Pinnacle of Jazz
Brad Mehldau is without doubt one of the most successful jazz pianists of our time. He has been one of the most regular guests at the Elbphilharmonie since the venue first opened its doors, and was even the first improvisor to give a solo concert here. Since then he has kept causing a stir in Hamburg, be that as a solo artist, in a trio or as part of special projects such as the one with the British tenor Ian Bostridge. This time, Mehldau performs in a traditional piano trio with the young bassist Felix Moseholm from Denmark and the Spanish drummer Jorge Rossy – an old friend who was a member of the fixed trio with which Mehldau played his way into jazz’s top tier. In his always unpredictable concert programmes, Mehldau blends pearls from the Great American Songbook, his own works, interpretations of songs from the worlds of pop and independent and the classical repertoire. The result is always something unique, something entirely his own, and that using every trick in the book. Alongside his old buddy Jorge Rossy, an inventive, finely responsive drummer, he is also joined by the newcomer Felix Moseholm on the bass. He comes from Copenhagen, and a great uncle of his played the jazz bass before him, with legends such as Eric Dolphy. Moseholm performed with Mehldau for the first time in 2020 – when he was just 23 years old.