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JORIS ROELOFS

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Joris Roelofs

Period

21-02-1984 - current

Genre

basklarinet, cool jazz, fluit, jazz, klarinet, saxofoon

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Joris Roelofs

When Joris Roelofs (Aix-en-Provence, 21 February 1984) is in the fifth form of the Amsterdam Barlaeus gymnasium (grammar school), he applies to the preparatory training stage of Amsterdam conservatory. He is accepted, and receives saxophone lessons by Albert Beltman and Ferdinand Povel. During his studies as a major he receives ...
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Instruments

basklarinet, fluit, klarinet, saxofoon

Mentioned in the biography of

2000   Joris Teepe
2010   Jesse van Ruller

Biography Joris Roelofs

When Joris Roelofs (Aix-en-Provence, 21 February 1984) is in the fifth form of the Amsterdam Barlaeus gymnasium (grammar school), he applies to the preparatory training stage of Amsterdam conservatory. He is accepted, and receives saxophone lessons by Albert Beltman and Ferdinand Povel. During his studies as a major he receives so many invitations, for guest spots with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Vienna Art Orchestra and the New Cool Collective, that he hardly gets around to studying. In January 2004 Joris Roelofs receives a grant which allows him to study in New York with the saxophonists Chris Potter, Seamus Blake and Mark Turner for six weeks. In 2007 he finds the time to graduate with honors.

Played in

Chambertones trio   klarinet, saxofoon

1999

Roelofs plays with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw for the first time, and a larger audience gets to meet the prodigy. Jazz critic Jeroen de Valk writes in Het Parool: 'If you go to the Bimhuis tomorrow, you can tell everyone for the rest of your life that you were there when a huge talent made his debut on the concert stage. We're talking about Joris Roelofs, a fifteen year old youngster who plays the alto saxophone as if he were fifty.'

2000

He plays the clarinet solo in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Orkest van het Oosten, conducted by Jaap van Zweden. He makes his debut as a soloist with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.

2001

Joris Roelofs regularly plays in Dutch jazzclubs with drummer Flin van Hemmen and bassist Clemens van der Feen.

2003

Roelofs is the first non-American to receive the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship, an award issued by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. The NFAA supports young and talented artists in the performing arts, literature and visual arts. He is invited to play with the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown All Stars, a band of contemporaries with which he makes his debut in Toronto. In an interview Roelofs had this to say about it: 'It was fantastic being in Toronto, in this huge Constitution Hall, with drummer Elvin Jones sitting in the first row.'

2004

Twenty year old saxophonist/clarinetist Roelofs is awarded the Deloitte Jazz Award. The chairman of the jury, Peter Krom, calls Joris Roelofs a lyrical and swinging player, who has acquainted himself well with the tradition, and manages to combine this tastefully with contemporary influences. As a result of receiving the award Roelofs is allowed to play with pianist Chick Corea at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In the same year Roelofs is awarded a government grant which allows him to study in New York with the saxophonists Chris Potter, Seamus Blake and Mark Turner for six weeks.

2005

Roelofs is asked to join Matthias Ruegg's prestigious Vienna Art Orchestra.

2007

He forms the Joris Roelofs Trio, with Jesse van Ruller on guitar and Clemens van der Feen on double bass. Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel proposes Roelofs to record a CD for his label Material Records. The saxophonist has already collected some of his own recordings, but they are no longer representative. At Muthspiel's instigation he goes into a New York studio with an American band, consisting of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Ari Hoenig. For the album Introducing Joris Roelofs… he records three of his own compositions, as well as pieces by Dave Holland and Aaron Goldberg, plus the ballads I Fall In Love Too Easily and Skylark.

2008

The CD Introducing Joris Roelofs… is released in October. It receives unanimously favorable reviews. Roelofs does a European presentation tour for the album, with bassist Johannes Weidenmüller replacing Matt Penman. Besides touring with his own quartet Roelofs occasionally comes over from New York to improvise on works by Debussy with the Ensemble à l' Improviste (featuring saxophonist Jasper Blom, pianist Kris Goessens, bassist Clemens van der Feen and drummer Joost Lijbaart). In addition to all of this he also performs with the Joris Roelofs Trio.

2009

From the month of May onwards Roelofs is again a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra, which is no longer a big band, but a chamber orchestra with three jazz soloists. Roelofs plays clarinet, alto sax and bass clarinet with the ensemble. He tours Europe with Reginald Veal on bass, Aaron Goldberg on piano and Greg Hutchinson on drums. The Joris Roelofs Trio goes into the studio to record an album, and is looking for a record company to release it.

2011

In September the album Live At The Bimhuis is released, recorded in November 2010 in Amsterdam. At the same time he announces he is preparing a tour with a new trio featuring New Yorkers Mat Penman (double bass) and Ted Poor (drums).

Discography Joris Roelofs

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