Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Pablo spent his childhood years in northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation before moving to Billings, Montana. After graduating from High School, he studied classical trumpet with Robert Levy and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University. After pursuing a year of Graduate study in classical trumpet under Dennis Najoom at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he moved to New Orleans, where he studied with Terence Blanchard, Clyde Kerr Jr. and Ed Petersen, and received a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans.
He has appeared across the United States and Europe including New York, Seattle, Portland, Omaha, New Orleans, Washington DC, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Poland. He has also performed with acts such as Michael Buble, Josh Groban, and Gladys Knight. He attended the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency at the Kennedy Center in 2007 and also participated in the Banff Centre’s Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2009, led by Dave Douglas.
Since moving to New York City he has become an active freelancer and educator, and has performed at local venues including Joe’s Pub, The Blue Note, Arlene’s Grocery, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Waldorf Astoria, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Irving Plaza, Shapeshifter Lab, and The Cornelia Street Cafe, among others. In addition to his own group showcasing Pablo’s original music around New York City, he has performed with a variety of New York based ensembles including Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra, Bobby Sanabria’s Multiverse Big Band, The David White Jazz Orchestra, and the Bone Chimes.
Pablo’s 2012 release, “Intrinsic”, features several of New York’s finest players, including Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on Tenor Sax, Alex Brown on Piano, Linda Oh on Bass, and Jared Schonig on Drums. His previous recording, “Half Past” (2009), was described as “a refreshing example of innovative jazz in our times.”
“Rubicon”, released June 30th, 2014 is a Kickstarter-funded project including five original compositions written for Trumpet/Bass/Drums. Recorded in August 2013 at Peter Karl studios in Brooklyn, it features Aidan Carroll on Bass and Jared Schonig on Drums.
In February 2015 Pablo traveled to Kabul Afghanistan where he was a guest artist with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music for their Winter Academy. While there he gave individual and group lessons to the school’s brass students, taught a series of introductory jazz classes, performed in recitals, and assisted with outreach for Afghanistan’s only music school.
Pablo currently lives in Brooklyn.