From 1986 to 1993 Hans performed in the Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Wil Salden, with which he toured through the whole of Europe. He also performed regularly with Johnny Meijer, Bolle Jan, de Naaldhakken, The Weekend Warriors and he was part of "Max Teawhistle & the Friends of Bop". Nowadays he performs with the Rinus Groeneveld Quartet, The Blue Train, the Jos van Beest Trio, PB and the Nighttrain and the Piet Schmidt Trio.
Ruigrok performed with various formations at the North Sea Jazz Festival and recorded several CD's, including "Stolen Moments", with the late Joop Thonhauser. Next to his interest for the bass, he has a preference for the hammond-organ and electronics.
On Tuesday evenings he joins the workshop for advanced musicians directed by Armando Cairo (see picture). When he was 18 he started playing classical guitar, then switched to bass guitar (reggae, rock blues), but has gone back to the first because, in his opinion, bass players don't get the acknowledgement they deserve (when they play well, nobody notices it, when the play badly, the music falls apart).
He started playing the tenorsax at the age of 24. Armando played in several Dutch jazz groups, amongst others: Fra Fra Sound, Frank Grasso Big Band, Dutch Connection, Joe Malingh Septet, the Billy Brooks Big band. He also played for a while with Jeldrik IJland (alto), Essiet "Okun" Essiet (bass), Don Mumford (drums).
In 1987 he formed the Armando Cairo Sextet. From 1985 onwards Armando has been teaching at CREA, the cultural department of the University of Amsterdam. From 1986 on, he has been leading the Crea Big Band, for which he also arranges and composes. Since 1999, the big band appears monthly with notorious guest solists at café Meander, Amsterdam. With the Armando Cairo Quartet he recorded two cd's: Red Headed Sirens (1996) and Tenor Brutality (1999).
More information about his quartet and his other work can be found on his own Armando Cairo Site
Martin primarily plays the saxophone, which instruments he also teaches. He also plays the clarinet and some piano (while accomanying students). Besides this, he organizes and directs a few workshops in community center Lydia and in jazzcafe 't Geveltje.
Martin's second love is composing and arranging music, both for the workshops as for his own groups. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org or his own webpage JazzMo.
Participants in this seminar stay in the small village in the heart of the "Alpes de Haute-Provence" (population: 20). During the stay they follow courses in jazz, Latin-American and African music. Improvising is the key-word. At the end of the week the participants perform on stage in the middle of the village. A week in a musical and international atmosphere in very special surroundings!
More information: Dolf (tel. 020-6242180) or pick up a brochure at cafe 't Geveltje.
As well as being a musician he is a karate-teacher (he has the black belt himself). And anyone who wants a Shiatsu-massage can call upon this man of many talents.
She studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, where she graduated (MA) in 1997. Her thesis dealt with the socio-economic position of professional jazz musicians in the Amsterdam informal scene. The results of this research were also published in the form of an article in The Boekmancahier (download the PDF file).
At the moment Anne-Marie works at the University of Amsterdam as a researcher in the Department of Social Science Informatics. She is also working on her Ph.D. More information can be found on her own homepage http://www.swi.psy.uva.nl/usr/oostveen/home.html.