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New York Round Midnight Orchestra

New York Round Midnight is an international jazz festival headliner. With their roots in The Netherlands the orchestra consist of 7 professional instumentalists and a vocalist. No stage is too big, no crowd too large for this swinging jazz bigband. The tours in 2018 included South Africa, Thailand and South America.

New York Round Midnight is one of the hottest jazz productions of the moment in which you will experience the exciting nightlife in the renowned clubs around Broadway, New York, in the golden era of jazz. A group of exquisite musiciansfrom the cream of the Dutch jazz scene will take you back to the heyday of jazz, a vibrant world full of thrilling music and compelling stories about love, desire, joy and despair. With this magnificent theatre show you can enjoy some hard-swinging jazz classics, meet the historical jazz figures who brought them into being and feelhow vivid and urgent this music still is for today.

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Alexander started his musical education by his mother at the age of six not only on the piano, but some time later also on the clarinet, an instrument causing her some trouble. This notwithstanding he proved an apt pupil and private tuition was soon initiated. After switching from clarinet to tenor-saxophone it became obvious that his main interest was definitely not the piano.

With his brothers he started playing jazz and soon thereafter was performing on many different stages on a relatively large scale. With his extremely lyric tone-picture he proved to be able to enchant his audiences ever more.

Contrary to his elder and younger brother Alexander, after finishing high-school, did not enrol in a conservatory, but took up a study in organizational-management, at first at bachelor-level and finishing off with a masters-degree. All the time however he kept on playing with tremendous success. He recorded with other famous tenor players as Hans Dulfer, Houston Person and Ronnie Cuber.

With his masters-degree in organizational management besides being one of Holland’s most sought-after saxophone-players he is pre-eminently suited to teach music-management at university-level. Apart from that he conducts courses and seminars in international artist-management, with renowned speakers from all over the world, just recently India and Brazil.

He runs his own music agency, Maxanter Muziekproducties, leading booking-office for jazz and together with his brother Marius he owns a record-company with about thirty releases per year. Although he can hardly find the time to play he aims to curtail his activities so that he can be on stage with his beloved saxophone more often.

Ben van den Dungen, born October 29th 1960 in the Hague, is a renowned dutch jazz musician (soprano- and tenorsaxophone). When he completed his studies at the internationally acclaimed Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 1988, he had already made a name for himself in the dutch music scene as a gifted and solicited jazz sax player.

He joined the international Latin Jazz band Nueva Manteca in 1983, of which he's been part of ever since and one year later he founded his famous jazz quintet together with the dutch modern jazz trumpetist Jarmo Hoogendijk. This quintet has released numerous albums and went on several successful tours throughout Europe between 1985 and 2004. As a consequence of the resulting international acclaim, they were awarded the NOS Meervaart Jazzprijs in 1985 and the Nicolai Award in 1987. During these days he also played in the supergroup by dutch pianist Louis van Dijk.

Another significant phase of Ben van den Dungen's career was when he increasingly dedicated himself to the genre of world music. To this end he endeavoured on extensive study trips to Cuba, Columbia and India. Consequently, he joined renowned latin fusion bands like Fra Fra Sound and Tango Extremo. Moreover, he plays numerous concerts all around the world with the New York Round Midnight music-theatre production and his famous jazz quartet. In the course of his career, next to being an active and much solicited musician himself, he has been teaching his skills to aspiring students at the Conservatory of Rotterdam (Codarts) and at other renowned dutch conservatories.

Peter Beets is a world class jazz pianist: he has shared the stage with jazz greats like Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, “Toots” Thielemans, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson and John Clayton. He recorded with Jeff Hamilton, Larry Grenadier, Greg Hutchinson and Curtis Fuller and in 2001 his album "New York Trio" was released, which brought him international acclaim.

Peter Beets (1971) was surrounded by music from birth: classical on the part of his mother who is a music pedagogue, and jazz by his father who has a great love for Oscar Peterson and Art Blakey. Although originally his parents did not associate the word “musician” with the word “career”, music is definitely in the family’s blood. His brothers Marius (1966) and Alexander (1968) also became professionals, on string bass and tenor saxophone. From 1985 the brothers performed together as “The Beets Brothers”.

