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This Day in Music Happy Birthday to Austria’s “Chet Baker” Michaela Rabitsch!!

Michaela Rabitsch

Today March 8th Austria’s only and top female jazz trumpet player Michaela Rabitsch celebrates her ?????? birthday, Michaela is a singer, composer and is called a modern-day female Chet Baker by the US magazine Jazzscene!! She calls Weyer, Oberosterreich, Austria her hometown and currently Vienna is home. She has started her musical journey at 7 studying classical violin, at 14 she moved to Vienna to continue her studies. She switched to trumpet and studies for jazz- and popular music at the Bruckner conservatory Linz (now Anton Bruckner private University) with Ingrid Jensen, Peter Tuscher and classical trumpet with Fritz Handlbaue. Over the years she has played in a variety of groups and individuals. Most recently she has concentrated on her own compositions played together in quartet or duo with Robert Pawlik. They have released to CDs as a duo Moods and their latest release Voyages. This afternoon I downloaded Voyages and gave it a listen – this is one terrific duo! According to their website:

Voyagers reflects the groups numerous tours of the last years through Europe, Asia and Africa.

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.

The musicians on the album include: Michaela Rabitsch – vocals, trumpet,, fluegelhorn; Robert Pawlik – guitar; Joe Abentung – double bass; Dusan Novakov – drums; Guests:Robert Bachner – trombone, Raoul Herget – tuba, Erwin Bader – keys; 

I really liked the album particularly the trumpet of Michaela and the guitar work of Pawlick, which is kinda funky, and just right for the overall feel of the album. Michaela vocals are smooth, and sometimes her accent comes through, but she stills deserves the comparison to Chet Baker!!My favorite tracks included: “Seven Ways to Fez”, :The Long Road”, “Serbian Rhapsody” and “Cienuegos”. So check out their music!


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So Happy Birthday, Michaela, hope you have a great day!!! Here is the Michaela Rabitsch Quartet peforming at the Sibu Jazz Festival in 2007!!