Trumpeter Gerard Kleijn (Wormerveer, 25 August 1964) and saxophonist Dick de Graaf (Nijkerk, 17 November 1954) start the Clazz Ensemble in 2007 to bridge the gap between jazz and (contemporary) composition. The small big band line-up therefore features musicians from both worlds. The musical directors also ask composers from ...
Charles Biggs trompet
Frank Anepool trompet
Vincent Veneman trombone
Koen Kaptijn trombone
Paul van der Feen altsaxofoon, klarinet
Arno Bornkamp sopraansaxofoon, tenorsaxofoon
Nils van Haften baritonsaxofoon, basklarinet, tenorsaxofoon
Kris Goessens piano
Guus Bakker contrabas
Joost Kesselaar drums
Michael Moore altsaxofoon, klarinet
Paul Berner basgitaar, contrabas
Ilja Reijngoud trombone
Martijn de Laat trompet
André Pet trombone
Dick de Graaf fluit, sopraansaxofoon, tenorsaxofoon
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Biography Clazz Ensemble
Trumpeter Gerard Kleijn (Wormerveer, 25 August 1964) and saxophonist Dick de Graaf (Nijkerk, 17 November 1954) start the Clazz Ensemble in 2007 to bridge the gap between jazz and (contemporary) composition. The small big band line-up therefore features musicians from both worlds. The musical directors also ask composers from both sectors to write repertoire for the group. Their first project, Avonturen (Adventures), is registered on CD in 2009.
Trumpeter Gerard Kleijn and saxophonist Dick de Graaf, both jazz musicians themselves, found the Clazz Ensemble. Its name derives from the contraction of 'classical' and 'jazz'. They carefully select the members of the small big band from musicians working in the jazz or contemporary music worlds – or sometimes both.
For their first project, Avonturen, Kleijn and De Graaf commission works from composers from the contemporary music scene (David Dramm, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Marco C. de Bruin, Maud Sauer) and from jazz and improvised music (Frank Carlberg, Niko Langenhuijsen, Michael Moore, Ilja Reijngoud, Dick de Graaf, Ig Henneman and Arend Niks). The orchestra can be heard regularly in their own concert series in the Amsterdam Bethaniënklooster (which also features kindred groups). The group also tours the rest of the Netherlands. In January 2009 the Clazz Ensemble performs at the Amsterdam Bimhuis, where Chris Weeda records their debut album: Adventures – Live at the Bimhuis.
2009 – 2011
This period will feature a project with Finnish born American composer-pianist Frank Carlberg. The Clazz Ensemble will perform works written especially for them by Carlberg, and also works by his student Nicholas Urie and George Russell (1923-2009), an American jazz composer he greatly admires.
Composer Jacob ter Veldhuis will engage in a project with the Clazz Ensemble, entitled His Master's Choice, in which the human voice takes up central stage. Besides works by Ter Veldhuis himself (both existing works and new compositions) the band will perform compositions by Guus Janssen (featuring new poetry by Tonnus Oosterhoff), Martin Fondse (based on poetry by Brazilian poet Vincius de Moraes), and Marco C. de Bruin (in which Quincy Jones's voice can be heard, in a speech about Michael Jackson, delivered shortly after the latter's death).
Discography Clazz Ensemble
Adventures - Live at the Bimhuis
|Type and year||CD, 2008|
|Label||Clazz Music, 9789081407113|
|Type and year||CD, 2010|
|Label||Zefir Records, ZEF 9621|
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