New Band on the Horizon

In the last few months I've had the privilege of working on new music by the drummer and composer Friso van Wijck. The music has a firm basis in modern composition and it was a pleasure to be invited by Friso to join his group with Jasper van Damme (Alto Saxophone), Jorn ten Hopen (Guitar), Frank Gones (guitar) and Bas Kloosterman (Electric Bass).

Tuesday evening we unveiled the project at Dizzy's in Rotterdam (part of North Sea Jazz around town) to a wonderfully receptive audience.

Photos courtesy of Guido van Riet



Acquaphonica recording new album

Next week I'll be joining Acquaphonica to record our second studio album with Federica Colangelo, Mihail Ivanov, Matthis Tuin and Kristijan Krajnčan. Some beautiful new compositions by pianist Federica Colangelo will be given life. Hopefully we do the music justice!


Dutch Concert Big Band at the Kring

Wednesday 15th April, opening with the Dutch Concert Big Band at the Kring.

Doors open from 21:00. Performing new arrangements by members of the band, and showcasing Originals from the Dutch Jazz scene.

Acquaphonica: The Run Up to Our New Album

Federica Colangelo has been working hard on new material which we will be performing at Bethany's Jazz Club on Thursday 19th of March, and at the JAZZ MAASTRICHT FESTIVAL on Saturday 21st of March.

Tickets are available at, and on the door at Bethany's Jazz Club.

Konrad Koselleck Big Band feat. the band!

Time and again band leader Konrad Koselleck finds adventurous combinations of jazz, cabaret, musical, pop, rock, funk, Latin and even classical music. In the past 10 years he has arranged over 150 pieces of music for his big band. Some of these have been performed only once. For example, that song for a one-off show with a Viennese transvestite. Or the national anthem of Cameroon, performed during a live screening of the world cup match between The Netherlands and Cameroon at the Bimhuis. All these musical gems will now get a ‘second night stand’, with fresh adaptations featuring the excellent soloists of the band. A night full of music from all corners of the world.

Highlights: Dutch Concert Big Band

The Dutch Concert Big Band has enjoyed a productive and exciting end to 2014. Performing at the SAX14 Jazz festival in Amsterdam with Paquito D'Rivera, A benefit concert for the National Jazz Archive with Yuri Honing, Theo Lovendie and living legend Ack van Rooyen as guests.

A Performance on national television (VPRO Vrije Geluiden) concluded the season. The video of which can be found on their site. and a clip of my performance with Jan-Willem (trumpet) and the band is above.

Upcoming Events:

After a fantastic summer tour with BMB (Benoit Martiny Band), in Japan, Hungary, Germany and the UK. The next months will be a little quieter, but some noteworthy dates with Acquaphonica, Benoit Martiny Band, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, and the Kevin van Elsen Big Band include:

  • 10th October - Overtoom 301 Jazz at the Pepper (Amsterdam NL)
  • 11th October - Koffie Jam Buurthuis Rivierenbuurt (Amsterdam NL) 
  • 24th October - Overtoom 301 Jazz at the Pepper (Amsterdam NL) 
  • 26th October - Benoit Martiny Band Nordhausen (Nordhausen G) 
  • 31st October - Overtoom 301 Jazz at the Pepper (Amsterdam NL) 
  • 3rd November - Benoit Martiny Band B-Flat (Berlin G) 
  • 5th November - Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (Saarland G) 
  • 8th November  - Koffie Jam Buurthuis Rivierenbuurt (Amsterdam NL)
  • 22nd November - Acquaphonica Radio6 (Amsterdam NL)
  • 23rd November - Acquaphonica Groningen (NL) 
  • 29th November - New Jazz Generation Big band olv. Kevin van Elsen (Amsterdam NL)
  • 6th December - Gallowstreet at Paradiso (Amsterdam NL)


Announcing: Benoit Martiny Band "Trauer" Tour

Delighted to be back on the road with Benoit Martiny!

This summer will mark the release of our newly recorded album. Still relatively hush-hush about the details as the album is still in production, however, the following dates have been confirmed, and I am very happy to be able to provide the following pre-announced tour dates:


  • 18th May - Food for your Senses festival, Bissen, Luxembourg


  • 15th June - Fete de la Musique, Dudelange, Luxembourg, Why Not Stage


  • 7th July - Album Release, Rock um Knuedler, Luxembourg
  • 17th July - Vár, Nagykanizsa, Hungary
  • 19th July - Ludas Matyi Restaurant, Nagykanizsa-Miklosfa, Hungary
  • 20th July - JazzLand Festival, Cserfő, Hungary
  • 25th & 26th July - Jazz Fiesta, Nemztetközi Jazz parádé, Balatongyörök, Hungary
  • 28th July - Manchester Jazzfestival, Manchester, United Kingdom


  • 2nd August - Voelklinger Huettenjazz, Voelklingen, Germany.
  • 3rd August - Blues and Rock Festival, Beaufort, Luxembourg
  • 25th August - Sapporo CityJazz, Sapporo, Japan