When I was visiting New York last January, I got to catch a concert of Jeremy Manasia. Such nice surprise! I first met him back in the time he was studying in The Hague about fifteen years ago. We all really looked up to him because of his nice playing. His concert in Smalls this year was flabbergasting, it really got to me. Later in the week we drank some coffees and talked about him coming to Holland for a little tour.
So here we are: May 2013 Jeremy’s coming to The Netherlands. First gigs are booked, more to come. Jeremy sent me some charts so we can make a little demo recording (without him, but with another amazing pianist: Bob Wijnen). I’m laying hands on a new composition and thinking of a nice arrangement of another. Plenty of work to be done!
But I don’t mind working hard, especially when you have a band as nice as this one. The line-up will be as following:
- Ellister van der Molen – trumpet and flugelhorn
- Ack van Rooyen – flugelhorn (on some of the gigs)
- Jeremy Manasia – piano
- Jos Machtel – bass
- Matthias DeWaele – drums
For those of you who read dutch: I wrote a little text about the project here.
Now back to work!