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ADO BROODBOOM

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Period

14-11-1922 - current

Genre

accordeon, bebop, jazz, swing, trompet

Ado Broodboom

From 1937 until approximately 1980 Ado Broodboom (Amsterdam, 14 November 1922) is active as a trumpeter in many combos and big bands. In 1941 he graduates from the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he has studied classical trumpet with Marinus Komst. It isn't until the end of WW II that he can ...
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accordeon, trompet

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1940   Red Debroy
1946   Kid Dynamite
1946   Piet van Dijk (1)
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Biography Ado Broodboom

From 1937 until approximately 1980 Ado Broodboom (Amsterdam, 14 November 1922) is active as a trumpeter in many combos and big bands. In 1941 he graduates from the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he has studied classical trumpet with Marinus Komst. It isn't until the end of WW II that he can start out as a jazz musician. He plays with The Grasshoppers, in Piet van Dijk's orchestra, with the American drummer Wallace Bishop and with tenor saxophonist Kid Dynamite. Under the pseudonym Ado Moreno he forms a combo of his own, with which he tours Sweden. Later Broodboom plays in The Ramblers, Boy's Big Band and the VARA Dansorkest (Dance band) for many years. The readers of jazz magazine Rhythme elect him as best trumpeter for three years in a row – in 1958, 1959 and 1960. Oddly enough he will never record as a leader. He remains an in demand session musician and a featured soloist, especially on muted trumpet. Broodboom records with Herbie Mann, drummer Wessel Ilcken, pianist Ger van Leeuwen, The Ramblers and Boy's Big Band.

1938 - 1941

Training at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Marinus Komst.

1941 - 1945

As a trumpeter and accordionist Ado Broodboom performs with dance bands, including the Micro Rhythme Club (later known as Louis van der Steen en zijn Solisten). In May 1943 singer Melly Sudy (stage name for Petronella Cornelia Sudmeijer) joins the group. A year later the trumpeter and the singer marry.

1946 - 1947

Ado Broodboom plays trumpet with The Grasshoppers (led by Cor Peperzeel a.k.a. Cor Perez), and tours Spain and Switzerland with this band. Melly Sudy is the singer. The venues they play at are extremely varied: in Spain The Grasshoppers play in prestigious clubs in Madrid and Barcelona, but also in bull fighting arenas.

1947 - 1951

Back in the Netherlands Broodboom plays with Kid Dynamite in the Amsterdam venue the Copacabana for several months, and joins Piet van Dijk's orchestra in 1948. Here he befriends drummer Wessel Ilcken and singer Rita Reys. The orchestra undertakes various trips abroad, including a tour of North Africa. Later he also performs and records with Wessel Ilcken. Years later Broodboom has this to say about the drummer: 'Wes gave me my first great break. […] Because of Wes I made it in the Netherlands.'

Kid Dynamite Rita Reys Wessel Ilcken

1951 - 1952

Ado Broodboom joins the American drummer Wally Bishop's combo. The other members are: Rob Pronk (piano; sometimes replaced by Rob Madna), Eddie de Haas a.k.a. Eddy O'Hare (bass) and Sandy Mosse (an American tenor saxophonist). Wally Bishop's International Combo first performs at the Tabaris in The Hague, later the quintet is engaged at the Amsterdam club Sheherazade. On 22 March 1952 the American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie makes his first appearance in the Netherlands: in the evening he plays at the Scheveningen Kurhaus, followed by a night concert at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The support band is The Black & White Stars consisting of Ado Broodboom (trumpet), Kid Dynamite (tenor sax), Boy Edgar (piano), Tony van Hulst (bass) and George Martens (drums). Dizzy Gillespie is accompanied by Wally Bishop's combo, featuring Claude Dunson on trumpet, instead of Broodboom. Gillespie and Broodboom eventually play together in an after hours jam session.

Boy Edgar Eddie de Haas Rob Pronk (1)

1952 - 1956

Ado Broodboom plays in tenor saxophonist Kid Dynamite's quartet at the Amsterdam club Casablanca. The other members are Arie Roos (piano) and Gijs van Beek (drums). In 1953 he tours Sweden with Kid Dynamite. The Swedish jazz scene agrees with him so well that he soon revisits the country. Adopting the stage name Ado Moreno Broodboom forms his own combo, featuring Rob Madna (piano), Dick Bezemer (bass), Sandy Mosse (tenor sax), Herman Schoonderwalt (alto sax) and Cees See (drums). After a gig in Rotterdam in April 1954 (the only concert in the Netherlands during that year), Ado Moreno's Jazz Group successfully tours Sweden.

