Lucas Santana is an upcoming saxophone player in the Netherlands’ and Brazil’s jazz scene. He had the opportunity to join several renowned groups both as a student and professionally and now Lucas is dedicating his time to the release of his albums, “Reflections” and “Ambivalence”.
Nathalie Schaap made a great impression on her final exam at the Conservatory. Her virtuous combination of singing and playing the double bass did not stay unnoticed for long. Nathalie won several prizes, during the Christina Jazz Concours, de ‘Vriendenprijs’ from Artez Conservatory, a finalist place at the Conservatory Talent Award during Jazz in Duketown.
Nathalie is actively working on her own projects, Cousin Hatfield, and the Medan Trio. Next to her own projects, she work(ed)s with Douwe Bob, Bertolf, Tangarine, and many more.
Mr Sekpol Unsamran, more famously and affectionately known as Mr Saxman, has been winning awards for the last two decades. He started his career when he was 16, and has since performed in over 10 different countries and recorded 5 solo albums. He also performed in hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles. On-stage, he is a firebrand and a compelling musician.
Since then he performed in over 10 different countries and recorded 5 solo albums. He also performed in hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.
Koh began his professional career in 1989, when he was only 16 years old. Later he became a member of different bands such as Boy Thai Band (Thai modern music), The Jazz Infinity (Thai Fusion Jazz) and T-Bone (Thai Reggae and Ska Band). Koh finally formed his own band called “The Funk Machine Band” playing fusion jazz, funky and pop jazz music and played in many clubs in Thailand.
During this time Koh performed with artists such as Bird (Thongchai Macintai), Jennifer Kim, Body Slam, Loso and many other top artists in Thailand. Koh also performed in several concerts and festivals in and out of Thailand such as:
– Tribute to Rewat Buddinant
– Seefah Deepblue Concert
– Bangkok Music Festival
– Hua-Hin Jazz Festival
– Bangkok International Jazz Festival
– Satoru Shionoya Group Jazz Concert (Thailand)
– Asian Art Festival (Singapore)
– Penang Jazz Festival (Malaysia)
– KL Jazz Festival (Malaysia)
– Jazz Festival in Sarawak (Malaysia)
– Sanya Jazz Festival (China)
– J-Asian pop concert (Japan)
– Thai Festival (Japan)
– Unit Asia Band Southeast Asia Tour 2008, (Singapore, MaLaysia, Brunei, Philippines, Japan)
– Thai @Trafalgar Square 2008, (UK)
– Unit Asia Band Japan Tour 2009, (Japan)
– Rhythm Meeting Band World Tour 2009, (India, Switzerland)
– Tastes of LONDON 2009, (UK)
– 15th World Saxophone Congress July 7-12 2009, (Thailand)
– World Travel Market 2009 (London)
Koh has released 5 solo albums as “Koh Mr.Saxman”, 4 albums with GMM Grammy (in the genre of Thai Pop and Fusion jazz), 1 album with own production and the latest album –The Sound of Saxman– with Mellow Tone. Many of his songs got extended radio play and reached the Top on radio charts.
In 2003, Koh won the prize for the “Best Instrumental Song of the Year” with the song “Rush Hour” from his first album “Mr.Saxman.”
Koh teaches music and saxophone in the music departments at Mahidol University, Kasetsart University, Rangsit University and at the KPN music academy. Koh has also organized the Saxophone community in Thailand into a society called the “Sax Society” (www.saxsociety.com) and he still continues to serve as an official Endorser of P.Mauriat Saxophones (www.pmauriatmusic.com).
Passionated by the Jazz music, today, he launched his own music house called “Chillin’ Groove Records” promoted through www.chillingroove.com.
“Chilling music” symbolizes a new way to feel the music melody shared with other brillant artists within Chillin’ Groove Records and called “Tasty Music”…
“Yes! Music will keep us alive…”
When the Beets name rings anywhere in the world, a jazz lover somewhere will stand up and listen. Tenor powerhouse Alexander Beets has garnered international acclaim with his explosive sound and undeniable swing over the last few decades, appearing in lineups with greats such as Igor Butman (RU), Deborah Brown (USA), Sylwester Ostrowski (PL) and Koh Mr Saxman (TH).}
Paying tribute to the legends that inspired him throughout the years, his latest release Big Sounds features original compositions as well as long-time favorites by Stanley Turrentine and Cole Porter, among others. Sporting a lineup of latest and greatest musicians, he is joined by Miles Davis Institute-acknowledged trumpeter Ellister van der Molen, Beets brother Marius on bass, no less than two Dutch drum prodigies in the form of Sven Rozier and Tim Hennekes and, finally, renowned jazz-meets-classical Sebastiaan van Bavel and Spanish powerhouse Miguel Rodriguez on piano.
Aside from his own quintet, Beets also works with Saskia Laroo International Band, New York Round Midnight Orchestra and the Sound of Siam Band. Citing Stanley Turrentine and Hank Mobley as two of his prime influences, Beets continues to charm audiences all over the world with a perfect blend of swing and ballads: a prime cocktail of contemporary tenor jazz.
Alexander Beets – sax
Nathalie Schaap – vocals & double bass
TBA. – drums
Bio Saskia Laroo
Saskia Laroo was hailed by American public and press at large as “Lady Miles of Europe”. She is one of the few women trumpet stylists and a delight on the music scene for almost four decades. Born in Amsterdam, it began for her on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming herself becoming a professional musician. That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in Mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, primarily on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet. Saskia Laroo combines today’s music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as “nu jazz” or “swingin’ body-music”–a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae, and world, that a select few others would dare venture. Her artistry and her groove ring vibrantly and free on her eight CD albums, a LP and a DVD, journeying us through all the music she has absorbed, played with heart and soul.
Saskia Laroo – trompet, voc
Warren Byrd – keyb, voc
Rap vocalist – MC Complex
Marius Beets – bas
Sven Rozier – drums
Special guest: Alexander Beets – sax