Jazz Circus Collective
The Jazz Circus Collective consists of 5 highly experienced Groovy DJ’s, which can be extended with one or more live musicians to add up to the total atmosphere. The Jazz Circus Collective can be booked for festivals, venues and B2B or private parties. You can book a single Jazz Circus Collective DJ, the whole DJ crew and add up with Sax, Trumpet, Perccussion, Flute or you name it. Ask us a question so we can advise on the perfect mix!
This page and total website is to promote Jazzdance in the Netherlands as a whole. It is meant to show the audience who was and/or still is strongly involved in the Jazzdance or related dance scenes. For visitors it may be the most favorite page to listen t0 DJ’s, or to learn more about them!
For bookers and Music lovers
To provide content for an event asks for knowledge of the artistic market and experience in organizing synergy between live music, special acts, technique and music brought by professional DJ’s. Have a look into our network and contact us so we can advise on the “perfect mix”. All artists have earned their full credits over the last decades.
Saskia Laroo, coined in America by press and public as ‘Lady Miles Davis of Europe’ has been going strong for over three decades. Born in 1959 in Amsterdam, she grew up in Den Ilp and went to high school in Zaandam. Her first playing experiences at age 8 were at Het Brass Band of Fanfare de Eendracht in her then hometown Den Ilp. At 18 she attended the University of Amsterdam to study mathematics, albeit briefly, soon swayed by the challenge of a professional career in music. She studied trumpet with some of the best known artist / teachers of the day: at the Muziekpedagogische Academie of Alkmaar, the Sweelinck Conservatorium (with Boy Raaymakers) in Amsterdam and the Muziekpedagogische Academie of Hilversum (with Ack van Rooyen). However promising it sounds in retrospect, Saskia’s was not a smooth beginning. It was difficult for her to get her foot in the door: “A problem with getting gigs was that nobody wanted to play with somebody as unknown as me. The trumpet player is naturally the most important person in a band. He plays the “lead” and gives all “cues” for the other musicians. Often the rejection sounded as follows: you can’t play a whole concert, you will get tired halfway because you aren’t strong enough,” according to Saskia. So, for a short time, she choose bass over trumpet as there were more requests for bass players for many gigs. “After starting to gig on bass, they put more faith in me and even began to accept me as a trumpeter as well.” By this period, Saskia had already begun booking herself. Recently Saskia joint up the Jazz Circus Collective with a first joint performance during North Sea Round Town at the Central Station in Rotterdam. Jazz Circus is proud to have that initial project with this incredible talent.
As a born performer Igor played the streets on flute at 9 years old for several years. Some kids just know what they want and got the guts to do it. When you watch Igor dance, sing, playing his saxophone, flute, trumpet and djembe you know we are dealing here with a natural musician-entertainer. Having been one of the leading dancers at the famous IT danceclub in the 90’s he seemingly has not lost the skills. Some people just don’t accept aging or gravity. Having gained the world’s title best stagedancer at the championship in Malaysia one must realise he has earned his spurs over the years. Today Igor is making use of a looper allowing him to perform solo while making use of variousinstruments building up towards a song while dancing and playing at the same time. Be it hanging upside down on a trapeze while playing the flute or dropping into a split continuing his funky play is an amazing perfomance one must have seen to believe possible. We hope you will belong to the lucky ones able to view this magician of instruments. For all of those reasons it is more than obvious that we are utmost proud to add up this amazing entertainer to our team of professional performers. As Igor makes our Jazz Circus Collective fly to the highest regions!
A powerful blend of saxophone and guitar over a solid foundation of groovin’ drums and bass guitar is what describes Tracin’ Tracy best. Being named after a song by Blue Note guitarist Grant Green, was no coincidence, as Green’s laid back funky and groovy works are a source of inspiration for the band’s own original compositions: funk, soul, jazz and boogaloo are key ingredients. Improvisation and retrospective are characteristic elements. The goal is to play music everybody nobody can resist to dance on and will make you feel good. Jazz? Hell yeah!