In 1988 Peter won the prestigious Pall Mall Swing Award and a year later the Princess Christina Award. In 1996, Peter recorded a remarkable trio album called “First Date” with drummer Jeff Hamilton. Peter became a much-solicited pianist both inside and outside the Netherlands, accompanying, among others, “First Lady of Jazz” Rita Reys. In 1998 he finished his conservatory studies and won the Prix Martial Solal in Paris. In the same year he became the regular pianist of “The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw”. With trombone and jazz legend Curtis Fuller, Peter made a live recording in 1999 and won in that same year yet another prize, the Concours de Solistes de Jazz in Monaco.

In 2001 he recorded the album “New York Trio” with the stunning rhythm tandem Rodney Whitaker and Willie Jones III, the first of Peter's albums on the renowned Criss Cross label. After the sequel, “New York Trio Page Two”, recorded with the world-famous Larry Grenadier on bass, he made a third album for Criss Cross, this time with bassist Reginald Veal and drummer Herlin Riley. In 2007 Criss Cross released the album “New Groove”, on which Beets chose to perform without drums, but with the exciting line-up of piano, bass and guitar.

In October 2010 Peter went back to the studio in New York to record his 5th CD for Criss Cross, “Chopin meets the Blues”, with exciting jazz-arrangements of the Polish grandmaster’s music. On this record he plays with Joe Cohn (guitar), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Greg Hutchinson (drums), with whom he occasionally plays throughout the year. In 2013 Peter Beets recorded the album ‘Portrait of Peterson’ with the same rhythm section. On this album, which was nominated for an Edison (Dutch equivalent of the Grammy), he performs favourite tracks and compositions of one of his biggest idols, Oscar Peterson.

In the fall of 2015 Peter presented a new CD with live recordings of his Chopin arrangements, "Chopin meets the Blues Live", which also received a nomination for an Edison. Later that year he toured with these arrangements, now orchestrated for a full size big band, "Chopin meets the Blues goes Big!". Currently Peter performs with an all-star group featuring the world-famous Han Bennink, Ruud Jacobs and Benjamin Herman. He also is currently touring with the Peter Beets Trio, playing Peter's original compositions, which brought him the 2010 Edison. The

Peter Beets Trio has been successfully touring in most countries in Europe as well as in Asia, Russia, the USA and Japan. Memorable are his performances at Tokyo Jazz Festival (2011 and 2015), Java Jazz Festival (2014 and 2015), North Sea Jazz Festival (2014, 2015 and 2016), Salle Pleyel in Paris, Lincoln Center Rose Hall, Birdland and Blue Note in New York (2014, 2015 and 2016) and the Newport Jazz Festival (2014 Yoshi’s in Oakland and the Composer’s Union Hall in Moscow. An extraordinary duet for two grand pianos with Chick Corea in the main hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw resulted in regular performances of Peter’s trio there. In March 2017 Peter Beets played a duet on two grand pianos with Grammy award-winning Roger Kellaway at the opening of a new jazz series in the Sheen Center in New York and in June he appeared again for concerts in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Vocalist Deborah J. Carter was born in the U.S.A. and grew up in Hawaii and Japan. She travels extensively performing in jazz festivals, jazz clubs, seminars, and radio and TV shows throughout Europe and Asia with her trio or as a guest with various formations from solo pianists to large orchestras. While on tour, she has also given master classes all over the world.

Deborah is also currently the Professor of Jazz Vocals at the Musikene Music Conservatory in San Sebastian, Spain. This prestigious school, in the Basque region of Spain, was founded in 2001 by the Basque Government through the establishment of a private foundation.

