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Joris Roelofs

Joris Roelofs (1984) is a (bass) clarinetist, saxophonist and composer from Amsterdam. He was a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra from 2005 – 2010. Joris finished his masters at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2007, and lived in New York City between 2008-2011. In 2001 he won the Pim Jacobs Prize, and in 2003 he was the first non-American to receive the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown Fellowship Award in the US, organized by the IAJE. In 2004 Joris received the first prize of the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award in the Netherlands. In 2008 he was selected for the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition

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Article: Live Review

12 Points Festival 2019

Read "12 Points Festival 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Bimhuis 12 Points Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands September 25-28, 2019 Jazz, as a diverse and heterogeneous field by nature, is represented at each 12 Points edition by young musicians and groups (age 35) with a strong artistic profile and solid and attractive performance capabilities. The festival represents in a nutshell what the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joris Roelofs Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Joris Roelofs excels at alto saxophone as well as bass clarinet. He has lived in New York, where he formed a trio with respected American musicians. Alongside jazz he takes his inspiration from classical music and contemporary improvised music. On this compelling live performance he plays a solo bass clarinet set. Playlist Introduction Bimhuis ...

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Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw: Crossroads

Read "Crossroads" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Netherlands's Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, which started life in 1996 as the New Concert Big Band, a successor to such leading lights as Count Basie and Woody Herman, has evolved since then into an up-to-date ensemble that more closely resembles New York's Vanguard Jazz Orchestra or composer Bill Holman's legendary West Coast rehearsal band. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More

Read "Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The much-acclaimed Australian saxophonist Sandy Evans' passion for combining jazz improvisation and Indian music continues unabated on her latest recording Bridge of Dreams. She brought together some top musicians from India, including the incredible vocalist Shubha Mudgal, Sandy's frequent accompanist tabla player Bobby Singh and the Sirens Big Band from Sydney for the project. Recently, the ...

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Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More

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Sometimes a recording catches you by surprise. Such is the case with Swedish bassist Thomas Markusson's Open. Only one of the musicians was familiar, the pianist Naoko Sakata who moved from Japan to Sweden where she could play the kind of music that wasn't popular in Japan. Sakata definitely found the right company. Markusson is a ...

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Berlin Jazzfest 2017

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Haus der Berliner Festspiele Jazzfest Berlin Berlin November 4-5, 2017 This year it was the last edition of Berlin Jazzfest under the aegis of British artistic director Richard Williams. With its “In All Languages" adage running through the six-day program as red thread, the festival still had promising ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello


Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills. In the 21st century there are countless ...

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Mn'JAM experiment: Live with a Boom

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Can computers be programmed to improvise? That's just one of the questions you'll consider in response to Live with a Boom, the first multimedia presentation by Melissa Oliveira and João Artur Moreira (JAM) with other like-minded colleagues in the Mn'JAM experiment. You can trace the modern, global (perhaps post-modern, post-global) sound of Oliveira's ensemble ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Sometimes Jazz Takes Guts

Read "Sometimes Jazz Takes Guts" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Brownout Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath II Ubiquity Records 2016 Brownout bandleader and guitarist Adrian Quesada listened to a lot of different music, including blood-curdling heavy metal monsters Black Sabbath, while growing up in South Texas. Even while creating original music more reflective of their Mexican and American funk, ...


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