Saxophonist Jan Menu (1962) won the prestigious Dutch Loosdrecht Jazzconcours in 1989 and consequently, received the Wessel Ilcken Award. He was praised for his melodic approach, original phrasing and use of harmony and his strong musical personality. These aspects still are characteristic for his playing.
Though Menu stepped in the scene as a tenor- and baritone saxophonist, since a few years he concentrates on the latter, and is considered a leading player on the big horn. In his hands, the baritone, mostly a somewhat awkward instrument, sounds light and melodic.
With guitarist Maarten van der Grinten and bass player Jan Voogd, Jan Menu co-leads the chamber jazz trio DIG d’DIZ, for almost 20 years