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Jesse van Ruller

Jesse van Ruller won the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington in 1995. The jury, consisting of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Jim Hall, Pat Martino and Mark Whitfield, was of the opinion that van Ruller is one of the most promising talents of his time. He graduated summa cum laude from the Hilversum Conservatory in 1995, where he studied with Wim Overgaauw. Since then he has performed with numerous renowned musicians and ensembles amongst which are George Duke, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Tom Harrell, Philip Catherine, Toots Thielemans, the Roy Hargrove Quintet, Christian McBride, Seamus Blake, Metropole Orchestra, Asko Ensemble, WDR Big Band, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker. His first CD,

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bruford-Borstlap: Sheer Reckless Abandon

Read "Sheer Reckless Abandon" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the great joys of music can be that of distance: coming back to a piece of music, a musician/group or a discography, even, years later to rediscover it anew. While returning to music after a break of months, years...even decades...is not always a revelation, it's likely true that, if the music was appealing the ...

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Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival Various Venues Falcarragh, Ireland December 7-8, 2018 It only rained twice during the inaugural Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival--all day Friday, and then all day Saturday. Still, no amount of rain or wind could dampen the spirits of those who turned out to support this bold initiative ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Conor Murray & Micheal Murray: Putting Falcarragh On The Jazz Map

Read "Conor Murray & Micheal Murray: Putting Falcarragh On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's just gone half past midday and yet double bassist Conor Murray and twin brother, saxophonist Micheal Murray, are gearing up for their second media engagement of the day. If this were New York or London such hustle and bustle mightn't be unusual for two seasoned jazz musicians with a CD to launch, except the Murrays ...

David Lyttle: Leading Jazz Into The Hinterlands

Read "David Lyttle: Leading Jazz Into The Hinterlands" reviewed by Ian Patterson

There was a time when jazz groups would zig-zag all over the country, by train, in customized buses or in cars, playing date after date in towns big and small. Tours that kept a band on the road for months at a time were once the norm for many jazz outfits--the bread and butter of countless ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Gabriel Vicéns: Puerto Rican Jazz Guitar

Read "Gabriel Vicéns: Puerto Rican Jazz Guitar" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Puerto Rican jazz guitarist/composer Gabriel Vicéns graduated from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico as the first jazz guitarist, and has gone on to teach guitar at the Music Department at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He recorded his first solo album Point in Time at age 23; his second album Days has been released ...

Samuel Mösching, Joe Giglio, Dave Kain and Juampy Juarez

Read "Samuel Mösching, Joe Giglio, Dave Kain and Juampy Juarez" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Welcome to Guitarists Rendezvous, our first installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. We kick of the column with a diverse ...

ARTICLE: JAZZIN' AROUND EUROPE

Festival Jazz International Promotes Rotterdam Renaissance

Read "Festival Jazz International Promotes Rotterdam Renaissance" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

After an excellent full day program centered by national talent at Rotterdam's Festival Jazz International, two strong impressions rang very clear. The first was that considering current performers, experimentation and ongoing tradition, the Netherlands is obviously one of the per capita international leaders regarding the size and scope of a national jazz scene.

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Pål Nyberg

Read "Take Five With Pål Nyberg" reviewed by Pål Nyberg

Meet Pål Nyberg: Pål Nyberg is an internationally working guitarist and composer. Recently, Nyberg released his debut album Culture of Peace (Stockholm Jazz, 2013). Over the past few years, he has been involved in numerous international projects with collaborators from most parts of Europe, South and North America, as well as the Far East. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Jasper Blom Quartet: Gravity

Read "Gravity" reviewed by John Kelman

With Gravity, Dutch saxophonist Jasper Blom concludes his Mainland Records trilogy--its cover perhaps suggesting something more danceable than the heads and hands that graced the respective covers of 2008's Statue of Liberty and 2011's Dexterity. Each recording has its own charms, but Gravity is, hands-down, the most upbeat and joyous of the three, and another superb ...


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