After Sanne graduated form her Music study at Codarts, she gained many performances in very different styles.
One moment she is playing world music and the next she will be performing with dj’s in any thinkable style. That’s part of her power and what she likes in music, taking part in all these different styles!
She has performed with Fra Fra sound at the Bimhuis, with Izaline Calister, Sabrina Starke and Roel Calister in a project containing poetry put on music, with The JazzJunkies and DJ Maestro at several occasions and many other occasions. One thing is for sure, it’s always about improvisation and energy. Jazz Circus is most proud to have, this icon in the Jazz culture, added up to the website. Sanne worked several time with the Jazz Circus Collective and is booked together with them on the Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz Festival and Stadspodium Rotterdam.
The Team Harmony jazz duo is formed by the passionate and qualified musicians and entertainers Tim ‘Harmony’ Welvaars (piano, jazz & blues harmonica) and Naomi ‘Smile’ Adriaansz (alto and tenor sax). This unique team is based upon its intense love for music in general as well as the love that Tim and Naomi feel for each other and the world around them. From this source they have created a unique sound: the remarkable fusion of the dark tenor sax and the joyful harmonica. Their trade mark! In February 2016 they released their full album “Two Souls One Breath” at a packed North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam. Their main driving forces : filling everyone with harmony and peace, at any place where Tim and Naomi are invited to play their music live!
Sytze Krist, Percussion
Sytze was born in 1966 and started at the age of 16th in following conga’s lessons. Inspired by his favorite percussionists Paulinho Da Costa. From that point on he started playing in bands and developed himself into a passionated percussionist. After following a variety of workshops and playing in different formations, Sytze started own musical projects. He started a band named ‘Mojam’ with the focus on making relaxing music. Together with his band Mojam a start of the ‘Jazzy afternoon’ took place. These musical events were helt repeatingly in his hometown Middelburg. During the 80’s he was interested in Jazz Rock fusion then his music interests slightly changed into the Latin Jazz and Bossa Nova groove. Sytse is a welcome artist into the Jazz Circus Collective guests artists “clan” as we seek people who can feel the vibe!
Myrthe van de Weetering, violin
Myrthe van de Weetering (1988) is a composer, producer and musician. She has a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Peformance & Production and a Master of Music in Composition at the Music Technology Department of the School of Art (HKU) in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Apple Certified her as a Logic Pro. During a period of three years she also took classes in jazz violin at Utrecht Conservatory. Last but not least she also took classes in jazz double bass for one year at Utrecht Conservatory. VENUES
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Paradiso, Melkweg, Tivoli, Tivoli de Helling, Paradox, 013, Vredenburg, Oosterpoort, de Doelen, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, SJU, Atak, Burgerweeshuis, Doornroosje, Effenaar, Ekko, Club AIR, Club Light, Groene Engel, Luxor, Merleyn, RASA, Patronaat, de Pul, Theater Kikker, Simplon, Bitterzoet, Beurs van Berlage, NAI, EYE Instituut, de Bonbonniere, Grounds, Rietveld Theater, Haus der Sinne (DE), Operaen (DK), Loppen (DK), Italian Institute of Culture (DK), Podium Mozaïque, Bellevue Theater, Theater de Brakke Grond, Tropeninstituut Theater and many more. Myrthe can be booked as guest performer of the Jazz Circus Collective. Of course the Jazz Circus Collective provides a full groove Jazz-Funk underground bass line
Renee joined the Fanfare when he was 15 year old were he started on a soprano sax. A soprano saxophone played so badly that his dad asked if I studied Chinese music. Fortunately, he quickly got his big love: the Tenor Saxophone. From that time he has always played tenor. He strongly believes he is a born tenor man. His teachers were Ben Vraudeunt, Ferdi Schukking, Don Braden amongst many, many others. Renee started studying Jazz, Classic and Latin. Hereafter his first successful band was the Foreign Bodies where he performances for KRO-, VARA- and VPRO TV). After the Foreign Bodies he performed in Latin bands, Big bands, Jazz quartets and Soul Funk bands. He recorded in studios and played live with DJ’s. Playing the Tenor sax gives Renee the opportunity to play as a guest at the Jazz Circus Collective. And he is welcome to do so! As the sole tenor man.
