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Ben van Gelder


“He is one of those rare young musicians who establishes his individuality in three or four notes." - Artsjournal (Doug Ramsey) Despite his age, Ben van Gelder (22) is emerging as an important new voice on the New York jazz scene. Musicians and peers alike prize him for his unique sound, originality and artistic integrity. He performs all around the world in various settings and formations. When not performing Ben keeps himself busy writing, practicing and listening in search of a highly personal expression. His highly anticipated debut album, Frame of Reference, released in june 2011, features some of the most talented musicians from the New York jazz scene


News: Event

The Netherlands as central focus at jazzahead! ...and a message: 'Jazz needs diversity'

The Netherlands as central focus at jazzahead! ...and a message: 'Jazz needs diversity'

jazzahead! 2024—with partner country the Netherlands—will be three busy and full-on days and nights from April 11-13. Key themes of the showcase programme at the forthcoming jazzahead!2024 are: a superb array of acts from the Netherlands, this year’s partner country; a very strong presence of women among the 40 acts, particularly in the role of bandleaders; ...



Label: Bjurecords
Released: 2023
Track listing: Prelude to Stranded; Fever Dream; Changes; Sun; Stranded; 25 Notes; Island Time; Island Time Afterlude; Landed.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few Of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 4

Read "A Few Of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Africana to Americana, and beyond, in the final installment of our retrospective of some of the most memorable tunes we got to hear during the first half of the year.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Bill Laurance, Michael League “Round House" Where You Wish ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tina Turner + Selma Savolainen, Ben Van Gelder, Rajna Swaminathan & More

Read "Tina Turner + Selma Savolainen, Ben Van Gelder, Rajna Swaminathan & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A tribute to Tina Turner opens a show featuring music characterized by a deliberate desire to blur the lines between jazz and other genres, be it pop, R&B, world music or church music, and to do so with the most wonderful arrangements. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...


Article: Live Review

Jazz Juniors 2022

Read "Jazz Juniors 2022" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazz Juniors Cricoteka Kraków, Poland September 28-October 1, 2022 Jazz Juniors is primarily a competition, but simultaneously exists as a regular festival. This latter aspect has enlarged during recent years, following the debut of its new artistic director Adam Pierończyk in 2019. Also an established saxophonist, it's clear ...

Article: Live Review

Udin&Jazz 2022

Read "Udin&Jazz 2022" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Udin&Jazz 2022 Teatro Palamostre Udine 12-16.7.2022 Dopo tre anni di “esilio" a Grado, a seguito della (anche coraggiosa) decisione di non collaborare con l'amministrazione cittadina, per la sua trentaduesima edizione Udin&Jazz è tornato nella sua sede originaria con un programma giustamente diversificato, articolato su cinque giorni: nei primi tre una bella ...


Article: Album Review

Alexis Valet: Explorers

Read "Explorers" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Alexis Valet is a vibraphonist making a name for himself in the French jazz scene as an accomplished sideman with the Xavier Belin Quartet, Shauli Einav Quintet, Joachim Govin Sextet, and most importantly, as a leader. His compositions draw their insight from contemporary jazz, hip hop, free jazz, and electronica while keeping a strong footing in ...

Article: Album Review

Alex Goodman: Impressions in Blue and Red

Read "Impressions in Blue and Red" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Con questo splendido doppio album, Alex Goodman esce dal limbo dei talentosi chitarristi emergenti per entrare a pieno titolo tra i solisti e compositori più interessanti del jazz contemporaneo. Era proprio ora. All'età di 34 anni, con sette dischi da leader e prestigiosi premi internazionali (tra cui la vittoria al Montreux International Jazz Guitar del 2014), ...


Article: Album Review

Antoine Pierre: Suspended (Live at Flagey)

Read "Suspended (Live at Flagey)" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Although the Belgian music scene is rich and varied, it is much neglected outside its national borders, as evidenced by the case of Aka Moon, an extraordinary trio that has celebrated 25 years of activity, but is still practically ignored by the foreign media. Let's hope the same does not happen with this new young talent, ...


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