This vocalist / composer / arranger definitely brings her multi – cultural experiences into her music. “We are so privileged in this day and age to have an open door to other cultures and perspectives that enrich our own.” And she brings it to light through her style. Described by the Music Maker magazine as “absolutely top-class”, she is one of the most dynamic vocalists in the jazz scene. Deborah´s latest release, called “Blue Notes and Red Shoes”, was recorded with her long-standing trio together with internationally renowned guest artists and is a prime example of her favourite genre ‘metropolitan jazz’. In her own words, “It’s a kind of jazz that reflects the energy and spirit of any capital city, in this 21st centrury, that has absorbed the influences and cosmopolitan aspects of its inhabitants. And it’s definitely a Saturday night jazz!”

Deborah also has four other solo CD’s. Her first,” ‘Scuse Me…”, is a flavorful combination of jazz, latin, blues, and gospel. This CD received rave reviews from the international press and one of the first presentation concerts was at the 1998 North Sea Jazz Festival. She later launched a second CD which paid homage to the moon and the nocturnal life with the title song from her own songbook of originals: ” ‘Round Moonlight”. Her third CD, “Girl-Talking!”, is a energetic live performance in The Hague, demonstrating her dynamic stage performance. Scheduled for release in 2016 is the CD “Daytripper”, featuring eleven tracks of fresh and original jazz versions of Beatles’ material.

At a very young age Deborah began as a woodwind instrumentalist in Hawaii and later started learning music theory, arranging, and composition in her early teens in Japan. She continued her studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. “All throughout my younger years I was blessed with wonderful teachers and friends that encouraged and inspired me. During her residency in Spain she collaborated on CD’s with Max Sunyer, Carles Benavent and Salvador Niebla adding vocals to their typical brand of Mediterranean jazz. “My musical influences while living in Spain added the right amount of passion and intensity to my art.” She also worked in theater in Madrid, then formed her own jazz quintet with whom she appeared in many jazz festivals in major cities in Iberia. She has been an invited guest on national TV and radio shows in addition to acquiring ample experience as a session singer for TV and radio commercials.

Besides working with her own group, with whom she performs many of her own arrangements and compositions, Deborah also loves to sing the great jazz classics as a guest artist with a number of established European jazz orchestras. Some of these are: the Metropole Orchestra, the HR (Frankfurt Radio) Big Band, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sedavi Latin Jazz Big Band with Mike Mossman (arranger for Tito Puente), the Berlin Jazz Orchestra, the Holland Big Band, the Berlin Opera House Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, the Croatian Radio & TV Orchestra among others.

Izaline Calister (Curaçao, 1969), Edison Award winner in 2009, has built an impressive track record in the past 12 years. With her charming style she gathered a loyal group of fans worldwide. Sometimes modest, then exciting again, Izaline possesses the exceptional gift that makes all the difference for a soloist, as she sings in her mother tongue, Papiamentu, with feeling and grace. She has this ability to remain true to her roots and successfully reach out and conquer audiences around the world singing in an unfamiliar language, while seamlessly melding the pulsating rhythms of Afro-Antilles music with Jazz.

The songs „Wow’i Kariño“, „Kanta Hélele“, „Sa Sa Na Awasa“, „Bendisiona“ and more recent „Reina di Pordon“ were number 1 hits in the Caribbean. Her studio albums „Sono di un Muhé“, „Mariposa“, „Krioyo“, „Kanta Hélele“, „Speransa“ and „Rayo di Lus“ are released worldwide.

Izalines music is a fusion between the traditional music of her birth island Curaçao, and jazz with Afro-Caribbean influences. With her great band and special composed sets she is able to charm her audience on any occasion. Izaline performs throughout Europe, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Korea, the U.S.A.and South America and she played on many national and international festivals such as the Cape Town Jazz Festival, Rome Jazz Festival, Cervantino Festival Mexico, Sofia and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

The BBC made and broadcasted a mini-documentary about Izaline in 2006. In 2007 Izaline sings for the Queen during the Liberation Festival, accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra. In 2010 Izaline was asked by the United Nations to perform a song at their head office in New York during the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery. She played there with the world famous guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers. Izaline worked together with so many musicians and artists. In 2011 she toured through the Dutch theatres called Nomads in cooperation with the Brazilian singer Lilian Vieira and the Moluccan singer Julya L’Oko. Izaline is also a much asked for soloist. She played amongst others with the Dutch music theatre company Het Volksoperahuis, recorded a song with Dutch rap artist Fresku and she worked several times with the Metropole Orchestra and many other orchestras.