Based both in The Netherlands and France, Jeroen Pek is international considered as one of the leading European jazz flute players of today, renowned for his energetic power play with an enormous, joy and wide array of dynamics and colour on flute, alto-flute, bass-flute, Educci-flute and Zoo-flute. He studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Herb Geller, Ferdinand Povel, Dick Gout and Bob Brookmeyer and attended master classes of Hubert Laws, Frank Wess and David Liebman. Jeroen was flute teacher at the very same conservatory between 1991 and 1993. As a composer Jeroen Pek received honourable mentions during the composition contest of Jazz composers alliance in Boston (‘96, ’97 and ’99) and was nominated twice (‘96 and 06’) for the composition contest of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Washington D.C. He received several (international) composition assignments. Today Jeroen Pek is principal flute teacher at the jazz department of the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem (The Netherlands) and gives international master classes in the field of jazz flute. The Jazz Circus is proud to have such musical caliber within their mids.
Greg is a Dutch DJ/ producer, based in Rotterdam. Worked in the nightlife as Dj start Subes in 2009. Together with producer Aram Wilmot and saxophonist Pieter Ubbels they came up with the jazzy debut album ‘Contra Bossa’ from 2010. And together with Ubbels ‘ Trill from the pill ‘ from 2013. Introducing an innovative style : ‘ fresh blend of Bossa Jazz , Afro Beat and Funk grooves, hypnotic organ solo’s, percussive rhythms, horny sax solo’s and a dirty fender piano.’ Both albums received international recognition. The upcoming third album ‘ Free to speak ‘ is a guarantee for its Subes dynamic groove sound. With saxophonist Tini Thomsen and vocalist Vivian Pouw as newcomers to this album. And with the permanent crew members: Johan Hendrikse on piano, Dirk Beets on Trumpet and Rob Geboers on Hammond. This is the characteristic sound of Subes guaranteed and can ‘Free to Speak’ in the books as a surprising successor of the previous two albums. Westcoast Net Works, initiator of The Jazz Circus concept. Is overwhelmed by the charme of this music. You just need to book’m.
DJ Maestro, Martijn Barkhuis grew up into a musical family. At the age of 7 he got a violin and played in youth orchestras. Although he found his passion in the Amsterdam club scene, his roots of classical music are still to be found in his perfect choice of music, music build ups and flawless mixing capability. Besides all this he was also able to bring old tunes back to life, with the legendary Blue Note records label. All eight compilations he produced became a worldwide success. It did not only bring him to five platinum records but also one of the most impressive vinyl collections. Besides this, DJ Maestro travels all over the world to the most prestigious clubs and he made sure that Jazz music did not become a dusty music style. For all of those reasons he was asked to produce a new and strong compilation for the label Verse Music group. Whats next? A contract with Bethlehem Records in new York. Bethlehem Records was the record label where Nina Simone debuted. So DJ Maestro will dig again into the archives and bring back forgotten Jazz artists, on to CD. For further information please contact us. Do also check out Jazzradio.nl online. Interview
Yo MTV-raps and a famous Dutch hiphop radio show during the mid 90s where the eye openers for Thelonious to get behind the turntables. During this time, the Pharcyde, Krs One, A Tribe Called Quest and Grand Puba were the sounds that the young Dj Thelonious played at home. Greedy for new music he soon discovered the Eclectic Sound of Djs like Gilles Peterson, Coldcut and Jazzanova. At the end of the nineties Dj Thelonious made his Dj debut in the bar of one of Rotterdam’s most legendary clubs called Nighttown. Here he learned how to play exclectic sets and to keep the different and diverse public satisfied and hungry for more. A few years later his unique, surprising and soulfull dj sets made him one of the permanent fixtures of the Dutch Dj scène and got him to play on The Lowlands Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival, Pitchfestival and venues like Canvas, Off Corso, Perron, BIRD & many more. Fortunately the hunger for new music is still there after 20 years of Dj-ing. Nowadays a djset of Thelonious can consist Detroit, Chicago & New York inspired house, Disco, Broken beats, Afrobeats, Boogie, Brazil, & sometimes a bit Hiphop & Beats. Whether it s a bangin dancefloor dj set or a a Jazzy lounge set it’s quality all over. Besides Dj ing Thelonious started organising the succesfull 360 Degrees, All Eyes On and GO BANG parties in BIRD (Rotterdam). Recent guests on this party have been Theo Parrish, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Osunlade (360 Degrees), Lefto, J Rocc & Mr Scruff. With bookings at North Sea Jazz Festival, Dimensions Festival and his own 360 Degrees and All Eyes On nights things are looking good for DJ Thelonious. A brief interview.
