Biography

Benjamin Herman

Benjamin Herman got his first saxophone at the age of twelve. At thirteen he was already playing on the professional club circuit. By the time he was twenty years old he was appearing with different groups around the world and initiating projects of his own. His fame spread beyond jazz circles in the 1990s when he formed the groundbreaking ensemble New Cool Collective. Having made a name as soloist while still a teenager, Benjamin Herman has appeared on over a hundred records with all kinds of artists, from Candy Dulfer to Misha Mengelberg. Herman has also built a career in The Netherlands and abroad as a composer. With New Cool Collective as well as with his smaller bands. He is a well respected craftsman who’s playing is firmly rooted in jazz tradition. 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.

Today Benjamin Herman is one of the most original and productive jazz musicians in the Netherlands exploring influences beyond the confines of the jazz world. After starting his own record label ‘Roach Records’ in 2004 Benjamin Herman produced a string of cd’s and vinyl’s. He recorded and toured with amongst others Paul Weller, Dr. John, Tony Allen, Stan Tracey, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Peter Maffay, programmed several festivals, played all over the globe and worked on numerous personal projects. Amongst many awards and prizes are the prestigious VPRO/Boy Edgar Award and ‘Best Dressed man’ by Esquire magazine.

In 2017 New Cool Collective released two new albums (one featuring Senegalese alto saxophonist Tierno Koite of Orchestra Baobab) and Benjamin released a live album on the ICP label with The Quartet NL. An all star Dutch foursome with drummer Han Bennink (74), bassist Ruud Jacobs (78) and pianist Peter Beets.

In 2018 to celebrate his 50th birthday Benjamin has released ‘Project S’, an ode to Johan Cruyff’s car of choice the ‘Citroën SM’ and ‘Bughouse’ with guitarist Reinier Baas, bassist Peter Peskens (Jungle By Night) and legendary hard core drummer Olav van den Berg (Lärm, Seein’ Red, Marxbros). In October Benjamin will be releasing an album with his jazz trio featuring young Dutch soloists.

UPCOMING GIGS THIS AUTUMN

9 Sep Guest appearance with Delic, Melkweg Amsterdam

14 Sep New Cool Collective Big Band, Figi Theater Zeist

15 Sep 10 years Yoigokochi Sake Importers (invitation only)

16 Sep Afternoon session at Brewery de Preal, Amsterdam

19 Sep Session, de Kring, Amsterdam

21 Sep BH + Robin Nolan Trio, Kaptein Zeppos, Amsterdam

22 Sep New Cool Collective Big Band, Make It Festival,  Tilburg

23 Sep Afternoon session at café de Engelbewaarder, Amsterdam

26 Sep New Cool Collective Big Band, Oosterpoort, Groningen

28 Sep New Cool Collective, Duycker, Hoofdorp

29 Sep New Cool Collective, Piet Mondriaan Theater, Abcoude

1 Oct Guest appearance with Fay Claassen/JOC, concertgebouw, A’dam

3 Oct Session, de Kring, Amsterdam

4 Oct BH Trio, Tivolivredenburg, Amsterdam

5 Oct BH’s Bughouse ALBUM RELEASE, Bimhuis, Amsterdam

6 Oct BH Trio, Paradox, Tilburg

7 Oct BH’s Bughouse, De Spot, Middelburg

10 Oct The Quartet NL, Brebl, Nijmegen

12 Oct BH Trio, VIA Belgica, Maastricht

13 Oct BH Trio, Autumn Leaves Festival, Venlo

14 Oct John Engels Quintet, Music Distillery, Schiedam

17 Oct, Session, de Kring, Amsterdam

20 Oct, BH Trio, Mahogany Hall, Edam

21 Oct BH Trio, DJS, Dordrecht

26 Oct BH’s Bughouse, Jazz International, De Lindenberg, Nijmegen

27 Oct BH Trio + guests, De Stoep, Spijkenisse

31 Oct Guest appearance session, Stadsbrasserie, Rotterdam

1 Nov New Cool Collective, Bird, Rotterdam

2 Nov BH + Robin Nolan Trio, Jazz In Oudorp, Oudorp (NH)

3 Nov BH’s Project S, So What’s Next, Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven (afternoon)

3 Nov New Cool Collective, Jazzy Tiel, Tiel

7 Nov BH’s Bughouse, short set at Typex book launch, Paradiso, Amsterdam

8 Nov BH’s Bughouse, November Music, Nijmegen

9 Nov BH, Toonzetters, De Balie Amsterdam

10 Nov BH’s Bughouse, Rockit Festival, Groningen

11 Nov Guest appearance, Xavi Torres Trio, Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam

24 Nov New Cool Collective, Hilverjazz, Hilvarenbeek

2 Dec Guest appearance Miracles Of Music, De Doelen, Rotterdam

14 Dec Guest appearance Chef’Special, Afas Live, Amsterdam

15 Dec Guest appearance Chef’Special, Afas Live, Amsterdam

28 Dec New Cool Collective, De Melkweg, Amsterdam