Line-up: JASON REBELLO piano; ORLANDO LE FLEMING bass; TROY MILLER drums
Due to one of Robert's band members testing positive for Covid, the whole group now need to isolate but we are delighted to present Jason Rebello and his group. We wish them all a speedy recovery.
Celebrated British jazz pianist Jason Rebello was labelled a veteran by critics at 19 and over the next decade won most of the major jazz music awards.
“In terms of sheer ability and potential, Jason is probably the finest young jazz musician this country has produced. His playing has great poise and maturity, which is unusual in somebody so young.”
Stuart Nicholson, author Jazz: The Modern Resurgence
“At 21, he’s probably the most gifted and fluent pianist to emerge in Britain since Django Bates”
Neville Hadsley, Jazz FM 1990
Classically trained but inspired by Herbie Hancock, he came to the attention of one of the founders of jazz fusion, Weather Report’s saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Impressed by his musical fluency and style, Shorter produced his No 1 debut album A Clearer View October 1990 Novus PD 90527.
In 1999 Jason travelled to New York to record Next Time Round with his trio featuring Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and talented British bassist Orlando Le Fleming. The album was a return to acoustic jazz.
“…No one has ever doubted that Rebello is possessed of a great pianistic gift – His great technical strengths, delicacy of touch, fluency of execution, a burnished, pellucid tone had been easily and naturally harnessed in the service of a lyrical immediately attractive melody imbued with an affecting, faintly melancholic earnestness”
Chris Parker, ‘The Times’ 1999
Technique, diversity and adaptability have enabled Jason to work with artists across the musical spectrum such as Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Joss Stone, Madeline Peyroux, Manu Katche and recently Charlene Soraia. In 2007 Jason inspired by family life in Bath embarked on the Jazz Rainbow project. Created as through of a love of teaching and a belief that expression through music is an important part of a child”s development, Jason has worked nationally to promote learning through musical workshops in schools. The project resulted in Jazz Rainbow November 2007 JUMBY RECORDS JRCD1, a charming reinvention of much loved children”s tunes the whole family could enjoy.
Following the untimely death in 1998 of piano legend and personal hero Kenny Kirkland, Jason was invited by Sting to take his seat in the band. Jason recorded with Sting on his Grammy winning album Brand New Day 1999 and Sacred Love 2003. He toured the world as part of Sting’s band for 6 years and on the night of September 11 2001, Jason recorded the live DVD and CD All this Time at Sting’s home in Tuscany.
It was through an introduction from Sting that Jason met guitar legend Jeff Beck. Beck was looking for a new keyboard player to follow Jan Hammer. He was keen to recruit Jason, whose keyboard skills and musical versatility complemented Beck’s love to improvise and experiment in the world of fusion.
Jason once again toured the world as part of Beck’s band for 6 years, and was introduced to the world of Rock music. He worked together with Beck on his 2010 album Emotion and Commotion and co-wrote the single Hammerhead which won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and was voted a Rock Classic by Planet Rock Radio.
In 2103 Jason released “Anything but Look” featuring Omar, Will Downing, Jacob Collier, Joy Rose, Pino Palladino, Troy Miller, Paul Stacey, Jeremy Stacey, Miles Bould, George Rebello, Xantone Black.
His latest solo piano CD ‘Held‘ on Edition Records won best new CD in the 2016 British Jazz Awards. https://editionrecords.com/releases/held/
In 2018 he recorded on Tim Garland’s Album ‘Weather Walker‘. Jason continues to teach, lecturing at various schools and music colleges including The Guildhall School of Music and Bath Spa University. He also helped to set up the Jazz Factory at the Wiltshire Music Centre.
LINE-UP: ROBERT MITCHELL keys, percussion, sampler; ALICE ZAWADZKI vocals, violin; ZAYN MOHAMMED guitars; TOM MASON bass, keys; SALEEM RAMAN drums, percussion and special guest: YELFRIS VALDÉS trumpet.
‘Mitchell is a lyricist and a thinker, and British jazz is far richer for his presence.' Mike Butler
The band True Think is a multi-generational, multi-cultural reflection of several periods of Robert Mitchell’s journey. Pulling on jazz traditions from the deep South through to today’s European scene, hip hop and adding in a knowledge of modern classical back to Baroque.
Performing the music from their forthcoming album of powerful songs of protest, love and peace, they blend electronic, jazz, RnB, spoken word, film and folk influences together to create a unique sound. Joining Robert Mitchell (keys, perc, sampler) on stage will be vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer Alice Zawadzki, multi-instrumentalist Zayn Mohammed, multi-genre bassist/keys player Tom Mason, and drummer and percussionist Saleem Raman. On the night, the band will be joined by special guest, Cuban trumpeter Yelfris Valdés. A brilliant improviser, known to bring a spark of Cuban rhythms to his collaborations.
‘Mitchell is possessed of possibly the most prodigious technique I’ve heard in any pianoman and he used it to the full. Lance Liddle
Tonight's show celebrates Robert's 50th birthday. He was MD on the successful BBC4 television programme 'Jazz 625 Live: For One Night Only' which won the British Broadcasting Award. He has played with Billy Harper, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine CBE, Alicia Olatuja, Orphy Robinson, Steve Coleman, Phil Ranelin, Omar Puente, Ernesto Simpson, Daymé Arocena, Jason Rebello, Shirley Smart, Basement Jaxx, Dub Colossus, Daniel Casimir, Joshua Redman, Jacqui Dankworth MBE, and many others. Robert Mitchell’s works have been performed by the Grammy-winning Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and the London Sinfonietta, amongst others. He is a sought-for composer and known as an innovator with a distinct, unique voice.
'The astonishing Robert Mitchell, familiar as the pianist and MD for the recent ‘BBC Four celebrates Jazz 625 For One Night Only’, took the keyboard apart in every sense of the word. He uses both hands and sometimes cross-hands with equal force to build solos of unbelievable depth and complexity. Urged on by his fellow players and the awe-struck audience, his playing became ever more audacious as the evening progressed.' thejazzmann.com