Born into a music loving family, Ellister van der Molen started out young at the special talent class of The Hague's Royal Conservatory. While initially starting as a classical player, through the years she has established herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres. Her CD “Smalls NYC” got critical acclaim, leading to invitations for major venues such as the prestigous North Sea Jazz Festival. Currently Ellister is a co-leader of the succesful soulful Hammond jazz band RED, that’s releasing it’s second album November 2020. Her sound – especially on her beloved instrument the flugelhorn – is remarkably warm, her melodies lyrical. But do not expect compliant swing: “Music gets more interesting when somebody puts himself into trouble” Ellister once said in an interview.
- Ellister van der Molen is one of the few female trumpeters at the top of her game within the European jazz scene. (jazz in Europe)
- "...fascinating to see how this young trumpeter has sucked up the whole jazz history...." (**** in Jazzism)
- On Red's first CD AHOOO: “Jesus Christ, that is a good sound!…Ready to release on Blue Note” (Hans Dulfer, Front Runnin’)
- "Being a New Orleanian I can really appreciate when someone pays homage to the great musical history of my home town. Many try and miss the mark by not fully understanding the true nature of the culture. Ellister in the other fully feels and embodies the vibe and spirit of New Orleans