The music of Gerry Mulligan / Art Farmer Quartet

From 1952 on Gerry Mulligan has been experimenting with pianoless quartets. He believed omitting the piano would make the band to sound tighter. The best known recordings of this setup are those with Chet Baker, but Mulligan did the same trick with several West Coast musicians such as Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer and Paul Desmond.

Trumpetplayer Art Farmer joined the band in 1959. The cooperation didn’t last for very long, since both players had other projects keeping them from the quartet (Mulligan founded the “Concert Jazz Band in the spring of ’60 and Farmer started the Jazztet together with tenorist Benny Golson). Fortunately they left some evidence in the form of several live recordings and a superb studio recording “What is there to say”.

Baritone player Tini Thomsen

picture by Ties Mellema

Together with baritone sax player Tini Thomsen, bassist Jos Machtel and drummer Niek de Bruijn (he just won the Erasmus Jazz Award) I’ll be paying a tribute to this band. So far we have two dates planned: May 2nd at the Regentenkamer and May 12th in Schiedam.

Triplicate Album Release Party “Call of the Wild”

November 28 7:30pm – ISS, The Hague

Triplicate’s got a very good reason to celebrate! A new group sound and repertoire consisting of more originals led us to the new album “Call of the Wild”, which will be released on November 28. This album is only for sale online, or on a unique Triplicate usb-stick which you can buy directly from us.
logo call of the wild
Of course a party like this isn’t complete without a nice concert, and the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) is willing to support us with their facilities. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the entrance fee is €10, in which a festive welcome drink and a Triplicate surprise pack are included.

We hope to see you all on this beautiful night! – ISS – Kortenaerkade 12 – The Hague – Entrance fee: €10,-

bandfoto Triplicate

picture by Piet Gispen

Oosterpoort Groningen

Announcement Rein de Graaff OosterpoortI came across this announcement and I couldn’t help feeling very proud.

I have been visiting jazz concerts since I was very young. My father used to take me to Theater Pepijn in The Hague, De Tobbe in Voorburg and Thelonious in Rotterdam to see the jazz greats of that time. There were some people that we would go to see more often than others. Like Jarmo Hoogendijk or Ferdinand Povel.

And the Rein de Graaff trio. For 25 years Rein has been organizing tours, performing with internationally renown artists. I have seen many impressive concerts throughout the years, starting from a very early age.

Now you understand why it is that I feel so proud playing with Rein. Last year we did a short tour with flutist Sam Most, and now we get to play together again! Rein is celebrating his 70th birthday and his 25 year lustrum as an organizer. Other participants will be Houston Person(!), Sylvia Droste, Benjamin Herman, Ben van Gelder, Martijn van Iterson, Marius Beets and Eric Ineke. The week after we play at the Bimhuis.

Another Dublin trip ahead

It got confirmed today: November 25th there will be a tribute concert to celebrate the music of Irish pianist and conductor Noel Kelahan, who passed away last February.
It’ll take place in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. I’m already looking forward!

Loosdrecht x 2

Titia bal

Leticia, here on marimba

Some people just get all the fun… like me! I have the joy of announcing that I’ll be performing in Loosdrecht twice coming months, first occasion being Februari 2nd with ‘Leticia y su Rumbadama. The repertoire of this all-female salsa band spans from traditional Cuban Son to a diversity of Salsa and Caribean styles such as Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, Son Montuno, Rumba, Plena, Bomba and the very danceable Merengue. It’s music made for dancing, but it can be just as much enjoyed sitting back and listening.

  • Asdrid Diaz – vocals
  • Ellister van der Molen – trumpet
  • Mick Paauwe – babybass/backing vocals
  • Lilian Jarad – piano
  • Leticia Bal – conga/footpedals/backing vocals

Three and OneThen March 22nd I’m lucky again: I play there with Triplicate plus Eric Ineke: the successful line-up  as on our cd ‘Three and One’ (iTunes / CDbaby).

Both concerts start at 8.30PM. For more information about the jazzclub, visit


October: a good beginning…

Such a wonderful start of the month! Weather as if it were summer and a nice weekend indeed. Starting with the broadcast Saturday morning on radio6 logo radio6, in which I got to tell a bit about myself and my coming projects. Listen to the stream (in dutch) at it starts at about 2h38m40s. What do you think: Maybe that’s why it was so crowded at the Jazz at the Hop festival that night in Hoorn? :)

dressing room door

Whatever the case: I had a blast with Bob Wijnen, Johnny Daly and Joost van Schaik. And such nice festival crew! Plus: I love it when I have my name written on my dressing room door :)

Sunday all Cuban musicians gathered in Amsterdam to celebrate for Jesus Hernandez’ 50th birthday. Jamming till late with great musicians. Wow!

Now for some nice gigs next month: some gigs with Triplicate, a very nice gig with the New Generation Big Band + Anton Goudsmit, CD presentation with Dim Kesber, guest appearance with Heleen Schuttevaer, little gig with Ellister 3 and a small tour with Rein de Graaff trio + Sam Most. Did I leave out something? I probably did… But wow what a month this is going to be, I’m very happy!

Some dates

27-02 Triplicate De Rustende Jager Nieuw Vennep
11-03 Zule Max De Viage Brussel
13-03 Leticia y su Rumbadama Paradox Tilburg
02-04 Triplicate Jazzpodium Waterweg Schiedam
03-04 Alice In Dixieland Jazzclub Uden

Kraaij en Balder

Jazz at the CrowOp 3 februari om 20.30 speelt Triplicate featuring Eric Ineke in Kraaij en Balder
Strijpsestraat 79
5616 GL Eindhoven

Meerjazz cafe

Zondag 27 februari 2011 om 15.30 uur, Triplicate in Hotel De Rustende Jager

Some of my Upcoming Concerts

Saturday, December 25th – Christmis Service, Zwijndrecht
Sunday, January 2nd – ‘t Goude Hooft, Den Haag
Monday, January 3rd – New Year’s Reception, Voorburg
Tuesday, January 4th -Radio Interview, Haarlem Information about the broadcast date will follow shortly
Friday, January 7th – Try Out Alice in Dixieland, Weesp
Sunday, January 9th – Try Out Alice in Dixieland, Zevenhuizen
Friday, Januari 14th to Sunday, Januari 16th – CD recording Alice in Dixieland, live in Germany
Thursday, Februari 3rd – Triplicate, Craaij & Balder, Eindhoven