For gypsy jazz fans, Jimmy Rosenberg needs no introduction. On the occasion of Django Amsterdam, the guitar maestro will give a unique concert with pianist Peter Beets, double bassist Frans van Geest and Holland’s most adventurous drummer Han Bennink.
Django Amsterdam is dedicated to the birthday of guitarist Django Reinhardt, the originator of gypsy jazz or swing manouche. This style of acoustic swing jazz became part of the Roma and Sinti culture thanks to Django, who’s generally considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time.
Jimmy Rosenberg is a phenomenon for guitar players and a master of gypsy jazz. At a very young age he already achieved world wide fame. He played at the Concertgebouw with violin player and gypsy jazz-pioneer Stéphane Grappelli, and at Carnegie Hall with Les Paul and George Benson. Jimmy is a cousin of the members of the Rosenberg Trio.
As a pioneer of European improvised music, Han Bennink has inspired generations of musicians. He’s known for his free style, playing everything from drums to furniture to his own body. He’s also praised for his swing drumming, having accompanied legends such as Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy and Dexter Gordon.
On both sides of the pond Peter Beets is recognized as a phenomenal jazz pianist with a unique, powerful style. The Dutchman has performed with such greats as Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove, and in New York he has recorded albums under his own name, with established American sidemen.
As the double bassist and co-founder of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Frans van Geest has performed with many greats including Elvin Jones, Monty Alexander and Kurt Rosenwinkel. In smaller formations he has also proved his worth as a steady accompanist, and he was part of leading Dutch bands such as the Jesse van Ruller Quartet.