After having performed in some of the most prestigious clubs and festivals in Europe and around the world (Jazz in Marciac, Jazzaldia in San Sebastian, JazzVox in Seattle...), Pablo Campos is now establishing himself as one of the best pianist-singers of the new jazz scene. Those young musicians take a fresh look at the American Songbook, using it as a canvas on which they lay down the hopes and doubts of a generation. With this in mind, Pablo uses his impeccable sense of swing and his warm voice to connect with the listener on these universal stories of love found and love lost.
Of basque and argentine origins, Pablo now lives in Paris where he studied both political sciences and history. Initially a self-taught pianist, he had the chance to study in his teenage years with jazz masters such as Barry Harris, Benny Green or Dado Moroni. As a singer, Pablo studied with the late french crooner Marc Thomas, and developed a style strongly inspired by Nat King Cole (probably his strongest influence both vocally and on the piano).
Aside from his own trio and quartet, Pablo is a founding member of the ZOOT Collective, where the young musicians of the Paris jazz scene meet. Referred to as one of the rising male vocalist of the french scene, he will be starring as Tony in the upcoming months in the stage production of West Side Story by the Keystone Big Band (nominated for french Emmys 2018).
For his upcoming album, Pablo decided to pass a milestone by reaching out to two of his favorite musicians : drummer Kenny Washington and double bassist Peter Washington. The two sidemen have famously played alongside Benny Green or Bill Charlap, and their combination might be one of America’s finest rhythm sections. Faithfully following the tradition of transmission between jazz masters and young musicians, Pablo recorded in New York an album that – more than a personal dream - gives even more depth, energy and swing to his music (« People Will Say », Jazztime Records, 2019).
« Alongside his natural eye for swinging arrangements, (Pablo’s) honesty allows him to connect musically and personally with musicians and listeners. There is no barrier ; he invites you into his world and makes you part of the experience (…) A new male jazz singer of this caliber (especially a singer-pianist) is note-worthy. I anticipate seeing the name Pablo Campos start to appear on Downbeat polls – he deserves world-wide attention. »
Nich Anderson (JazzVox Series, Seattle)
« Pablo has chosen his trademark : bringing the Great American Songbook into fashion. Rarely did you hear a voice so in tune and expressive, supported by a piano playing steeped in the Oscar Peterson tradition. It swings ! and the audience knows it. »
« The verse sung a cappella is all you need to realize that this young singer is destined to be a star of the jazz scene. One can’t help thinking about the elegance of Nat King Cole, or more recently Harry Connick Jr, two singers who happened to be masters of the piano (or is it the other way around ?) [...]He connects with the public in a very sincere way. Naturally and without artifice, his music comes from the heart, and hits the bull’s eye »
Pascal Derathé (Jazz Rhône Alpes)