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Tineke Postma in 2007


31-08-1978 - current


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Tineke Postma

Tineke Postma (Heerenveen, 31 August 1978) is the most successful Dutch female saxophonist after Candy Dulfer. Even before graduating with honors from the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2003 she releases her debut album First Avenue, wins several prizes and gains international recognition. By now she is known from New York to ...
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Biography Tineke Postma

Tineke Postma (Heerenveen, 31 August 1978) is the most successful Dutch female saxophonist after Candy Dulfer. Even before graduating with honors from the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2003 she releases her debut album First Avenue, wins several prizes and gains international recognition. By now she is known from New York to Tokyo. Postma has a preference for acoustic jazz. Wayne Shorter, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane and Miles Davis are her idols.


When Candy Dulfer comes to perform in Postma's home town Heerenveen, fourteen year old Tineke goes up to Miss Dulfer before the concert, and asks if she can play along. The girl has only been taking saxophone lessons for three years, but Dulfer has her join in during the encore. In an interview with newspaper Het Parool Postma says: 'It must have sounded awful, because at the time I had only been taking a few lessons in improvisation. Candy was really sweet. She kept an eye on me all evening. She was only short of doing my make-up.'

Candy Dulfer

1996 - 2002

By way of the Heerenveen brass band and the Big Band Friesland Postma finds her way to the conservatories in Zwolle and later in Amsterdam. She receives two scholarships to study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she is taught by Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman and Chris Potter. In the Netherlands she starts the Tineke Postma Quartet, featuring Marc van Roon on piano, Frans van der Hoeven on bass and Martijn Vink on drums. She wins the first prize at the Singer Laren Jazz Award for talented young Dutch jazz musicians. According to the jury Postma is 'an exceptionally original musician who writes great compositions and arrangements'.

Frans van der Hoeven Marc van Roon Martijn Vink


Postma releases her debut album First Avenue before graduating with honors from the Amsterdam Conservatory. She is immediately recognized as an exceptional talent both at home and abroad. She is awarded the Sisters in Jazz All Star Award and is asked to join the international tour of the Sisters in Jazz project. She plays with the Sisters in Jazz All Stars led by Terri Lyne Carrington at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in Washington, the convention of the International Association of Jazz Educators in Long Beach (California), the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz Vienne (France) and Umbria Jazz (Italy). In her own country Postma performs in theaters with the singers Fleurine (Tribute to Duke Ellington) and Anne Chris.

Anne Chris


The Tineke Postma Quartet performs at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and at international festivals. She is the winner of the Heijmans Award at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival.


Postma's second CD, For the Rhythm, featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, is released and stays for three weeks in the top-20 of the American radio Jazz Week Chart. Over 250 radio stations play the album. Postma joins the Billie And Me tour of the States. Together with famous musicians like Terri Lyne Carrington, James Genus, Mitchell Foreman, Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson and Joan Osborne they pay homage to Billie Holiday. They perform in Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington and other places around the country. Postma also starts teaching at the Amsterdam Conservatory in the same year. With her quintet she records a live concert, which is released on DVD. She does her first tour of Japan.


Postma is awarded the MIDEM International Jazz Revelation of the Year Award. The award is presented to her on 27 May 2006 during the French TV gala Victoires du Jazz in Deauville. She does a Dutch theater tour with singer Fleurine, and plays as a guest soloist on a CD by New York singer Chris McNulty.


Tineke Postma in 2007 In June Postma's third CD, A Journey That Matters, is released. This album gets favorable reviews both at home and abroad. The American jazz magazine Downbeat awards the record four stars. Postma visits Japan again, and plays at the Yokohama Jazz Festival and in the Tokyo jazzclubs Body and Soul and Someday. On 26 November 2007 she receives the Langs de Lijn Award.


In January Postma plays in the London Pizza Express. She gets rave reviews for her performance and for the album A Journey That Matters. Further engagements take her to Jakarta, New York, Paris, Glasgow, Berlin, Gent, Hanoi, and festivals in Norway and Finland. Postma is featured as a guest soloist with the Terri Lyne Carrington Group at the Hildener Jazztage in Germany, at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat (Israel), and at the Luxembourg Jazz Festival. At the initiative of the Jazzimpuls agency Postma does a Dutch theater tour with the Turkish singer Esra Dalfidan.


Postma assembles a group of American top musicians like pianist Geri Allen, drummer Teri Lyne Carrington and bassist Scott Colley. With this Tineke Postma International Quartet the saxophonist records the CD The Traveler in the Systems Two Studio in Brooklyn in February. The album is presented at the North Sea Jazz Festival. The quartet also performs at the London Barbican Hall. The CD is released in the Benelux, Japan, Germany, and in January 2010 also in the rest of Europe and America on the new EtceteraNOW label (distributed by Codaex). Postma is asked to join bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding's group. They perform at the Amsterdam Bimhuis, at the North Sea Jazz Festival and in Carnegie Hall, New York. Tineke Postma is the only European artist to appear in the prestigious television program Icons Among Us: Jazz In The Present Tense; Everything Everywhere, which airs in the States in May. She wins the French Antibes de Jazz Juan Revelations Award 2009, presented at the Antibes/Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival. She also manages to win the audience prize. In September Postma's quartet performs at the Tokyo Jazz Festival and at the Dutch Jazz Garden in Japan. She gives concerts in Spain, Mexico, France and Germany. Postma is featured in the artists' roster of the International Music Network (IMN), one of the most renowned booking agencies in the United States, representing famous jazz musicians like Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau and Dianne Reeves. Tineke Postma is the first European artist to be represented by IMN worldwide.


In April she presents her new album The Dawn Of Light at the Amsterdam Bimhuis. She is part of the revised line-up of Pili Pili, the band of keyboard player Jasper van 't Hof, and she is featured on the album Ukuna Noma Unkungabi. She appears also as guest on the cd It's Personal by Brown Hill. In October an Edison is rewarded to The Dawn Of Light.

Jasper van 't Hof

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