Her latest studio album (2012) was also produced, written and composed by herself, accompanied by her great musicians. The album is called „Kandela“ (Fire) on which she performs Cuban boleros, Brazilian bossa novas and other Latin American music in Papiamentu, her mother tongue. In Summer 2013 Izaline, together with Dutch theatre group Het Volksoperahuis, developed a special musictheatre production ‘No love without freedom’ (the story of Mosa Nena & Buchi Fil). This production was presented during the festivities around the remembrance of 150 years abolition of slavery in the Netherlands. In addition to that, in Fall 2013 she featured in “Tambu“, also with the music theatre group Het Volksoperahuis with whom she toured Dutch theatres. In 2014/2015 Izaline toured the Dutch theatres again with „Barricade“, a music theatre production about protest songs and she also featured in one of the biggest jazz productions in the Netherlands: „New York Round Midnight“.

In April 2016 Izaline released her 8th album „Rayo di Lus“. Working with Roël Calister („Kuenta i Tambu“) and producer Ward Veenstra (a.o. Nynke Laverman) her focus in this album was to find a new approach to defining her roots by a subtle use of electronics and samples. In May 2016 a dream came true for Izaline Calister: she managed to bring the music production ‘No love without freedom’ (the story of Mosa Nena & Buchi Fil) on stage on Curaçao. It was the first time a music theatre production like this, based on a poem by Pierre Lauffer about an old Curaçao slave legend, was performed on Curaçao. It was a big success with six sold out shows. Back in the Netherlands she composed songs for another music theatre production called “the Swimmingpool Stories” in which she also performed. In Fall 2016 Izaline toured with her Latin Diva show: an ode to the Latin divas which inspired her and in which she also played her own songs to show how she used these influences.

2017/2018 were very busy years again for Izaline, where she featured in “The Challenge Tour”, which was based on the interaction of two artists with different sounds, styles and influences. This was followed by preparations for Pili Pili, the reunion tour with Jasper van t'Hof (Summer & Fall 2017). Moreover, Izaline Calister took part in a unique theatre concert tour about Lennaert Nijgh, one of the best songwriters the Netherlands have ever known. In between she also played with her own band and in April 2018 she started a reprise tour of her Latin Diva show.

Born in Madrid in October 15th 1983, Miguel Rodriguez discovered the piano at the age of six and studied in an autodidactic way for several years. After a fleeting classical studies at the “Joaquin Turina” Conservatory in Madrid he moved to Holland in 2005 to study Jazz Piano.

In June 2009 he graduated “Cum Laude” at the Rotterdam Conservatorium (Codarts) and obtained the Bachelor Degree of Jazz Piano. In 2010 he got the most prestigious scholarship in The Netherlands (“Huygens Program” by Nuffic). In January 2011 he moved to New York in order to continue his jazz development and knowledge. Over there he studied with Aaron Goldberg, Dave Kikoski, Bruce Barth, Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch and Sophia Rossoff.

In May 2011 he graduated and received the Jazz Piano Master Degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Currently, Miguel Rodriguez is actively working in the dutch jazz scene as the leader of his own band and his own trio, being selected for the Young VIP’s Tour in 2014. Besides, he’s part of many other bands highlighting the Ben Van Den Dungen Quartet, the Benjamin Herman Quartet, the Maarten Hogenhuis Quartet and the successful musical production “New York Round Midnight”. As a guest pianist he’s been invited to play with the JOC (Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw), Powerhouse Big Band with Marius Beets, Bob Sands Big Band, Alain Pérez Latin-jazz Band, BvR Flamenco Big Band (Flamenco Biennale 2015), etc.

