Lionel Haas bei JazzRadio.netLionel Haas was born on Decem­ber 27, 1971 in Bonn, Ger­many. He had his first piano les­son at the age of 9 and devel­oped an inter­est in jazz, blues and rock at an ear­ly age. Lionel’s first for­mal study of jazz was dur­ing a series of jazz work­shops at the Rich­mond Col­lege near Lon­don, UK, at the age of 13 to 15.

Dur­ing his four-year stay in the US, he became increas­ing­ly involved in the Wash­ing­ton jazz scene and was fre­quent­ly booked for gigs at restau­rants, hotels and clubs. To advance his musi­cal devel­op­ment, he attend­ed some sum­mer clin­ics at the Berklee Col­lege of Music. For his activ­i­ty in the big band at George­town Uni­ver­si­ty, where he was study­ing, he was rec­og­nized with an hon­or­able men­tion as “Out­stand­ing Con­trib­u­tor for Fine Arts.” Lionel was also part of the renowned Wash­ing­ton- based tra­di­tion­al jazz youth band, the Fed­er­al Focus Jazz Band, play­ing not only in clubs and fes­ti­vals but also at gov­ern­ment func­tions, includ­ing the White House and Sen­ate Build­ings. The band also released sev­er­al CDs. Lionel par­tic­i­pat­ed in the 1994 release Renew­ing the Tra­di­tion, Vol 2.hi

Back in Ger­many, Lionel Haas was a found­ing mem­ber of Blues by Five, a suc­cess­ful blues band in Bonn which is now known as Back to Back. He was active in groups such as the Bonn- based Swing’n’Tonic Jazz Band and was also the pianist for a Cologne- based Voic­es of Praise Jubi­ly Gospel Choir.

In late 1998, he met Jamaican sax­o­phon­ist and com­pos­er, Fitz Gore who became his men­tor and who played a con­sid­er­able part his growth as a jazz pianist. He released his first own CD, Break­ing Free (and a Trib­ute to Fitz Gore), which includes orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions as well as his own arrange­ments of some of Fitz Gore’s music.

He moved to Berlin at the end of 1999 where he began mak­ing a name for him­self by per­form­ing in Berlin’s jazz venues. From 2000 until 2002, he worked part time as Inter­net Jour­nal­ist at Jaz­zRa­dio, Berlin inter­view­ing local and vis­it­ing artists and writ­ing fea­tures about them.

Lionel Haas has been involved in a vocal jazz sex­tet for­ma­tion with singer Yamil Borges since May, 2000, per­form­ing in some of the finest Berlin jazz clubs as well as in venues nation­wide. The group released its debut CD, Yamil Borges & Friends, berlin at nite, in the fall of 2002.

Since 2001, Lionel has toured with var­i­ous projects in places like Chi­na, Ire­land and Switzer­land. Recent­ly he has toured in Spain, France and Italy with the renowned blues artist, Big Joe Turn­er.

He formed the Lionel Haas Quin­tet in the spring of 2002. It evolved into the sex­tet for­ma­tion, BLOWING FRONT in 2007 which fea­tures three-horn arrange­ments of his orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions in the styles of straight-ahead jazz as well as groove music. Blow­ing Front won the 2007 Jazz and Blues Award com­pe­ti­tion.

The Lionel Haas Trio is his lat­est project which released the CD “Going and Going” in 2013.

In that same year, he was a found­ing mem­ber of the quar­tet, Berlin 21, which now has released 2 CDs and, to this day, tours all over Ger­may.

In addi­tion, Lione Haas works as a sup­port­ing artist of var­i­ous notable band projects around Berlin, fur­ther devel­op­ing his musi­cal ver­sa­til­i­ty.

 

 

Né à Bonn, Alle­magne le 27 décem­bre 1971, Lionel Haas avait son pre­mier leçon de piano à l’âge de 9 ans et s’intéressait déjà au styles jazz, blues et rock qu’il com­mençait à dévelop­per dans des work­shops à par­tir de 13 ans.

Il a eu ses pre­mières expéri­ences dans la domaine pro­fes­sion­nelle pen­dant son séjour aux Etats Unis (1991–1995) où il com­mençait à se pro­duire dans des bars d’hôtels et clubs de jazz.
Lorsque son retour en Alle­magne il con­tin­u­ait son chemin musi­cal et par­tic­i­pait à des groupes de blues et jazz. A Bonn en 1998 il ren­con­trait musi­cien notable, Fitz Gore, qui jouait un rôle con­sid­érable dans le développe­ment de son styl et inspi­rait l’enregistrement de son pre­mier CD, « Breakin Free (and a Trib­ute to Fitz Gore) »

A la fin de 1999, Lionel démé­nageait à Berlin où il était jour­nal­iste d’internet au radio jazz entre 2000 et 2002 et s’installait comme musi­cien notable en par­tic­i­pant dans plusieurs pro­jets dans Berlin et egale­ment à l’étranger.

Il for­mait son groupe « Lionel Haas Quin­tet » en 2003 qui se trans­for­mait en sex­tet « Blow­ing Front » en 2007 et rece­vait le pre­mier prix du con­cours « Jazz and Blues Awards 2007 ».

Les activ­ités de Lionel Haas les plus actuels: le quar­tet « Berlin 21 » dont il est mem­bre fon­da­teur, et son pro­pre trio qui en 2013 sor­tait le CD « Going and Going ».

Col­lab­o­ra­tions:
Yamil Borges, Ray Blue, Big Joe Turn­er and the Mem­phis Blues Car­a­van, Mike Rus­sell Funky Soul Kitchen, Will Jacobs Blues Band, Gar­ry Wig­gins Band, New Stan­dard Jam Ses­sion, Jazzy Berlin Jam Ses­sion, Tony Hur­dle, Kei­th Tynes Band, Erics Club at Spin­nrad, Majid Bekkas, Guy Bark­er, Roby Edwards, Gul­liv­er All­wood, Ingrid Arthur, Dor­rey Lyles, JC Dooke, Richard How­ell, Reg­is Moli­na, Daniel El Con­go Ober­to, Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq, Vince Agwa­da, Emmanuel Stan­ley, Mike Segal, Hel­mut Bruger, Desney Bai­ley, Torsten Zwin­gen­berg­er, etc

Discog­ra­phy:
Breakin Free and a Trib­ute to Fitz Gore 1999
Yamil Borges and Friends, Berlin by Night 2002
Lionel Haas Quin­tet, Live at Atrane 2003
Lionel Haas and Majid Bekkas, Une Soiree au Maroc 2006
Linel Haas Trio, Going and Going 2013
Berlin 21, Cap­i­tal Let­ters 2014
Berlin 21, Odds On 2016