.09.2018 Koksijde / BE Casino Koksijde Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
28.09.2018 Harelbeke / BE CC Het Spoor Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
29.09.2018 Leuven / BE CC Leuven Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
03.10.2018 Bilzen / BE CC De Kimpel Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
04.10.2018 Ronse / BE CC DE Ververij Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
05.10.2018 Antwerp / BE Rataplan Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
06.10.2018 Köln / DE Pianohaus Schoke Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
10.10.2018 Ostende / BE Kaap Vrijstaat O Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
11.10.2018 Sint Niklaas / BE De Casino Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
12.10.2018 Gent / BE Handelsbeurs Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
13.10.2018 Mechelen / BE Nona Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
18.10.2018 Esslingen / DE Jazzfestival Pablo Held Trio feat. Ralph Towner
19.10.2018 Salzburg / AU Jazz & The City Pablo Held Trio feat. Ralph Towner
20.10.2018 Salzburg / AU Jazz & The City Pablo Held Trio
26.10.2018 Mol / BE CC't Getouw Dré Pallemaerts Quartet
27.10.2018 Brussels / BE Jazz Station Pablo Held Quartet
02.11.2018 Nieder Olm / DE Rathaus Pablo Held Trio
04.11.2018 Birmingham / UK East Side Jazz Club Pablo Held Trio feat. Percy Pursglove
05.11.2018 London / UK Guildhall School Of Music & Drama Pablo Held Trio feat. Percy Pursglove
06.11.2018 Ludwigshafen / DE Enjoy Jazz Pablo Held Trio
07.11.2018 Leipzig / DE Hochschule für Musik & Theater Pablo Held Trio


08.11.2018 Leipzig / DE Hochschule für Musik & Theater Pablo Held Trio


09.11.2018 Hamm / DE Kurhaus Hamm Pablo Held Trio
10.11.2018 Guimaraes / POR Guimaraes Jazzfestival Pablo Held Trio
13.11.2018 Almeria / ESP Clasijazz Pablo Held Trio feat. Jorge Rossy
14.11.2018 Barcelona / ESP Jazz Jamboree Pablo Held Trio feat. Jorge Rossy
17.11.2018 Aachen / DE Klangbrücke Pablo Held Trio
18.11.2018 Offenburg / DE Jazzfestival Jazz D'Or Pablo Held Trio feat. Nelson Veras
20.11.2018 Amsterdam / NL Conservatorium Van Amsterdam Pablo Held Masterclass
22.11.2018 London / UK London Jazz Fest Tim Garland's "Weather Walker" Trio
25.11.2018 Köln / DE KLAENG Festival @ Stadtgarten Pablo Held's Buoyancy Band
04.12.2018 Köln / DE LOFT Jason Seizer Quartet
06.12.2018 Bremen / DE Alter Sendesaal Jason Seizer Quartet
08.02.2019 Osnabrück / DE Lutherhaus Pablo Held Trio
09.02.2019 Frankfurt / DE Alte Oper Pablo Held Trio
10.02.2019 Meschede / DE Alte Synagoge Pablo Held Trio
16.03.2019 Otelfingen / CH Mühle Otelfingen Pablo Held Trio

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