Cees See Dick Bezemer Herman Schoonderwalt

1956 - 1960

A fertile period for Ado Broodboom. In November 1956 he records his first album, with the American flutist and tenorist Herbie Mann plus the Wessel Ilcken Combo. The following year he receives his first radio engagement with Ger van Leeuwen's quintet, and he joins The Ramblers. Its leader Theo Uden Masman is very pleased with his latest addition to the band. In an article in Rhythme magazine he says: 'Ado has his own unique sound, and his improvisations are downright marvelous.' In 1958 Ado Broodboom tops the readers' poll of Rhythme magazine on trumpet (and in 1959 and 1960 he manages to win the poll once again) In 1958 the readers of the monthly Muziekparade also put him on the top of their lists. In the same year he records an album with the American tenorist Lucky Thompson, and an LP and EP with Ger van Leeuwen's orchestra (a.k.a. Van Lion And His Big Band). Rhythme reviews Ger van Leeuwen's EP Three Dimensional Dance Date favorably, and praises Ado Broodboom's contributions in particular: 'With his five trumpets, four trombones, five saxes, three piece rhythm section, and in some pieces vibraphone and timbales […] Van Leeuwen has come up with a well-nigh incredible result: Three Dimensional Dance Date. The sublime section work would even make someone like Les Brown jealous, with colorful and clever arrangements – and including outstanding solos by trumpeter Ado Broodboom, among others.' In the period 1958-1960 the VARA broadcasting company airs a bi-weekly music program: Romance In Jazz. Leader and arranger of the project is Theo Loevendie, who tries to achieve a crossover between jazz and classical music. Other participating musicians beside Ado Broodboom are: Sem Nijveen (violin), Rita Reys (vocals), Pim Jacobs (piano), Ruud Jacobs (bass), Cees Verschoor (clarinet, alto sax and bass clarinet) and Cees See (drums).

Ger van Leeuwen Theo Loevendie Theo Uden Masman The Ramblers

1960

Ado Broodboom assembles a big band around The Diamond Five's musicians for a one-off performance at the Concertgebouw (organized by newspaper Het Vrije Volk) and asks his old friend Boy Edgar to be its arranger and leader. He himself plays trumpet in the band. The concert turns out to be such a success that the VARA engages the orchestra for regular radio broadcasts: Boy's Big Band is born.

Boy's Big Band

1961 - 1971

In the summer of 1965 Ado Broodboom performs at the Antibes Jazz Festival with Boy's Big Band. At the end of the year the orchestra's debut album is released: Now's The Time. The LP is reviewed favorably by the press. Jazzwereld magazine picks the album as Record of the Month for March 1966; reviewer Bert Vuijsje writes: 'Within a Dutch context Now's The Time goes unrivalled.' In 1966 Boy's Big Band successfully performs at the Holland Festival, with guest performances by Abbey Lincoln and Ben Webster. Critic Michiel de Ruyter writes a rave review for newspaper Het Parool: 'Silences charged with suspense, sound explosions, a great variety in sounds and rhythms. […] This was a feast, a marvelous feast. […] We should be grateful to Boy Edgar, initiator and motor behind all of this.' In 1967 Boy's Big Band's second album is released, Finch Eye; it receives an Edison (Dutch Grammy).

1971 - 1980

In 1964 VARA disbands The Ramblers, and continues with the VARA Dansorkest. Ado Broodboom makes the transition, but when Jack Bulterman and Marcel Thielemans revive The Ramblers in 1974, he is one of the returning members. In the spring of 1974 Broodboom performs with Boy Edgar, singer Gerrie van der Klei and others in Carnegie Hall at a celebration of Duke Ellington's 75th birthday. The following year he is featured on Edgar's homage to Ellington, the LP Duke Ellington: Music Was His Mistress. Around 1980 Broodboom decides to end his musical career. In an interview with Herman te Loo for Jazz Bulletin he has this to say about it: 'A good musician should be able to run the 100 meters in so many seconds. If he can't do this anymore, he should take up something else. For me it was all or nothing at all. And whether I played with Boy Edgar, or the Zangeres Zonder Naam (a popular Dutch singer), I always gave one hundred percent. [...] I always played with emotion, especially when I improvised.'

Jack Bulterman

Discography Ado Broodboom

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