A collection of the finest jazz talent The Netherlands has to offer.
That is what master pianist Peter Beets brings to the table with his New Jazz Orchestra. Hand-picking tomorrow’s bandleaders keeps Beets close to the scene and allow him to provide young musicians with a platform to develop and present themselves.
Ranging from the age of 20-40, Beets’ Orchestra is more than a big band; it’s a community, giving participating musicians enough space to develop their own sound and projects whilst safeguarding the band’s artistic qualities. A stepping stone for promising Conservatoire graduates, the Orchestra embraces the age-old jazz tradition of older generations mentoring their younger peers on the bandstand.
Developing talent often means, ultimately, losing it to other projects. For Beets’ New Jazz Orchestra, that isn’t an issue; soloists in the community sub for each other whilst being encouraged to maintain their own groups and develop their own ideas. That means the New Jazz Community consists of an impressive alternating 12 saxophonists, 10 trombonists, 3 drummers, 3 bassists, and 10 trumpeters.
Achievements among them include (inter)national performances and collaborations with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Willie Jones III, Roy Hargrove, the Metropole Orchestra, Daahoud Salim Quintet, and many others.