About the band...

Tradition is not the worship of the ashes, but the passing on of the fire. These words, often attributed to Gustav Mahler, aptly describe the work and perspective of Donald Simoen, Gidon Nunes Vaz, Jelle van der Meulen, Ties Laarakker and Stefan Franssen. Five young, Amsterdam based jazz musicians who connected through their earnest, fresh, deep-rooted love for bebop. Well-versed in its rich history and perfectly fluent in its vernacular, they have nevertheless managed to escape the pitfalls of mimicry. Mere emulation of their heroes has given way to internalization of their art. They have found a way to the shoulders of the giants that went before them, where they now stand freely, proudly, playfully, on their own two feet. Bop now. Bop This!

- Mark van Schaick

Donald Simoen - Alto Saxophone
Gidon Nunes Vaz - Trumpet
Jelle van der Meulen - Piano
Ties Laarakker - Double Bass
Stefan Franssen - Drums

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Upcoming gigs...

Jazz Cafe Alto, Amsterdam 23 - 04 - 2016
Wine Art Jazz Festival, Paleis Soestdijk 06 - 05 - 2016
Wine Art Jazz Festival, Paleis Soestdijk 07 - 05 - 2016
Jazz Cafe Alto, Amsterdam 20 - 05 - 2016
Roode Bioscoop, Amsterdam (CD-RELEASE!!) 27 - 05 - 2016
Jazz Cafe Alto, Amsterdam 04 - 06 - 2016
Amsterdamse Academische Club, Amsterdam 17 - 06 - 2016
Jazz Cafe Alto, Amsterdam 11 - 11 - 2016
Jazz Cafe Alto, Amsterdam 16 - 12 - 2016
Jazz Cafe Alto, Amsterdam 17 - 12 - 2016
Jazz Sociëteit Wassenaar, Wassenaar 09 - 04 - 2017

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For bookings, questions, comments etc., please send an email to bopthis@gmail.com.

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