Friday 12th June 2020. 19.00-20.00
An Online gig live from Jason’s home via Zoom
£5 entry. Entry by advance tickets only. Tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz
Jason Rebello is one of the most inventive pianists to emerge from the UK since he burst onto the scene in the early 90’s. Jason has worked mainly with electronic keyboards in his own groups (as well as with Sting and Jeff Beck), but in 2016 he decided it was time to return to the instrument he loves and released his debut solo piano album “Held” which was rated best album in the 2016 British Jazz Awards. His trio gig at the Crucible Studio was one of the highlights of our 2017 programme and we couldn’t wait to bring him back. His Spring 2020 Trio gig has been rescheduled to Spring 2021 as a result of Covid-19 but in the meantime we can all enjoy this solo online performance via Zoom.
Jason Rebello was labelled a veteran whilst a teenager and over 30 years later continues to be regarded as one of the leading jazz pianists worldwide. Classically trained and inspired by Herbie Hancock, Jason’s debut album ‘A Clearer View’ 1990, was produced by Wayne Shorter and showcased his musical fluency and dynamic style.
Since then Jason has recorded 7 solo albums to date, in styles ranging from contemporary jazz, fusion and solo piano, the latest ‘Held‘ on Edition Records, won best album in the 2016 British Jazz Awards. He has toured with his own band across the UK and Europe and appeared with many huge talents such as Bud Shank, Branford Marsallis, Tommy Smith, Jean Toussaint, Mica Paris, Omar, Tim Garland and Iain Ballamy. He performed with the Nice Symphony Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra.
Following the death of Kenny Kirkland, Jason was invited by Sting to record on his Grammy winning album ‘Brand New Day’ 1999 and ‘Sacred Love’ 2003. He toured the world twice with Sting over 6 years and features on the Live DVD and CD ‘All this Time’ recorded on September 11 2001.
In 2005 guitar legend Jeff Beck recruited Jason to complement his passion for improvisation and experimentation with fusion. Jason spent 6 years on the road with Beck, working together on his 2010 album ‘Emotion and Commotion’ and the Grammy-winning single ‘Hammerhead’. He features on The Jeff Beck Live at Ronnie Scott’s DVD 2008.
Technique, diversity and adaptability have enabled Jason to work with artists across the musical spectrum including Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Madeline Peyroux and recently as MD for Claire Teal on her album ‘Twelve O’Clock Tales’ and a new release planned for 2020.
Fascinated by the art of improvisation, whether jazz or classical, has led to Jason’s venture into improvising Schubert for Radio 3 and a current collaboration with the choral group Opus Anglicanum. A live album is due soon.
Jason enjoys teaching and lecturing at colleges and in workshops at The Guildhall School, The Royal Academy of Music and The Royal Northern College of Music, and recently online with NYJO, as well as TED talks. He helped to set up the Jazz Factory at the Wiltshire Music Centre and pioneered The Jazz Rainbow Project, created to promote learning for children through musical workshops in schools nationwide.
“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
“…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 have 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’