Benjamin Herman

 

Gigs February/March/April 2020

1-2    NCC, TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht
2-2    Benjamin Herman Trio, Podium Gorter, Balk
4-2    NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
5-2    John Engels Trio, Q Factory – Amsterdam
7-2    NCC, Gigant – Apeldoorn
8-2    NCC, De Spot – Middelburg
9-2    Quartet NL ft. Han Bennink, Qbus – Leiden
11-2  NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
12-2  Guest appearance Bob Wijnen Trio, Voorproeffestival, Voorburg
15-2  Zimmerwax by DJ Git Hyper ft Anna Serierse, SS Rotterdam
18-2 NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
19-2  Session at De Kring (members & muso’s only) – A’dam
22-2  Guest appearance Joost van Schaik 4tet, Waalse Kerk – Zwolle
22-2  NCC, Piet Mondriaan Theater – Abcoude
23-2  Jury ‘Expression of Art Award’, Conservatorium Hotel – A’dam
24-2 Guest appearance Jazz session, Dizzy – Rotterdam
25-2  NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
27-2  NCC, Patronaat – Haarlem
28-2  NCC, Doornroosje – Nijmegen
29-2  NCC, Neushoorn – Leeuwarden
1-3      Benjamin Herman Trio, Club Dauphine – Amsterdam (Matinnee)
3-3      NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
4-3      Session at De Kring (members & muso’s only) – A’dam
5-3      Guest appearance, book launch Sebastiaan Chabot, Uitgeverij Atlas (by   invitation only)
6-3      Guest appearance Sinfonia Rotterdam, Nieuwe Kerk – Den Haag
7-3      Guest appearance Sinfonia Rotterdam, De Doelen – Rotterdam
8-3      Guest appearance Sinfonia Rotterdam, Wereldmuseum – Rotterdam
9-3      Guest appearance Sinfonia Rotterdam, Wereldmuseum,- Rotterdam (by   invitation only)
10-3    NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
15-3    Guest appearance Session at Café Pavlov – Den Haag
17-3    NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
18-3    Michel Camilo Big Band + NCC Horns – Burghausen, Germany
21-3    Matt Bianco & NCC, Theater De Stoep – Spijkenisse
22-3    Guest appearance Van Der Lek Eert Deelder, Mezz – Breda
24-3    NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
29-2    Jury member Expression Of Art Award,  Conservatorium Hotel – Amsterdam
31-3    NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
1-4      Guest appearance Jules Monen Quartet, Bunk – Utrecht
4-4      NCC & Alma Quartet, Transition Festival – Utrecht
5-4      Bughouse ft Reinier Baas, Peter Peskens, Olav van den Berg, Paradiso (kz)
6-4      Bughouse, Vera – Groningen
7-4      NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
9-4      Bughouse, Stroomhuis – Eindhoven
11-4    Bughouse, Fluor – Amersfoort
14-4    NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
21-4    NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)
28-4    NPO Soul & Jazz 19:00-20:00 (also available as podcast)

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).