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Saskia Laroo


Saskia Laroo (1959) was hailed by American public and press at large as “Lady Miles of Europe”. She is one of the few women trumpet stylists and a delight on the music scene for almost four decades.

Born July 31, 1959 in Amsterdam, it began for her on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming herself becoming a professional musician.

That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in Mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, primarily on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet. Saskia Laroo combines today’s music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as “nu jazz” or “swingin’ body-music”–a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae, and world, that a select few others would dare venture.


Article: Album Review

Emma-Jean Thackray: Yellow

Read "Yellow" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Many of the most prominent exponents of melding jazz with soul, funk and hip-hop have been trumpeters. Even in the late 1970s, Chuck Mangione was already taking soul-jazz and moving it further into an R&B orbit (and taking heat from jazz purists for supposedly “selling out"), and in so doing exposing lots of pop fans to ...



Label: Laroo Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1 If Ye Feel It And Ya With It 4:49 2 Sounds Of A Trumpet 4:26 3 It's Like Jazz 5:18 4 Poocee (The Black & White Monster) 5:08 5 Jazzparty 3:19 6 Drop That Horn 3:13 7 Where're You Going M'am 5:46 8 Sunday Afternoon 4:12 9 Hipfunk D 4:09 10 Ya Know How We Do 5:38 11 If Ye Got It Ye Get It 6:09 12 Jazzparty (Reprise)


Live in Zimbabwe (Saskia Laroo Band)

Label: Laroo Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1 Ya know intro 2 Ya know how we Do 3 JazznJamz 4 China Swing 5 Courtesy to Coltrane 6 Night Garden 7 Jazz Party 8 Africa Dancin' 9 Supagroova 10 Bebe 11 Africa Dancin'


Trumpets Around The World

Label: Laroo Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1. From Scratch 2. Prepare & Beware 3. Downtown in the City 4. Groovin' Hard 5. Down by the River 6. Bring It Back 7. Hartford is My Home 8. Amsterdam Reggae (This is the) 9. Movin' & Groovin'


Article: Bailey's Bundles

Girl Talk: Saxophonists Nicole Glover and Kirsten Edkins

Read "Girl Talk:  Saxophonists Nicole Glover and Kirsten Edkins" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The universe of horn players ceased being a “boys club" about thirty years ago. Women have taken commanding roles in both the trumpet (Carol Morgan, Ingrid Jensen, Saskia Laroo) and saxophone (Sharel Cassity, Alisha Pattillo, Nancy Wright, Virginia Mayhew, Pattie Cossentino, Jane Ira Bloom, Claire Daly). Add to these lists two new names, Nicole Glover and ...


Article: Live Review

Saskia Laroo Band at Cotton Club

Read "Saskia Laroo Band at Cotton Club" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Saskia Laroo Band Cotton Club Amsterdam, Netherlands October 18, 2014 jny: Amsterdam's Saskia Laroo is one of the many hard working, far traveling players who make jazz, indeed, a global village. Laroo's afternoon gig at a venerable, center city pub took place during the Amsterdam Dance Event, a huge ...


Article: Album Review

Anne Vanschothorst: EK IS EIK

Read "EK IS EIK" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dutch harpist Anne Vanschothorst is pretty clear about her omnivorous attitude toward composition. Her interest is using the harp to provide texture as well and harmony and melody to her compositions. She excels as a solo performer and one in concert with other instruments, for example, her opening composition “Where's Mo?" is a tacit duet with ...


News: Award / Grant

Russian Guitarist Has Won The 1st Prize Of The 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition

Russian Guitarist Has Won The 1st Prize Of The 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition

Guitarist, composer and bandleader Roman Miroshnichenko has won the 1st prize at the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition in the “Instrumental" category for his composition “Desperation" which appears on his latest album Surreal. The USA Songwriting Competition, the world's leading international songwriting event honors songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists. Winners were selected by a Blue ...


News: Recording

"Two of a Kind" CD by Duo Laroo/Byrd

Saskia Laroo—trumpet, upright bass; Warren Byrd—piano, vocals, bongo Brand new project and another change of pace from our Dutch jazz diva from the Netherlands, teaming as two with her amazing melifluous trumpet vis a vis Monk-master Warren Byrd pianist/composer/vocalist for a Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk tribute. The duo's tours through Brazil, Hong Kong, Thailand, Netherlands, ...


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