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 MARCH-APRIL 2019

1-3 De Tor, Enschede. Rein de Graaff Trio (with Maarten Hogenhuis)

2-3 Mahogany Hall, Edam. Rein de Graaff (with Maarten Hogenhuis, Tineke Postma)

3-3 Tivolivredenburg, Utrecht. Rein de Graaff Trio (with Maarten Hogenhuis & Ronnie Cuber)

5-3 NPO Radio, 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)

6-3 Brouwerij Martinus, Groningen. Rein de Graaff Trio (with Maarten Hogenhuis)

7-3 Café Alto, Amsterdam. Benjamin Herman Quartet

8-3 De Harmonie, Leeuwarden. Rein de Graaff Trio (with Maarten Hogenhuis, Tineke Postma)

10-3 Theater van Beresteyn, Veendam. Rein de Graaff Trio (with Maarten Hogenhuis, Tineke Postma)

12-3 NPO Radio, 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)

13-3 Café Steyn, Rotterdam. Guest soloist, session with Jesse Schilderink

15-3 Bimhuis, Amsterdam. Rein de Graaff Trio (with Maarten Hogenhuis & Ronnie Cuber)

16-3 Jazz In The Building, The Hague. Guest soloist

17-3 René van Beeck trio. Session @ Brouwerij de Preal. Guest soloist.

19-3 NPO Radio, 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)

20-3 De Kring, Amsterdam. Session.

23-3 De Stoep, Spijkenisse. With Carlo de Wijs, Jesse van Ruller, Yoran Vroom, Gidon Nunes  Vaz & Berget Lewis.

24-3 Jazz Not Jazz Heemstede

24-3 Rotown, Rotterdam. Guest soloist with Sven Hammond.

25-3 De Twee Spieghels, Leiden. Martijn van Iterson Quartet

26-3 NPO Radio, 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)

31-3 Faas, Rotterdam Noord. Anton Drukker Quartet.

2-4 NPO Radio, 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)

3-4 De Kring Amsterdam. Session

6-4 Theater de Lievekamp, Oss. New Cool Collective

7-4 Filmhuis, Oosterbeek. Duo with Timothy Banchet (pno)

9-4 NPO Radio, 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)

12-4 Terschelling. Benjamin Herman quartet ft. Martijn van Iterson

14-4 Pavlov, Den Haag. Session with Dan Nicholas

16-4 NPO Radio, 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)

17-4 De Kring, Amsterdam. Session

19-4 P60, Amstelveen. New Cool Collective.

20-4 Kroepoekfabriek, VLAARDINGEN. New Cool Collective.

23-4 NPO Radio, 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)

30-4 NPO Radio, 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)