Michaela Rabitsch

Born: March 8, 1963    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Michaela Rabitsch

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. 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 and Africa. 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. ...
read more

...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. John M. Peters, Music Watch #11

High Class, Sassy Brass…that is the ever-evolving legacy of the Rabitsch & Pawlik duet when their Moods spin you! ...This is an innovative jazz disc, bright, precise, and most of all, diabolically up tempo! .... This quartet has a sophisticated way of creating original selections while at the same time, articulating their musicianship to the next level. Seeing this ensemble live has to be a dynamic kick! .... Karl Stober, Jazzreview

The chemistry is obvious from the first of 10 impressive songs on their latest album “Moods.” ... “Moods” is a record that can transform the most pedestrian of places into an underground jazz club.......a superb album! Hilary Matfess, The Metro Spirit Weekly

... 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

What is it about Europe that turns out woman trumpet players that have a great jazz sense? The ones that know how to hit it really know how to hit and Rabitsch is one of the ones in the winner‚s circle..... this is a great example of the fun kind of jazz that makes people that think they didn‚t like jazz get turned on. From Austria they come and this trumpet/guitar led crew just might conquer the world with their sound. Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap

One of the most original CD's to come out in 2008 Brad Stone, KSJS 90.5 FM

A modern day female Chet Baker....Kyle O'Brien, Jazzscene

Moods has Rabitsch and Pawlik emerging as the new face of Austrian jazz.... 11th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, 2010 who's who

Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik had been extraordinary and good as a duo, as Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet they are extraordinary good.....Frank Becker, Musenblaetter Jazz

This CD is really flawlessly, groovy, swinging, and proofes, that Viennese charm and Jazz definitely combine.....Angela Ballhorn, Jazzthetik

Austrian jazz vocalist & trumpet/flugelhorn artist Michaela blends together with Pawlik's superb guitar phrasings to render an album that's most enjoyable and full of great jazz energy. The arrangements are superb as well,... they will snare your ears in a matter of seconds. The word that sticks in my mind as I listen through this fantastic CD is - “diversity”... it's clear from the listening that these players are comfortable with differences, and in my mind, that makes their music immediately accessible. Their album gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from these old ears.....Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation #83

Two of a kind - a tribute to louis armstrong (toakmusic/ edel) 2002 Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik - just the two of us (Challenge Records) 2005 Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet - moods (Extraplatte) 2008 Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet - Voyagers (Extraplatte) 2012

Disclaimer: All About Jazz is not responsible for the accuracy of the discographical data at the website(s) provided. If a link is no longer valid, please contact Thank you.

Primary Instrument:

Vienna, AT

Sorry, no recommendations at this time.

trumpet (JBS, handmade), flugelhorn (JBS, handmade) Microphones: EV RE20, Neumann TLM 170

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.

Events Calendar

Sorry, there are no Michaela Rabitsch events available at this time. Submit one now.

TIP: Reach multiple calendar destinations with a single post. Learn now here.

comments powered by Disqus
Rank: 152 Views: 23,082 Fans: 8
Download jazz mp3 “The End” by Michaela Rabitsch

Weekly Giveaways

Ed Palermo

Ed Palermo
About | Enter

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp
About | Enter

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley
About | Enter

Tord Gustavsen

Tord Gustavsen
About | Enter

An innovative and rich resource For Jazz Musicians

The All About Jazz musician database grows daily
with the help of musicians, supportive professionals and advocates.

Musician? Plug in and promote yourself today.

Learn how