As a side-man he has worked with the majority of the most well-known musicians from Holland as Ferdinand Povel, Ruud Jacobs, Eric Ineke, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, Simon Rigter, John Ruocco, Jasper Blom, Martijn van Iterson, Martijn Vink, Joost van Schaik, etc., as well as from the USA, like Branford Marsalis, Donald Harrison, the quintet of Willie Jones III, Peter Bernstein, Terell Stafford or Deborah Brown. He has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2009 (Codarts Big Band conducted by Maria Schneider), 2012 (Benjamin Herman Quartet) and 2014 (Ben van den Dungen Quartet). On tour, he has traveled with different bands all over Europe, Russia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and South America. As a docent, he has been a piano teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) since September 2016. Since 2014 he has taken part every year in the Jazz Summer School in Korea and Indonesia, teaching piano, combos and giving master-classes.

Rolf Delfos is a renowned dutch alto and soprano sax player, who is active in many national and international jazz formations such as the famous Houdinis and his own saxofone quartet Artvark. He contributed to over 50 albums, is an accomplished composer and arranger, and in addition to that is carrying out a great many other functions: he is the head of the big band Licks & Brains, teaches at the Conservatory in Zwolle/The Netherlands and is responsible for the rubric Dutch Jazz on Sublime FM. Moreover, he manages musicians' concerns at the foundation for „Exploitatie van Naburige Rechten“ (SENA).

Double-Bass player Marius Beets started his musical upbringing at the age of six on the piano. Shortly thereafter he furthermore began acquiring proficiency on the guitar, at first the acoustic variant, later on the electric guitar and the bass-guitar. He still is an accomplished pianist, an indispensable proviso for his composing- and orchestrating work.

Marius is a much-belauded musician in the international scene. This is undoubtedly the result of his many concerts with the Beets Brothers and many other jazz-formations, as well as his way of playing. That is dubbed by his fellow-musicians as “rock-steady”. It is extremely stable with a masterly timing. It comes as no surprise his contribution can be heard on an imposing number of albums.

He shared the stage with jazz-celebreties as f.i. Teddy Edwards, James Moody, Bud Shank, Johnny Griffin, Herb Geller, George Coleman and many others. He recorded albums with famous drummer legend Jeff Hamilton as well as with Jiggs Wigham and recently Ronnie Cuber.

Marius is much asked for by Holland's First Lady of Jazz Rita Reys. This is not only by virtue of his outstanding musical qualities, but also of the way he knows how to lay the foundation for an unshakable rhythm-section. Furthermore he participated in cross-over projects with classical orchestras as The Schönberg Ensemble, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam and the Brabants Orkest. Besides playing double-bass he is also a recognized composer and arranger and also a sound-engineer with his own recording-studio.

Being born on July 22nd 1993 in Maastricht, Tom badly wanted to play the trombone at the age of seven. Since at that time his arms were too short to handle a trombone, he started playing trumpet and never quit.

Tom completed his bachelor and master studies on some of the world’s renowned conservatories: Rotterdam (NL), Amsterdam (NL), Berlin (DE) and Philadelphia (USA). Furthermore, he had classes with famous teachers including Terell Stafford, John Swana, Dick Oatts, Wim Both, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Gerard Presencer, Ruud Breuls and Eric Vloeimans.

As a trumpeter Tom Ridderbeekx made his debut at the North Sea Festival at the age of 18 and has performed there regularly ever since. Through the years following he played in many bands and shared the stage with many famous artists including the Dutch National Youth Orchestra, Matt Bianco, the Dutch Royal Navy, Shirma Rouse, Re:Freshed Orchestra, Sabrina Starke, Kim Hoorweg, Ben van den Dungen, the Bazzookas, Ilja Reijngoud and many more. Tom toured through Thailand, the USA, Colombia, South Africa and all over Europe.

