As a jazz-saxophone player he gave over 2000 concerts around the world, played on more than 25 CDs and DVDs. Last year Alexander gave over 50 concerts worldwide and he was the leader of three international jazzexpeditions to Thailand, Spain and India. Each year he performs on international tours in India, Thailand, Russia, Spain. Apart from that he is the creative heart of Amersfoort Jazz, Leusden Jazz and the Samui Latin & Jazz week.The international press wrote: 'One of the very few tenor heroes of this moment'.
As an entrepreneur he also made a success of his career.As a teacher he is active in the fields of musicmanagement and artistmanagement. He is head-teacher at the Fontys Rockacademie in Tilburg and director of the Institute for Music Management Education and Research.
Judith Nijland grew up among the farms in the Dutch countryside and began her musical career by singing during her long bike rides to school. She studied classical piano and moved to the west coast of Holland where she graduated in Greek and Latin languages. During this study she became acquainted with jazz music and the first band with which she performed was a Big band.
After her graduation, Judith decided to follow her heart into the music. She studied jazz singing at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and began immediately to follow her own path in this field. She sung during this time in various jazz and pop bands, in and outside the Netherlands and performed on stage with many famous jazzartists.
After completing her study at the conservatory, Judith started writing her own compositions in which the emphasis lies in the combination of various styles of music with her own distinct style. With a freshness of her generation, her songs sound familiar and surprising at the same time. Her style varies from swinging jazz standards to jazzy pop songs and beautiful bossanovas.
Judith released five albums: The Beautiful Reality of Life (2003), Suitcase of Songs (2006), Four Zero (2011) Trav'lin' Light (2013) and A Jazz Tribute to ABBA (2016). She got great reviews, lots of airplay opn national radio and has been touring in her own country, but also played her music in New York, Londen, Switserland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, UK and Thailand.
Concert review: "Judith Nijland has a delightful, excellently trained alt (she studied at the conservatorium in the Hague) and a very pleasant lazy timing while also having the guts to take tracks to her own ends.
She scats as one of the best and her elegant appearance and the charming way she speaks at the introduction of her songs, complete the picture.
Although one can hear her with some regularity on the national radio and while she is an active member of the live-music circuit, Nijland is still busy making name.
She deserves more attention, because with her mature and original renditions, she acquired a prominent place in the Dutch jazz-scene."
(Newspaper The Stentor)
Bass player, composer and arranger, all in which Marius Beets distinguishes himself from the rest of the world. Marius is what you call a real silent power; less known to the general public but convinced jazz musician and lovers of his esteemed level of playing bass. Marius plays on point, never out of tone nether out of sync and is the absolute most reliable player in the band and always with a sturdy face.
At age 14 Marius picked up electric bass-guitar, switching that for double bass at the start of studying jazz at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, finally graduating there with honours. Marius is best known from the Beets Brothers, the Houdini’s and the Rein de Graaff trio but with de Marius Beets Powerhouse Big Band he set his name as band leader and arranger.
Marius shared the stage with numerous jazz-celebretiess as James Moody, Bud Shank, Johnny Griffin and recorded with Herb Geller, Dave Liebman, Ronnie Cuber and Jeff Hamilton. Marius also worked with singers like Rita Reys, Greetje Kauffeld, Trijntje Oosterhuis and Deborah Brown and played in several big-bands: The Skymasters, The Metropole Orchestra and The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. He wrote pieces for the Houdini's, the Beets Brothers, Dungen/Hoogendijk quintet, Lotz of Music, Rein de Graaff, the Eric Ineke JazzXpress and others. He also made orchestrations for Deborah Brown, Trijntje Oosterhuis and Bobby McFerrin, and for large classical- and jazz ensembles like Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Residentie Orkest and Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw.
From 1999 on Marius is a member of the teaching staff of the Codarts Jazz-academy Rotterdam.
Edgar van Asselt
Edgar van Asselt graduated in 1997 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he was a student of Rob Kreeveld and Frans Elsen. When he was still in the conservatory, he was already playing with seasoned musicians as Ack van Rooijen, Benjamin Herman and Eef Albers. His first quintet ‘Major League’ featured horn players Ruud Breuls and Miguel Martinez, playing his original compositions. Their first CD ‘Checkin the Vibes’ was received enthousiastically by both critics and audience. During a stay in New York, he met saxophonist David Schnitter, a former member of Art Blakey's legendary Jazz Messengers. He formed a quartet with him and recorded two Cd’s ‘Penpals’ and ‘A Smooth Journey’. The band toured six times and in 2004 they played at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
In 2005, Van Asselt was invited by the quintet ‘Tango Extremo’ for a European tour with grammy-winner Gustavo Mozzi and percussionist Fucunda Guevara. From 2005-2010 he was a regular member of the ‘Young Sinatras’, a popular bigband, with whom he played in Holland and abroad. He also played in the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, Bob and Chuck Findley and has toured with Philip Harper.
Van Asselt is also a composer and arranger. His compositions ‘Waltz for Wayne’ and ‘Themesong’ reached the finals of the International Songwriting Competition in 2005. His composition ‘And So They Say’ is played weekly on Dutch radio, in the ‘Ekstra Weekend’ show on 3FM.
In 2011 Van Asselt founded World Town Music, a foundation that brings together musicians from different continents. In addition, World TownMusic offers workshops and master classes to offer musicians inspiration and to enhance musical development.
Peter Beets is one of the most recognized piano giants of our time. He is worldwide acclaimed and praised and his star keeps on rising, while his creativity keeps increasing. In varying musical activities, from the accompaniment of ‘first lady of jazz’ Rita Reys or guests of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw to latin-jazz and his timeless arrangements of classical music, Beets’ personality and signature are always unmistakably audible. Among his many through the years received awards are the Edison (Dutch Grammy, 2010), the Prix Martial Solal (1998) and the Pall Mall Export Swing Award (1988). In spite of his relatively young age, Beets made a substantial number of impressive recordings, most notably 7 CD’s for the renowned Criss Cross label, recorded in New York.
Gijs Dijkhuizen started playing music at the age of six, classical piano and later also cello. He graduated at the conservatory of Amsterdam, where he studied from 1994 until 1999. His teachers were Gerhard Jeltes, Marcel Serierse and Cees Kranenburg.
His main influences are Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Philly Joe Jones. In 2001 he followed a jazz course in New York with “The B&W Quintet”.
In his professional career Gijs Dijkhuizen played with many different groups like:
Ruud Jacobs Quintet, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Peter Beets Trio, , Sjoerd Dijkhuizen Quartet, The Hague All Stars, The Reeds, The Erik Doelman Quartet and many more. With them he played in countries like Germany, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Italy, India, Denmark, Spain, Japan and Russia.
Gijs Dijkhuizen his main performances were with Benny Golson and the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and a long tour with Dr. Lonnie Smith in 2007 in Europe.
He also did concerts with various artists like: Michael Brecker, Georgie Fame, Deborah Brown, Herb Geller, Ferdinand Povel, Rita Reys, Jesse van Ruller, Bob Malach, Rein de Graaff, Benjamin Herman, Martijn van Iterson, Henk Meutgeert, Marius Beets, Ben van den Dungen.