Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans Goes Dutch at Pizza Express Jazz Club


Award-winning Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans (above) is set to play Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, London on Wednesday 13 December in advance of a more extensive visit to the UK and Ireland in 2018 as part of the Going Dutch project. For this performance he will be joined by fellow Dutch musician, bassist Jeroen Vierdag and will be reunited with pianist Steve Lodder, and drummer Martin France, who was introduced to Vloeimans by Django Bates.

A musician who works across a wide range of music styles, Vloeimans studied classical trumpet at the Rotterdam Academy of Music and jazz in New York with Blue Note legend Donald Byrd. While studying in New York he played with the Frank Foster and Mercer Ellington big bands and later recorded the album Bitches and Fairy Tales with American bass and drums team, Marc Johnson and Joey Baron, alongside late great UK pianist John Taylor. The album won an Edison award, the Netherlands equivalent of a Grammy, one of six such awards Vloiemans has won, the most recent being for Carrousel, the album he released earlier this year with the ensemble Holland Baroque.

Vloeimans, who has experimented with electronic effects, has a long-established trio with cellist Ernst Reijseger and pianist Michiel Borstlap and has also worked with French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê, Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson, American bassist Jimmy Haslip and Norwegian nu jazz pioneer Bugge Wesseltolft, among many other projects.

Going Dutch is the initiative developed by the Jazz Promotion Network and Dutch Performing Arts to present musicians from the Netherlands jazz scene across the UK and Ireland. It recently toured the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra and French horn-guitar-drums trio Kapok and has facilitated festival appearances by musicians including pianist Kaja Draksler. Further Going Dutch activity will be announced soon.

– Rob Adams

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