True passion is to know what you want not give up before you got it. To me that passions is making music and performing with my band, the Rob Mostert Hammond Group.
Rob Mostert (1965) is one of The Netherlands’ top Hammond players, a true purist, one of the few to play the footbass with his (bare) feet. At an early age he was introduced to the soul jazz of Jimmy Smith and fell in love with the sound of the Hammond. A music career was inevitable and after graduating Hammond organ at the Conservatory, Rob played in different bands, meanwhile continuing to develop himself as a passionate Hammond performer.
In 2010, inspired by his heroes Jimmy Smith, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Rob recorded his debut album at the Englewood Cliffs Studios with Blue Note legend Rudy Van Gelder. He traveled to New Jersey with his Hammond trio and vocalist Charlotte Coppola and returned with ‘Englewood Cliffs Sessions’ a traditional Hammond soul/jazz album that was appreciated by Hammond fans all over the world. Rudy Van Gelder, well over 80 at that time, commented in the liner notes: “This session was unusual, the musicians came from The Netherlands, but the music comes from here, from the Blue Note tradition that I helped create in my studio”.
For follow up album ‘Go Big Or Go Home’ (2013), Rob took it a step further and added a groovy horn section to his band. The new sound was a funky mix of soul/jazz and sexy Memphis soul that not only worked well in the studio but also contributed to the band’s live reputation. A highlight was the invitation to perform 4 shows at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester US.
His 7-piece Rob Mostert Hammond Group is Rob’s base for new ventures and collaborations. The band includes some of the finest musicians around, all with proven international potential and a spectacular sound.
In 2015 Rob spent studio time with US blues singer Dede Priest. The two musicians found each other in a bluesy soul/r&b style and decided to record and perform together as the Rob Mostert Hammond Group featuring Dede Priest.
Rob’s most recent venture is The Preacher Men, a hip and happening jazz trio together with Efraim Trujillo (sax) and Chris Strik (drums). Three top musicians sharing the love for classical Hammond trio’s from the ‘50s- ‘60s.
In 2018 Rob developed a brand new concept for the Rob Mostert Hammond Group, adding Chris Hordijk as the lead vocalist, exploring the Hammond rock classics of the 60′ and 70’s like Deep Purple, Procol Harum, Focus, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and many many more in his new theater and festival show ‘Sex, Hammond & Rock ‘n Roll‘. Touring through the Netherlands and Europe in 2019 and 2020.
Alongside his career as an artist, Rob Mostert owns a recording studio (known as the Hammond studio in the Netherlands) where he welcomes national and international producers and recording artists, and the Rob Mostert Academy for Hammond, piano and keyboards. He is also music coach at the Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam.