Romain Collin, piano
Shawn Conley, bass
Obed Calvaire, drums
Described by NPR host Jon Weber as "a visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist, and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world," Romain Collin continues to develop his vision, combining the tradition of improvisation with sound designing and classical music. With each new release, he continues to make his mark on the New York scene, as well as internationally.
In 2007, Collin graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, where he held a full scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble handpicked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard. With the TMI band, he toured with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter in Vietnam and India, and he shared the stage with artists like Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath, Stevie Wonder, Joshua Redman, and more.
Collin, who was originally born in France, came to the U.S. to attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. In 2009, he released his debut as a leader, The Rise and Fall of Pipokuhn. Described by All About Jazz writer Phil DiPietro as "an astonishingly mature and ambitious debut that secures Collin a placeholder in the continuing evolution of the grand tradition of the piano trio," the record received rave reviews internationally and made it to New York jazz critic David Adler's list of notable debuts of 2009.
Currently based in New York City, Collin frequently performs with his trio in the U.S. and abroad. Recent notable performances include appearances at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Cyprus Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival, and the Cotton Club in Tokyo, as well as dates at the Blue Note, Steinway Hall, Smalls, and The Kitano. He's also worked as a sideman with artists like Lauryn Hill, Fredrika Stahl, Tony Grey, Makoto Hirahara, Jorscan, and Malika Zarra.
Collin was recently invited to appear on Marian McPartland's prestigious Piano Jazz radio show to talk about his second record, The Calling, which was released earlier this year. Of all the rave reviews the disc has received, Ian Patterson of All About Jazz summarized it best, putting the arc of Collin's career in perspective: "With The Calling, Collin has raised his own bar ... Still in his early 30s and immersed in a plethora of widely varying collaborations and projects that can only further broaden his musical palette, the possibilities now seem endless."
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