Pianist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Oli Rockberger’s fourth studio release, Sovereign (his first for the Whirlwind label and following on from his acclaimed self-release Old Habits), takes its title from viewpoints of transition, growth and independence. The music for this album came together from a decision to return to his native London after sixteen years in the United States where, following successful graduation from Berklee College of Music attended as a Full Tuition Scholarship recipient, his hugely formative New York career developed as sideman to big-name jazz instrumentalists including Randy Brecker, Will Lee (alongside Steve Gadd) and Nathan East, to recording/performing with acclaimed singer-songwriters Carly Simon, Jesse Harris and John Mayer.
Now based in the UK capital, Rockberger continues to work internationally as an in-demand sideman, with recent collaborations including Becca Stevens, Richard Spaven, Fridolijn and Louis Cole, in addition to his ongoing work with acclaimed UK songstress Laura Mvula, as a member of her touring band (keys/vocals). Rockberger will be performing here as part of a UK release tour for the Oct 20th release of Sovereign on leading UK indie Whirlwind Recordings, and will be joined by a stellar group featuring bassist
Michael Janisch (Diane Reeves), drummer Marijus Aleksa (China Moses), guitarist Giorgio Serci (Kenny Wheeler) and violinist/vocalist Hannah Read (Songs of Separation).
oct 11 – The Brook, Southampton
oct 12 – Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham
oct 15 – Hen & Chicken, Bristol
oct 22 – Alexander’s Live, Chester
oct 23 – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham by Sea