Brad Mehldau in Rotterdam

Grammy Award winning jazz pianist Brad Mehldau could be seen with his trio at LantarenVenster last September. On the 8th of November he will return to Rotterdam for an acoustic solo concert at De Doelen in an adapted setting.

Brad Mehldau belongs to the top of the jazz world. Born in 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida, the musician plays in the premier league of modern creative pianists. As a soloist, band member or composer he does not allow himself to be limited. The New Yorker’s productivity is awe-inspiring and live he continuously proves to be an unique improviser. In his improvisations, Brad tries to dose and appropriately integrate everything he has collected in musical information over the years. At various levels he strips jazz standards and pop covers of their original form, in order to subsequently model completely new pieces. Mehldau's improvisations are often influenced by the classical piano repertoire, but sometimes also by Brazilian music.

Brad has worked with greats such as Pat Metheny, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Michael Brecker, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wayne Shorter and Joshua Redman. He was awarded a Dutch Jazz Edison, and won the Best Pianist Award from Downbeat and Jazz Times Magazine several times. On his recent albums you will not find a title that looks like any other in style. In 2019, Nonesuch Records released the stunning album Finding Gabriel, which received rave reviews worldwide and was awarded a Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Jazz Album" at the beginning of this year.

The New York Times named Brad Mehldau ‘the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years’.