Currently Tom is a member of a great amount of bands including New York Round Midnight, Coal Harbour, Roest, Brassta La Vista, Funky Fools, Red Light Jazz Society and The King Swings. "Tom Ridderbeekx takes it to the next level with a lyrical solo."- Cyriel Pluimakers (jazzenzo) on Coal Harbour's EP "Crossing The Canal"

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Saxophone player Kika Sprangers (born September 28th, 1994) attracts her audience with her lyrical, melodic manner of playing and her characteristic sound. However, she does not only express herself musically via the masterful handling of her instrument, but also via her colourful and gripping compositions. These are based on an appealing combination of subtle melodies, powerful harmonies and a solid groove. In 2016 Kika Sprangers finished her studies at the Conservatory Utrecht with distinction, the well-deserved culmination of a very successful period of studying. During this period she was selected to be the head of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra's (NJJO) sax section, supervised by Martin Fondse. While carrying out this function she gained a lot of valuable experience, which eventually made her the musician she is now: not being afraid to fall, getting back up again and continuously telling a story to the audience, these are quintessential elements of her musicianship. The NJJO was part of the Young Metropole Orchestra lead by star conductor, composer and arranger Jules Buckley (Metropole Orchestra), who claimed the following about Kika: “Good solos and an excellent and concentrated performance spirit. Great leadership of her section. Very open and relaxed to constructive comments in regards to ensemble playing, blend and balance. Showed an eagerness to learn and spread good vibes amongst the whole team and all in all was a joy to work with. I can see her certainly doing very well in future.”

At the moment Kika is developing her musicianship on many different levels: she plays with the Jazz Archipel Utrecht (amongst others with Marc Scholten and Ad Colen) and in a trio with Martin Fondse and the cello player Jörg Brinkmann. Moreover, she is part of the successful music theatre show Swingin' Harlem and New York Round Midnight. All the while she invests much time and effort into her own quintet and Large Ensemble (a continuation of her formation with 3 singers and a four-person brass section). Performing highlights of these formations were at the InJazz, Tivolo Cloud Nine and the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. In February 2017 Kika's first EP „Leaves of Lily“ was released, consisting of her own compositions played by her quintet and Large Ensemble. This album was awarded 4 stars in the Parool magazine and Kika was described as „a strong personality with a mature sound, flair and enthusiasm“. In 2018 Kika was selected as Young Vip 2018, a title awarded to the most promising young jazz talents in The Netherlands. Under this title she toured throughout the Netherlands with her quintet and Large Ensemble between March and Mid-May 2018 and performed in famous dutch jazz clubs and festivals (Bimhuis, Transition Festival, LantarenVenster, etc.). In July 2018 Kika Sprangers and her quintet hit the stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Her first studio album is scheduled for 2019.

Jazz singer Thom Hoorweg is only 23 years old, but has already achieved a lot in his career. Known from DWDD, a famous dutch TV entertainment show, he has toured through the dutch jazz theatres and festivals and recorded a stunning debut album called “Two-Faced“ which was well-received by critics. Thom's background is determined by music in many respects: raised by a renowned jazz pianist and grown up with a sister who has also become a successful singer, music has inevitably played an essential role in his life. With his warm timbre and infallibly steady timing, Hoorweg adds a fresh and original note to the landscape of dutch jazz.

After being born (1993) and raised in The Hague, Robert started playing the piano at the age of 6. After classical lessons and fooling around a lot, he started taking jazz lessons at the age of 16. After finishing high school he was admitted to the preliminary year at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where he studied with Karel Boehlee.

In 2012 Robert moved to Rotterdam to attend the Jazz department of Codarts. There he studied with Rob van Bavel, Johan Clement, Simon Rigter, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Ben van den Dungen, Ab Schaap, Luis Rabello, Frans van Geest and several others.

From October 2014 he attended the Jazz Institut Berlin (JIB) for an exchange period, where he studied with Wolfgang Kohler. In 2016 he graduated from Codarts and is now working as a pianist, composer, arranger and teacher in several different projects and fields.

Once a month he organises a jamsession in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg in Rotterdam called „Jazzy Nights“. At the session openers he shared the stage with Dutch greats like Benjamin Herman, Jasper Blom, Simon Rigter, Reinier Baas, Martijn van Iterson, Marjorie Barnes, Jan van Duikeren, Ruud Breuls and Sjoerd Dijkhuizen.

He performed at several festivals and venues in the Netherlands and beyond like North Sea Jazz, Bimhuis, PaRaDox, de Melkweg, Breda Jazz, Jazz in Duketown, Amersfoort Jazz and the North Sea Jazz Club.

Donald Simoen (Breda, 1988) is a gifted jazz saxophone player and a very proficient soloist. In 2012 he attends classes given by Dick Oatts, Tim Warfield, John Swana, Terell Stafford and Bruce Barth as part of an exchange program between the conservatory of Amsterdam and Philadelphia’s Temple University. He graduates cum laude at the conservatory of Rotterdam in 2013, where he studied under musicians like Simon Rigter, Ben van den Dungen and Dick de Graaf. In the same year, he wins the prize for best soloist at the European Jazz Contest. Next, he obtains a master’s degree at the conservatory of Amsterdam. Donald plays in his own Donald Simoen Trio and the infamous Party Jazz Experience. As a side man he works for Bop this!, all-star band Private Time Machine, the Dutch Concert Bigband, the theater show New York Round Midnight, Brasstalavista and many others.
Wouter Kühne (born 1996) is a young, versatile and greatly talented jazz drummer from The Netherlands, who is considered one of the most promising musicians of the scene right now. When he was only 13 he began to study at the Junior Jazz College of the Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he had classes with Gerhard Jeltes. At the age of 16 he had his first concert at the North Sea Jazz Festival. 2017 he won the golden band of the Sena Performers, an award which is given to the most promising young aspiring jazz artists of the scene. In the course of his studies at the Conservatory Amsterdam he was taught by Martijn Vink, Marcel Serierse and Lucas van Merwijk. Moreover, he took part in masterclasses by legendary jazz drummers like Willie Jones III, John Riley, Greg Hutchinson, Dennis Mackrel and Billy Hart. During his flourishing career Wouter has shared the stage with jazz greats like Benjamin Herman, Simon Rigter, Jasper Blom, dem Jazz Orchestra des Concertgebouw, John Ruocco, Henk Meutgeert, Ben van Gelder, Joris Roelofs, Reinier Baas, Maarten Hogenhuis, Joe Cohn, Dick Oatts, Miguel Rodríguez, and Martijn van Iterson.

Cas Jiskoot (1998, The Hague) started playing guitar when he was seven years old. Five years later he started to play electric and acoustic bass. He had lessons with a.o. Olaf Tarenskeen, Patrick Kockelkoren, Frans van Geest, Jeroen Vierdag, Clemens van der Feen, Marius Beets and Ron Carter and he played with a.o. Robert Veen, Simon Rigter, Jasper Blom, Ben van Gelder, Caspar van Wijk, Dmitry Baevsky, Jasper van Damme, Ruud Breuls, Peter Beets, Juraj Stanik, Karel Boehlee, Timothy Banchet, Martijn van Iterson, Marcel Serierse, Joost van Schaik, Gijs Dijkhuizen, Joost Patocka, Joost Lijbaart, Mark Schilders and many others.

Furthermore, he plays in a lot of ensembles like the Gijs Idema Trio, Anna Serierse Quartet, IdeMo Quartet, Marjorie Barnes Sextet, Jurjen Donkers Quartet/Quintet, Sergio Abdoelrahman Quartet, SIMIO Jazz Trio and The Dutch Jazz Collective conducted by Henk Meutgeert.

With the Gijs Idema Trio he won the Princess Christina Jazz Concours in 2014, the Leiden Jazz Award in 2016 and on top of that the press prize and the Expression of Art Award from the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam in 2017. In 2018 the Gijs Idema Trio released their debut album “Squares”.

Cas played at most major jazz venues in the Netherlands, like Bimhuis, LantarenVenster, Artischock Soest, Jazzkerk Aartswoud, Nick Vollebregt’s and on festivals like Jazz in de Gracht, Grachtenfestival, Festival Classique, InJazz Rotterdam, Trommel, Goois Jazz Festival, Amersfoort Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Delft, Meerjazz Hoofddorp and Jazzfest. He also played at a significant number of international venues like the Hat Bar in Berlin, Club Esse in Moscow, JFC Jazz Club and The White Hall in Saint Petersburg and Jazzcafé de Muze in Antwerp.

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