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Jeroen Van Herzeele

Instrument: 
tenor saxophone
soprano saxophone
Ensembles: 
Octurn
Ben Sluijs Quartet

Biography

Saxophonist Jeroen Van Herzeele is sometimes referred to as the Belgian John Coltrane.

As a young musician he takes lessons at the Antwerp Jazz Studio, with Dave Pike and John Ruocco

among others. He moves to the USA, where he attends workshops with Joe Lovano and David Liebman. In the ‘90s he joins a number of bands, among which acid jazz group Greetings From Mercury. He has also played with Ben Sluijs and been a member of the adventurous Mâäk's Spirit collective (now simply Mâäk).

In 1999 he is awarded the prestigious Django D'Or as well as the Louis Paul Boon award for his entire oeuvre.

He becomes increasingly fascinated by John Coltrane’s late work, which is clearly audible in his own projects, such as the Jeroen Van Herzeele Quartet. He starts an intense collaboration with Italo-Belgian drummer Giovanni Barcella, who is a true soulmate. Together, they can be heard and seen in theatre production De Heilige Sint-Christoffel (Saint Christopher), commissioned by Arts Centre De Werf and  Silence Fini.

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