Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

THE FIRST LADY OF SONG Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible,...

Read more
Buddy Rich Big Band

Buddy Rich Big Band

THE GREATEST JAZZ DRUMMER OF ALL TIME Arguably the greatest jazz drummer of all time, the legendary Buddy Rich exhibited his love for music through the dedication of his life to the art. His was a career that spanned seven decades,...

Read more
Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon had such a colorful and eventful life (with three separate comebacks) that his story would make a great Hollywood movie. The top tenor saxophonist to emerge during the bop era and possessor of his own distinctive sound,...

Read more
Eric Vloeimans

Eric Vloeimans

Eric Vloeimans has been active in a wide variety of ensembles all over the years and has toured throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. His acoustic ‘chamber/jazz’ 'Fugimundi' trio, featuring the surprising Anton Goudsmit on guitar...

Read more
Yuri Honing

Yuri Honing

IS SOMETHING ELSE Though definitely a jazzman, Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing reaches much further. From working with Dutch improviser Misha Mengelberg, Lebanese singer Rima Khcheich through stints with people like Pat Metheny and...

Read more
Michiel Borstlap

Michiel Borstlap

Michiel Borstlap is one of the most interesting phenomena in contemporary music: he combines massive musical talent, a lively manner on stage and an outstanding gift for composition and improvisation with a deep interest in...

Read more
Jan Akkerman

Jan Akkerman

Dutch guitar player Jan Akkerman (1946) did almost anything a musician could possibly do. He worked with many different musicians like BB King, Charlie Byrd, Cozy Powell, Claus Ogerman and Ice-T, besides being a former member of...

Read more
Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. Most noted for his trademark "swollen cheeks", Gillespie admitted to copying the style of trumpeter Roy Eldridge early in his...

Read more
Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter

Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter is one of the great architects of jazz, and a man whose influence will be felt by musicians and music fans for generations to come. As fellow jazz great Herbie Hancock puts it: "Wayne Shorter has...

Read more
Miles Davis

Miles Davis

Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s. He played on various early bebop records and...

Read more