PABLO MARTINEZ

trombonist, cantaor flamenco, composer

Pablo José Martínez Hernández (Bullas, 1989) studied at the Conservatory of Murcia (Spain) and at the "Conservatorium van Amsterdam", obtaining the following degrees:

  • Intermediate degree in classical trombone, with honors and “Extraordinary Final Year Award” at the CPM Murcia (2007).

  • Intermediate degree in piano at the CPM Murcia (2008).

  • Bachelor degree in classical trombone with “cum laude” grade at the CSM Murcia (2011).

  • Master degree in jazz trombone with a 10 grade at the "Conservatorium van Amsterdam" (2015)

  • Master degree in jazz bass trombone with a 10 cum laude grade at the "Conservatorium van Amsterdam" (2016)

He also studied at the University of Murcia where he obtained the bachelor degree in Music in Education (2011).

He was a finalist in the contest of young performers of Villena (Spain) in the beginners category in 2000, winning the 2nd prize in 2007 in the intermediate category; Special Mention in the competition "Entre Cuerdas y Metales" of Cartagena (Spain) in the category of brass instruments in 2006, winning the 1st prize in 2007; and winner of the chamber music competition "Francisco Salzillo" of Alcantarilla (Spain) in 2011 with the Buccina trombone quartet. Likewise, in 2014 he won the prize for the best soloist in the semifinal and first absolute prize with The BvR Flamenco Big Band at the International Big Band Competition of Hoofddorp (The Netherlands). In July 2016, became the winner of the Getxo International Jazz Competition with the Daahoud Salim Quintet. In March 2017, he won the 1st prize at the B-Jazz International Competition of Leuven (Belgium) also with the Daahoud Salim Quintet.

He has been a member of the Symphonic Wind Band of the Federation of Bands of Murcia, of the Murcia Youth Orchestra, the International Orchestra of the Festival of Youth Orchestras in Murcia in 2008 and 2010, and the National Youth Orchestra of Spain in 2010. He has also collaborated with the Jumilla Symphony Orchestra and the Murcia Symphony Orchestra.

He has attended to trombone masterclases by Ricardo Casero, Mario Calvo Ruben Prades, Jacques Mauguer, Branimir Slokar, Jörgen van Rijen; orchestral performance masterclasses by Lorenzo Coppola, José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana, Rudy Korp, Thomas Clamor and Manu Mellaerts and also a chamber music masterclass with pianist Claudio Martinez Mehner.

In the field of jazz, he has participated in workshops and masterclasses with teachers such as: Dick Oatts, John Riley, John Clayton, Dennis Mackrel, Bob Mintzer, Mike P. Mossman, Juraj Stanik, Terell Stafford and Robin Eubanks. At the "Conservatorium van Amsterdam", he has studied with Bert Boeren, Ilja Reijngoud, Simon Rigter, Erik van Lier and Joris Roelofs. He has collaborated and worked with musicians and bands such as: Roy Hargrove, Gregory Porter, The Four Tops & The Temptations, Cubop City Big Band, Dutch Concert Big Band, Mayito Rivera & Pedrito Calvo (Los Van Van), Yan Collazo, Jorge Pardo, performing at the XVIII International Jazz Festival of Madrid, and with Tim Wes, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2013 in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). He has been also a member of "La Mundial Orchestra Show" from 2007 to 2012, touring throughout the Spanish geography.

As a flamenco singer, he has collaborated with guitarists like Vicente Santiago, Oscar Gallardo, Tino van der Sman, Jeff Heijne and Jose Adame. Usually, he has also accompanied dancers as Antje Herber and Mascha Meijman, among others. He collaborates with groups like "Labryenco" too, and he has featured soloist with the orchestra "Ciconia Consort" in The Hague (The Netherlands) in April 2015.

In the field of education he has been trombone teacher at the Municipal School of Music of Bullas (Spain), music theory teacher in the Municipal School of Music of Moratalla (Spain) and jazz group teacher at "Jamming Jazz School" of Bullas. In addition, he has also conducted band such as the "Weekend Big Band” and the wind band "Los Curros," both of Bullas. Likewise, he has also done workshops of flamenco-jazz in schools such as "SanbArtMusic", of San Bartolomé (Alicante) and the Conservatory of Murcia.

As a composer, he premiered his work for two trombones, flamenco dancing, guitar and percussion “Sindh" with the trombonist Victor Belmonte at the International Trombone Festival in Valencia in July 2015. In 2016, he writes a revision of the "Goyescas" by Enric Granados, commisioned by "L'Auditori" of Barcelona, releasing it with his sextet in February 2017.

He has participated in the recording of the following albums:

  • "Vagamundo" (2017) by Santiago Auserón (soon to be released)

  • "Rolling With The Punches" (2017) by Di-Rect

  • "La Búsqueda" (2017) by Daahoud Salim Quintet

  • "Corasono Africano" (2017) by CaboCubaJazz 

  • "A Mi Propio Paso" (2017) by TenTemPiés 

  • "Luz de luna" (2017) by The BvR Flamenco Big Band 

  • "Jazz Getxo" (2016) by Daahoud Salim Quintet

  • "Salsa Vintage" (2016) by Gerardo Rosales

  • "El Nuevo Buenos Aires" (2016) by Beltway Bandits

  • "La Llamada" (2016) by Daahoud Salim Quintet

  • "Mar endins" (2016) by Tarquim

  • "De madrugada" (2015) by Pablo Martinez Flamenco-Jazz Band

  • "RED" (2015) by Lluc Casares

  • "EP" (2014) by Pablo Martínez Flamenco-Jazz Band

  • "Abra" (2014) by Toms Rudzinskis

  • "Jaleo Holandés" (2014) by The BvR Flamenco Big Band

  • "No he perdío el tiempo" (2013) by Moy Gomar

  • "Huellas" (2012) by Jorge Pardo

  • "Sketch" (2012) by Crayon

  • "Se atormenta una vecina" (2011) by La Espartera.

  • "Gira el tiempo" (2006) by La banda de los hermanos Carrascalejo.

Currently he is living in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), where he leads his own project "Pablo Martinez Flamenco-Jazz Band" receiving the second prize in the semifinal of the Keep an Eye Jazz Award 2013 and performing in some of the best venues in Europe such as the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, the Jamboree in Barcelona and the Concertgebouw Koorzaal in Amsterdam among festivals throughout the Dutch geography. They released their first album “De madrugada” in 2016, featuring Jorge Pardo. He also works as a freelance musician, with bands such as Latin Society, CaboCubaJazz, Orquesta Mercadonegro, Marutyri, Labryenco, Daahoud Salim Quintet, The BvR Flamenco Big Band, The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and Metropole Orkest.