Jasper Somsen Invites
In 2015 organiseren Jazz In Wageningen en Loburg-Live een serie concerten op donderdag-avond. Onze eigen Jasper Somsen nodigt op 7 donderdagavonden de beste jazz-musici uit Nederland uit om op het podium een muzikale uitdaging aan te gaan. Van 20.30-22.00u. Entree is gratis.
Her debut album and sold out performances in Europe and South-America have been drawing the attention of the jazz media worldwide. Jazz critics and jazz musicians consider her to be one of the most promising singers in the European Jazz scene. The Portuguese vocalist, awarded with significant international jazz vocal prizes is remarkable for her crystal clear voice, creative and exciting phrasing and outstanding vocal virtuosity.
Recently the Portuguese jazz vocalist got invited for a concert at the famous BLUE NOTE Jazz Club in New York City. This makes Maria Mendes the first Portuguese singer ever performing on such emblematic jazz venue as Blue Note Jazz Club. Maria comes from a dynasty of Portuguese musicians and is educated a Jazz vocalist in Porto, Brussels, and Rotterdam. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the richness of the classical music, the Bossa Nova’s gentle grooves and the American jazz classics of the early 50s.
Born in Porto (Portugal) and living in Rotterdam (Netherlands) since 2007, it was during her master thesis at Rotterdam’s Codarts university that Maria sought to explore her passion for Jazz and discover her connection with the Bossa Nova. These studies have given her the perfect conditions for the achievement on her uniqueness in style. This is probably what led the international press to classify the sound of Maria Mendes’s debut album as an “Exotic jazz with a Portuguese nostalgia”. Her debut album “Along the Road” has been released worldwide in May 2012 by the New York based jazz label, Dot Time Records. With the international release tour of “Along the Road” Maria has achieved a loyally following audience in each country she performs.
He started his carreer in the Dutch Jazz scene at an early age. His first albums with the Toon Roos Quartet and Batida where a direct success in The Netherlands and Japan. His European Jazz Trio toured frequently in Japan since 1989. In this period Boehlee’s name grew in the international Jazz scene, being the regular European pianist with Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine and Gino Vanelli. He performed and/or recorded with a.o. Wynton Marsalis, Peter Erskine, Woody Shaw, Roberta Gambarini and the Dutch Jazz prominents: Trijntje Oosterhuis, Benjamin Herman, Toon Roos, Ferdinand Povel and Jesse van Ruller. He is appointed as a teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.