Several vinyl specialists are active in offering black music such as Jazz, Funk and Soul. Besides that uptempo dancefloor down to Lounge. Westcoast Net Works utmost proud that DJ Tin Tin is supporting thoughts of Westcoast Net Works and its events called Jazz Circus.
Father of NL Jazzdance
The DJ who brought music of Art Blakey, Willis Jackson of Bunky Green on the very first Dutch Jazzdance event was DJ Tin Tin. After this DJ Tin Tin spinned his vinyl wheel in all major clubs such as Roxy, Paradiso and Nighttown in Rotterdam. One of his highlights was the invitation to London to do his thing at the Blue Note Club and its Jazz cafe. On special request DJ Tin Tin can be booked for a DJ set. DJ Tin Tin was booked many time at North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague and now a days Rotterdam Ahoi. Westcoast Net Works, and its jazz Circus, is utmost proud to have this specialist on board. For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.
DJ Graham B
UK born DJ Graham B – resident in Amsterdam since 1987 – was dubbed The Godfather of Jazzdance by Oor Magazine for his pioneering work organising and hosting the legendary CLUB 802 JAZZ BOP parties at the Paradiso during the early 90’s. He is also well known for his part in promoting and establishing the early house scene in Holland as a member of the SOHO CONNECTION. Graham hosted his own radio shows on Radio 100, Amsterdam FM and New Dance Radio for many years and was a long time resident DJ at Amsterdam’s small, infamous and long missed nightclub The RICHTER. As a producer he also became a top selling artists on the UK based Freestyle label. He established a niche for his style of electronic infused samba and latin solo productions and for making “futuristic dancefloor Jazz” with his collaborative JAZZ JUICE project. Graham’s DJ style is eclectic and deeply rooted in the Afro American sound of the 60’s and 70’s and yet always infused with a progressive edge. Book the Godfather of Jazzdance.
J-Sax was intrigued by music and dance as long as he can remember. At an early age he started to jam and dance with his records. He sang along, played his guitar (like a wild man) and jammed his little drum toys. Later on he also brutalized the tapes he recorded from radio and friends and he still does. It all began in church he say’s; “Latin-Mass” and “Hollywood Musical films”! But than at the age off 22 he bought a King-Cleveland alto sax, and it turned his life upside down! He started to “work” that sax and fell in love with it. Since that day his saxes are a definite part of his live. J-Sax can be booked at all events in combination with your selected DJ.
As the founder of the Wild ’n Out touring session crew, Isaac Bullock has toured The Netherlands with an ever changing line-up for years. His soulful voice has been the beating heart of all his musical endeavours. The Uganda-born vocalist learned the tricks of the trade from a very young age, when he joined a choir as a soprano and alto. He shows his poetical skills as a songwriter with his original material, but will also surprise you with his take on a wide selection of classic tunes. What’s more, he shares his love to jam out with all of his bandmates. This born entertainer will move you with a fresh mix of Funk, Soul and Afrobeat in his different concepts.
