While gearing up to move back to his London roots after ten years living in NY, pianist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Oli Rockberger decided to assemble some of his favorite musicians to join him on a new recording. Sessions took place amidst flights to and from the UK in the final stretch of his time as a full-time New Yorker. It was through the sweat of packing boxes and amidst the uncertainty and excitement of embarking on this new chapter that Sovereign was born. Oli called on some trusted alliances from his acclaimed Old Habits in Jordan Perlson (drums), Jordan Scannella (bass), John Shannon (guitar) and co-producer Chris Abell, and also on some more recent ones in Ryan Scott (guitar), Owen Biddle (bass), Zach Danziger (drums/programming/additional prod) and Hannah Read (background vocals) – his NY musical family. And so Oli now brings brings Sovereign in to his London musical family, with the album coming out on leading UK based indie label Whirlwind Recordings (Oct 20th), and joined by a stellar London band for his Oct UK release tour. While in NY, Oli shared studios and stages with acclaimed singer-songwriters Carly Simon, Jesse HarrisJohn Mayer and Levon Helm, and with iconic Jazz/Soul/R&B instrumentalists Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Chris Daddy Dave and Nathan East. Now based in London, Oli continues to work internationally as an in-demand recording/touring sideman & songwriter, as a member of prodigious songstress Laura Mvula's touring band, with other recent collaborations including Becca Stevens, Richard Spaven & Jordan Rakei, Fridolijn and Louis Cole. Ask Oli what comes to mind when listening to his latest creation Sovereign, and you may be waiting a while, for he'll be right back at Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side, standing by the bar, with a whiskey in his hand....

Oli graduated Berklee College of Music with a Full Tuition Scholarship, and is now an in-demand music educator with workshops/seminars to date including Steinway & Sons, Grotrian Pianos, Berklee, Tisch & ICMP. He is also a valued coach & mentor to many up and coming musicians. Catch him on his UK release tour Oct' 17, including Pizza Express Holborn Oct 19/20 London CD Release Shows, and EFG London Jazz Festival Nov 14th

FULL LIST OF UPCOMING SHOWS HERE                                    

         Photo Credits: Rob Blackham

 Upcoming selects...

>Sept 9, Bestival (UK)           wi/Laura Mvula

>Sept 10, Festival No.6 (Wales)      wi/Laura Mvula                     

>Oct 11, The Brook (So'ton)              wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 12, Soundcellar (Poole)           wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN,   








production, writing, arranging, keys & vox

Additional recording/performing credits include....

Common, Steve Jordan, David Ryan Harris, Nathan East, Judy Collins, Billy Cobham, Jackie De Shannon, Larry Grenadier, Gregoire Maret, Eric Harland,       Jef Lee Johnson, Les McCann, Chuck Loeb, Christine Tobin, Ari Hest, Ben Taylor, John Forte, Charlie Hunter, Mark Giuliana, Hiram Bullock, Donna Lewis,     Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, Rebecca Ferguson, Matt Pierson, Phil Ramone, Carly Simon. John Mayer, Levon Helm, Steve Gadd, Charlotte OC, Jordan Rakei, Matt Cusson, Greg Trooper, Terrane, Christina Courtin, Ryan Scott, Nicole Henry, Chris Velan, Iestyn Polson, Jesse Harris,  Chrissi Poland, Jodie Abacus,      




      press: Emma Perry PR  

    label: Whirlwind Recordings

       All other inquiries: J.O. Music Management



>Sept 9, Bestival (Dorset)                                wi/Laura Mvula 

>Sept 10, Festival No.6 (Portmeiron)              wi/Laura Mvula                     

>Oct 11, The Brook (So'ton)                           wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 12, Soundcellar (Poole)                          wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 13, Birmingham Conservatoire              wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN  

>Oct 15th, JATA (Bristol)                                  wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN  

>Oct 17th, TBC Glasgow                                 wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 18, TheJazz Bar (Edinburgh)                  wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Oct 19 & 20, Pizza Express (Holborn)         wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN                                                                LONDON Album Launch Shows

>Oct 22, Alexander's (Chester)                        wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN                                                                

>Oct 23, Ropetackle Arts                                wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN

>Nov 14, EFG London Jazz Festival               wi/Oli Rockberger SOVEREIGN + Friends                                            

>Nov 15 & 16, Ronnie Scotts                           wi/Becca Stevens                                                                                       

>Dec 31, Afropunk Fest JBurg                         wi/Laura Mvula