Jasper Blom – tenor sax
Jesse van Ruller – guitar
Frans van der Hoeven – bas
Martijn Vink – drums
Nils Wogram – trombone
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JASPER BLOM QUARTET with Nils Wogram
The Jasper Blom Quartet features four internationally acclaimed Dutch jazz musicians, that have been together for more than 12 years. Blom’s intelligent compositions cover a wide range of stylistic influences. Supported by the stellar playing of guitarist Jesse van Ruller and one of the most amazing European jazz drummers, Martijn Vink, the Jasper Blom Quartet is a true showcase of what melody, rhythm and harmony have to offer in composition and improvisation. The JBQ performs regularly throughout Europe on major international festivals and in clubs.
Under the name “POLYPHONY” the JBQ has started working with internationally acclaimed soloists. POLYPHONY is a result of Blom’s fascination with 15th century polyphonic music. According to Blom, this early Western music has a remarkable melodic quality that makes it very accessible and yet it sounds as adventurous as any good contemporary music. Inspired by French and Flemish masters like de Machaut, Dufay and Ockeghem, Blom invited guest Belgium’s #1 trumpet player Bert Joris and created a new experience by composing his own version of medieval polyphonic music for jazz quintet. After this, Blom turned his attention towards more contemporary influences like Bartok and Hindemith, combining this with the old medieval Hoketus technique (sharing a melody between instruments). For the new material, Blom developed a more improvisational approach and he invited German star trombonist Nils Wogram to share the stage. As a result the JBQ just released a fantastic live double CD entitled “POLYPHONY” on the prestigious London label Whirlwind Recordings. featuring both Bert Joris and Nils Wogram.
Being one of the outstanding jazz soloists in Europe, Wogram won the prestigious Albert Mangelsdorff Prize in 2013 and gained a reputation as a technically outstanding instrumentalist, a innovating composer and fearless bandleader. Wogram’s familiarity with both jazz and improvised music, his open approach towards any kind of good music, whether complex or more straight ahead, makes him the perfect guest soloist for the Jasper Blom Quartet.
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