As performer, choreographer and teacher, Verburg has worked for different choreographers, directors and festivals, theaters, dance events, schools and commercial employers. In this way he worked on all levels from low art to high Art in The Netherlands and abroad, amongst others, USA, Europe, South America, Eastern Europe and Australia. Amsterdam is his home base. As a dancer he has been inspired by diverse dance styles. From the beginning as a street dancer, from Hip Hop to Street Jazz, Modern, Butoh, Physical Theatre, Clown, African to Improvisation and multimedia. He aims to connect the different dance styles through improvisation and structure and to use what the performance needs. Verburg has related to Westcoast Net Works since the early nineties. Solo and choreographies.
Hailing from the UK, Tariq has helped pioneer the Jazz Dance scene here in The Netherlands. A dynamic and graceful dancer with his own unique style, Tariq is adaptable to many variations of Jazz such as Swing, Fusion, Latin, and Afro, and has fused these into one form, and this is what makes him so exceptional. He has been dancing Jazz from the age of 15 and has always expressed his originality, is regarded by many as a “True Jazz Man”, a fierce battler on the dance-floor, and a very stylish dresser who is known for his dapper Jazz attire, for he truly lives it. Tariq is the Founder-member of the dance group “Steps Ahead”, and the Dutch troupe “Swing Kings” with Adie Lisand & Levi Graham, and as a performer he has danced with the legendary Roy Ayers. Tariq continues to be a true ambassador and an integral part of the Jazz Dance scene – Seymour Nurse The Bottom End. Solo and choreographies.
Jelly Germain Ngono
Jelly returns again with his terrific style and energy to the stage at The Westcoast Jazz Circus’s. Jelly Germain Ngono uses an exciting mix of styles – versatile and complex, challenging and exciting for performers and audience alike – great creativity rooted within the Boogie Woogie dance traditions. He has danced over the years onstage at numerous festivals across Europe and USA, and has experienced some of the greatest piano playing boogie woogie, to fill him with inspiration. He teaches and invites others to learn some of the styles and techniques, in tap dance workshop and display performances – this gives something special to the concerts and enables younger performers to join the fun of dancing alongside with that swinging rhythm. Solo and choreographies.
With a background in music and modern dance Janne approaches tapdance as percussion and movement. Janne makes rhythm with her feet and body, while moving through space however she is inspired to, all with the purpose to communicate with fellow performers and to the audience. A main goal is to dance to express, not to impress. Ongoing projects at the moment are Ventriloquism with boss and bassplayer Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, and the improvisationband VANG! With both Bruno and tapdancer Marije Nie. Janne’s contemporary dance works have been programmed in various places within The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway and New York. Her focus is on clear and innovative concepts, with a huge interest for the interaction with lights and light effects. She also enjoys teaching modern dance and tapdance at Codarts, University of the Arts in Rotterdam. Tapdance-lessons are also available in Rotterdam and The Hague. If you want to enjoy “living drums” ask for Janne.
Tapdanseres MARIJE NIE is muzikant met haar voeten: een dansende percussionist. Haar tap is een intense symbiose van muziek en dans: het ritme dicteert de beweging en de beweging bepaalt het geluid. Marije is thuis in veel verschillende soorten muziek: jazz, geïmproviseerde muziek, wereldmuziek, (hedendaags) klassieke muziek, experimentele electronica en dance. Zij heeft een grote liefde voor improvisatie en het experiment.
Birth of a dancer: Creator of the “Collectif Jeu de Jambes” (Footworks Group), co-founder of the Boogi Saï Company, former dancer of the Black Blanc Beur Company, Alex Bent is a reference in the hiphop milieu and a pioneer of the Jazz-Rock. Choreographer, dancer, certified teacher, his versatility goes from Hiphop to Jazz-Rock. in passing by Modern-Jazz. Alex Benth is a native of Guyana. While his parents are dedicated to agriculture and to the Guianese gastronomy, he devoted himself to dancing. At an age where a person’s personality develops itself gradually, he starts his struggle, alone and against his parents’ advice, in order to follow what he senses to be his passion and his professional future. In 1976 he decides to leave his native country for Paris to continue his studies and develop in parallel his artistic identity as a choreographer. Alex Benth is one of the performing artists at the Westcoast Jazz Circus.Solo and choreographies.