DEBUT ALBUM “RISER” RELEASED ON EDITION RECORDS 28 JULY 2017
“A Great Improvising Guitarist” – Evan Parker
“Obvious Star Quality” – Jazzwise Magazine
Rob Luft is an award-winning 23-year-old musician from London, and has been described as one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists. Praised by The Times ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize in association with Edition Records, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition.
Having joined NYJO (The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of GB) at the age of 15, Rob then went on to study on the jazz programme at the Royal Academy of Music. Concert highlights include performances with artists including Django Bates & Loose Tubes, Eddie Parker’s “Mister Vertigo”, Iain Ballamy, Gregory Porter, Laura Jurd’s “Dinosaur”, Tommy Smith’s Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) & The Hamish Stuart Band.
Rob is a regular member of some of London’s finest modern jazz groups, such as Byron Wallen’s “Four Corners”, Martin Speake’s “Mafarowi”, and Enzo Zirilli’s “Zirobop”. He appears on Liane Carroll’s latest release on Linn Records (‘Seaside’ – 2015), Brazilian singer Luna Cohen’s new album on the Catalonian independent label Temps Record (‘November Sky’ – 2016), & the debut album from Enzo Zirilli on Milanese label UR Records (‘Zirobop’ – 2015). In 2015 he was the recipient of the Peter Whittingham Award as part of two collective ensembles – Patchwork Jazz Orchestra and jazz-rock quartet Big Bad Wolf.
“Fine Soloist” – The Evening Standard
“Sometimes you can big someone up too soon, but Rob Luft’s guitar is straining at the leash to get heard more widely.” – Andy Robson, Jazzwise Magazine
“Guitarist Rob Luft has, in a very short time, established himself as a fluent and creative player with an impressive versatility. He has become a regular at the 606 with artists ranging from Gareth Lockrane and Byron Wallen to vocalist Luna Cohen. I see him as being a mainstay of the UK scene for many years to come.” – Steve Rubie, 606 Club