JBQ plus Pablo Held

Jasper Blom – tenor / soprano sax

Jesse van Ruller – guitar

Frans van der Hoeven – bas

Martijn Vink – drums


Pablo Held – piano



The Jasper Blom Quartet features four internationally acclaimed Dutch jazz musicians, that have been together for more than 14 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.

Concert venues of the JBQ include North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam International Jazz, BIMhuis Amsterdam, ELBjazz Hamburg, BRAND festival Mechelen, Bohemia Jazzfest Czech Republic, Porto Alegre fest Brazil, Borusan House Istanbul, Trondheim Jazz Festival, Papandayan Festival Indonesia, Birdland Hamburg, Unterfahrt Munich, and many others…

Under the name “POLYPHONY” the JBQ has started working with internationally acclaimed soloists. POLYPHONY started with Blom’s fascination for 15th century medieval polyphonic music. Inspired by French and Flemish masters like de Machaut, Dufay and Ockeghem, Blom composed his own version of medieval polyphonic music for jazz quintet with guest soloist Bert Joris. From there, Blom developed a more improvisational approach of polyphony based on 20th century influences like Bartok and Hindemith combining this with the old medieval Hoketus technique and invited German star trombonist Nils Wogram to share the stage.

In POLYPHONY PART THREE, the Tone-clock system as developed by the Dutch classical composer Peter Schat is the departure point for newly composed music. Symmetrical tone rows and triads generated by the tone-clock system create new melodies, new harmonies and new improvisation material.In POLYPHONY PART THREE, one of the most prominent figures of the young German jazz generation, pianist Pablo Held is featured. Since winning the Rising Star Award of the European Concert Hall Organization, Pablo Held is touring the world with his trio. Absolute highlights are his collaborations with John Scofield and Chris Potter.

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