A unique chance to hear two of the foremost musicians on the European and NYC jazz scenes, hosted by Jazz at The Lescar. Guitarist Reinier Bass is a spirited musician – his playing is idiosyncratic and focused, with unexpected rhythmic and dynamic turns. Alto sax player Ben Van Gelder comes with an international reputation, mixing lyricism and tranquility with explosive virtuosity.
Their most recent recording Smash Hits was recorded with the Grammy award-winning Metropole Orkest and released in 2018. They also collaborate with Dutch legend, Han Bennink. Reinier Baas has composed for the North Sea Jazz Festival, as well as being Artist in Residence at the Südtirol Jazzfestival, and commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Ben Van Gelder moved to NYC aged 17 and has collaborated and studied with the likes of Jason Moran, Lee Konitz. He’s toured his own ensemble extensively in Europe, Japan and the U.S., winning multiple awards. Their music is rooted in American jazz, but also unmistakably European.
Riveting, expressive and original – don’t miss them.