This academic year, some of the most illustrious jazz artists will join the the jazz teaching staff. Edo Righini: ‘I am thrilled to welcome to the Jazz department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam some of the finest jazz musicians and educators I know. With their music and artistry they play a pivotal role in defining and pushing the boundaries of the current jazz scene, in the Netherlands and abroad. I am convinced that their skills and personalities will elevate the learning experience of our students and contribute to the musical discourse in our institution.’
Over the next days, we will introduce them one by one. First, a warm welcome to Benjamin Herman as regular guest teacher of saxophone!
Benjamin Herman, winner of the prestigious VPRO/Boy Edgar Prijs, is one of the most original and productive jazz musicians in the Netherlands, exploring influences beyond the confines of the jazz world. His gigs are strongly influenced by dance floor jazz, surf and punk music, free jazz and traditional music from all over the world, attracting adventurous music fans of all genres as well as straight ahead jazz aficionados. His fame spread way beyond jazz circles when he formed the groundbreaking ensemble New Cool Collective. He recorded and toured with amongst others Paul Weller, Dr. John, Tony Allen, Stan Tracey, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, and Candy Dulfer.