Michaela Rabitsch

Michaela Rabitsch

Musicians | Instrument: Trumpet and vocals | Location: Vienna

Rabitsch sings with genuine authority and plays both trumpet and flugelhorn well. Her instrumental textures recall the best of Miles Davis while her vocals stand alone as a fresh voice that means every word. She tells stories through original lyrics and enjoys wordless vocals with her Latin numbers, recalling the excitement of Tania Maria and the sensuality of Astrud Gilberto...

—Jim Santella, All About Jazz

Updated: October 3, 2023

Born: March 8, 1963

Michaela Rabitsch, singer, composer and Austria’s only and top female jazz trumpet player is called a modern day female Chet Baker by the US magazine Jazzscene. Together with her ingenious partner, composer and incredible fluid guitarist Robert Pawlik, she co leads their quartet and duo. With Gimme The Groove, they present their 6th common studio release and celebrate their jubilee 20 years together on the road. The tunes root on the one hand in the melodic stiles of the Jazz tradition, like Hardbop, Swing, Modern Jazz, New Orleans Second Line and Blues, and, on the other hand, form fusions with elements of Indian, African or Latin American music. Their songs are inspired by their numerous tours of the last years through Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa, with 1500 concerts in 50 countries, playing in intimate Jazz clubs as well as on big stages and at international festivals – from Tokyo to Teheran, Kuala Lumpur to Yerevan, Cape Town to Delhi, Shanghai to Almaty, Hong Kong to Cracow, Havana to Moscow, Chicago to Ottawa, Penang Island to Ankara… Vienna’s "first couple of Jazz“ presents a diversified and sophisticated musical experience extraordinaire, with their signature sound of Jazz spiced up with a touch of World! They are presenting jazz with catchy melodies, strong harmonies, groovy rhythms and adventorious improvisations in a fine balanced vocal- instrumental mix. With brilliant instrumental technic and a silky velvet voice they are clothing their songs into a trendy, smooth-cool jazzrobe. “Voyagers“ is their 4th common CD and a program, inspired by their numerous tours of the last years through Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The (musical) impressions are reflected in their compositions and guarantee a deversified and multi- variant musical experience. (National) musical elements of different countries or ethnic groups influence the compositions or inspire the tunes. Weather with African rhythms or flamenco touch, Cuban fire or Balkan grooves – every song has that certain something, without denying the hallmarks of both leaders. Recent tours to Morocco, Senegal, India and Malaysia led to cooperations with local musiciens and to contacts with Westafrican, Arab or Berber musical cultur, like the Gnaoua music of the Berber from Essaouira or the sophisticated Indian music. Under the motto „diversity instead of simplemindness“ they pick off the most interesting elements and inspirations from different musical cultures and contrast them with their own musical background and create a refreshing new musical melange.

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Voyagers has just about everything one could ask for in a contemporary release with flavor off the charts, a smoking hot band, and rock solid tunes. Technically proficient and artistically gifted but perhaps most importantly...Voyagers is incredibly entertaining! ( Brent Black, Critical Jazz, USA) ...Moods is a superb album and a showcase for non- American jazz, and is rapidly becoming one of my albums of the year...... ......One seldom equates Austria with having any significant jazz talent, outside of Joe Zawinul, but Moods, by Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik, proves conclusively that jazz lives on in Austria

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Primary Instrument

Trumpet and vocals



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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