PABLO MARTINEZ

trombonist, cantaor flamenco, composer

Pablo Martínez (Bullas [Murcia, Spain], 1989) studied at the  Conservatory of Murcia (Spain) and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (The Netherlands), obtaining the following certificates:

  • 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 a bachelor degree in Music in Education (2011).

Regarding competitions, he was finalist in the competition ‘Concurso para jóvenes intérpretes Ruperto Chapí’ in Villena (Spain) within the beginners category in 2000, winning the second prize in 2007 in the intermediate category. Special Jury Prize in the competition 'Entre Cuerdas y Metales' in Cartagena (Spain) within the category of brass instruments in 2006, winning the first prize in 2007. Winner of the chamber music competition 'Francisco Salzillo' in 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, with whom he also won the first prize of the 'B-Jazz International Competition’ in Leuven (Belgium) in March 2017.

In the classical field, he has been a member of the Symphonic Wind Band of the Federation of Bands of Murcia, 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.

Attendance to trombone masterclasses by: Ricardo Casero, Mario Calvo Ruben Prades, Jacques Mauguer, Branimir Slokar and Jörgen van Rijen. Orchestral performance masterclasses by Lorenzo Coppola, José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana, Rudy Korp, Thomas Clamor and Manu Mellaerts as well as 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, Martin van den Berg and Joris Roelofs. He has collaborated and worked with musicians and bands such as: Roy Hargrove, Gregory Porter, The Four Tops & The Temptations, Di-Rect, Cubop City Big Band, Dutch Concert Big Band, New Amsterdam Orchestra, Liptease Big Band, Millenium Big Band, Guus Tangelder Big Band, Saad Lamjarred, Orquesta Mercadonegro, Gerardo Rosales, Mayito Rivera & Pedrito Calvo (Los Van Van), Yan Collazo, Jorge Pardo (performing at the XVIII International Jazz Festival of Madrid), Tim Wes (performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam 2013)) the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra & Phronesis (performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2017) and Marutyri, (China and Malaysia tour 2016). He was also a member of ‘La Mundial Orchestra Show’ from 2007 to 2012, touring throughout the Spanish geography. During season 2017-2018 he was part of the band of the musical show On Your Feet produced by Stage Entertainment in Utrecht (The Netherlands).

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

In the field of education he has worked as 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 from Bullas. Likewise, he has 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  entitled Sindh, together with trombonist Victor Belmonte, at the International Trombone Festival in Valencia in July 2015. In 2016, he wrote a revision of the ‘Goyescas’, a work by Enric Granados, commissioned by L’Auditori  (Barcelona’s most prestigious venue). The release of the work with his own sextet took place in February 2017 at that same venue.

He has participated in the recording of the following albums:

  • Lying hearts that lie awake at night (2019) by Odelion (soon to be released)

  • Brisas Andaluzas (2018) by Ben van Dijk

  • Un mundo por recorrer (2018) by Fidel Pairén

  • Vagamundo (2018) by Santiago Auserón 

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

  • La Búsqueda (2017) by Daahoud Salim Quintet

  • Corason 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 based 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 Jazz Club 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, Daahoud Salim Quintet, The BvR Flamenco Big Band and Peter Beets & The Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra.

And collaborates frequently with groups such as: New Cool Collective Big Band,  Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and the Metropole Orkest.