Benjamin Herman

UPCOMING GIGS December 2019

6-12 New Cool Collective Gebouw T,  Bergen op Zoom
7-12 Jury member, Keep An Eye Award, Amsterdam
7-12 New Cool Collective Atlantis, Alkmaar
8-12 Guest appearance Pavlov, The Hague (matinee)
10-12 NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
12-12 Benjamin Herman Trio, Het Huis Verloren, Hoorn
13-12 New Cool Collective, 013, Tilburg
14-12 New Cool Collective,Tros Muziekcafé (live radio)
14-12 New Cool Collective, LantarenVenstrer, Rotterdam
15-12 BH + Robin Nolan Trio, Masters of Luxury, Amsterdam
17-12 NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
18-12 BH quartet, session, De Kring Amsterdam
19-12 Guest appearance SOOP Amsterdam
20-12 New Cool Collective, Hedon, Zwolle
21-12 New Cool Collective, Gebroeders Nobel, Leiden
22-12 Guest appearance, session, De Preal Houthavens A’dam
27-12 New Cool Collective, ECI, Roermond
28-12 New Cool Collective, Fluor, Amersfoort
30-12 New Cool Collective, Oosterpoort, Groningen
31-12 DJ Benjamin Herman + Rita Lynn, Van Aken, Den Bosch


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 Thierno 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 released ‘Project S’, a luscious ode to Johan Cruyff’s car of choice the ‘Citroën SM’ and punk-jazz album ‘Bughouse’ with guitar magus Reinier Baas, bassist Peter Peskens (Jungle By Night) and legendary hard core drummer Olav van den Berg (Lärm, Seein’ Red, Marxbros). 

Autumn 2019 will see the digital release of Benjamin’s albums ‘Deelder 65′ (2009)’
Spring 2020 Benjamin’s debut solo album ‘Café Alto’ will be online as well and will see the release of 10″ vinyl ‘One for Guidi’ with several tracks from last year’s trio session featuring young lions Gideon Tazelaar (ts), Ian Cleaver (tp) and Timothy Banchet (p).