Born: October 24, 1979 Primary Instrument: Piano
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. Now releasing his second record as a leader, Collin keeps making his mark on the New York scene, as well as internationally.
In 2007, Romain 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. During his time at the TMIJ, Romain studied with the likes of Larry Goldings, Russell Ferrante, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Mulgrew Miller and Wynton Marsalis, and had the opportunity to tour with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter in Vietnam and India. The TMI band also shared the stage with artists such as Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath, and Terence Blanchard; and performed at a Kennedy Center concert hosted by Quincy Jones and featuring Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, Joshua Redman and John Patitucci amongst numerous others....
Collin is armed with a killer instinct for progressive, spatially friendly instrumentals that present themselves in the form of mini-soundtracks. (...) His music is a unique, organic signature. Carol Banks Weber, Examiner.com
“A visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world.” Jon Weber, National Public Radio
“Romain Collin ushers in the promise of 2009 with an astonishingly mature and ambitious debut that secures him a placeholder in the continuing evolution of the grand tradition of the piano trio. (...) This recording exceeds qualifiers of merit usually reserved for debuts.” Phil DiPietro, All About Jazz
“...a new sensation...lyrical, intimate, yet progressive.” Disk Union Japan
“Romain is a very gifted individual who’s bound to achieve great things. He is already developing a style and a musical world view of his own, which is not the case with even the most talented of young musicians.” Larry Goldings, Pianist/ Organist (Pat Metheny, Maceo Parker, Michael Brecker, James Taylor)
“I love Romain’s playing! It conveys beauty, passion and sophistication, in short, a true reflection of him.” Russell Ferrante, founder of multi Grammy-winning group, The Yellowjackets
“Romain Collin takes you on a beautiful journey, whether interpreting standards or exploring originals. This is a set full of magic!” Joe Lovano, Grammy-winning saxophonist, Blue Note recording artist
“Romain Collin is an extremely talented pianist who has proven to be a most innovative musician. Collin’s playing is refreshing and extremely bold. Romain Collin is truly something special.” Walter Beasley, Saxophonist