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, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Rhoda Scott, Billy Preston but also the music of Keith Emmerson, John Lord, Procol Harum etc 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, Jimmy McGriff, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk etc, 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 2016 Rob started as member of 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. The Preacher Men won the Edison Jazz Award in 2019 with their album Blue.
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’s 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 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic Rob formed with guitarplayer Jerôme Hol and drummer Erik Kooger a new band to give their stalled lives a BOOST!. They started to jam, write new tunes and explore new paths into the unknown. The result is a new power trio that can best be described as : ‘A Loud & Nasty Rollercoaster Ride ’. Boost! mix their love of rock, blues, 70’s filmscores and psychedelic music with a splash of jazz and a whole lot of “attitude” into an exciting and spectaculair musical stew. Servin’ you steamin’ Hammond sounds, screamin’ guitar and slammin’ drums to get the blood moving again.
Alongside his career as an artist, Rob Mostert owns a recording studio "Black Label recording studios" (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 / teacher at the Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam.