New York Round Midnight Orchestra

The Band

The Round Midnight Orchestra is an international jazz festival headliner. With there roots in The Netherlands the orchestra has a score of international artist. No stage is to big, no crowd to large for this swinging jazz bigband. The last tour included South Africa, Thailand and South America.

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Line-Up

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.