Toon Roos
* April 11, 1964
The Netherlands
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Toon Roos (say Tone Rose) , born 11 April 1964, started his international career with his performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1984, after which an extensive tour in Holland and abroad followed immediately. That year he recorded his debut album First Impression for Timeless Records and he received the Wessel Ilcken Prize, an encouragement prize for young jazz talent. In 1985 Toon finished his study at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Ferdinand Povel.

He was teacher at the Conservatory of Maastricht for ten years, and was a guest teacher at the conservatories of Hilversum and Groningen. At this moment Toon teaches at the jazz departments of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Conservatory of Utrecht.

Toon has performed and recorded several albums as a band leader with the Toon Roos Quartet and the Toon Roos Group, and as a member or guest soloist with many jazz and fusion groups.

Since 1984 Toon has travelled and performed in clubs, theatres and at jazz festivals through out Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Bulgaria, the Caribbean, Mexico, the USA and China.

Over the years he performed and/or recorded with international celebrities such as Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Jack Macduff, Art Blakey, George Mraz, Enrico Pieranunzi, Hein van de Geyn, Philippe Catherine, Pete Christlieb, David Fathead Newman, and Bob Brookmeyer.

He was a member of reputed jazz orchestra’s such as the John Clayton Big Band and The Netherlands Concert Jazz band directed by Henk Meutgeert. He performed and recorded as guest soloist with the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra on several occasions directed by Jerry van Rooyen, Rob Pronk and Vince Mendoza.

Another mainstay of Toon’s musical career is the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, of which Toon has been a permanent member and regular soloist ever since its formation in 1983. The renowned orchestra under the direction of conductor and arranger Jerry van Rooyen has scored many successes in The Netherlands and the USA. These include the performance and recordings of newly discovered works of composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn, in his time the right-hand man of Duke Ellington. In the USA more than 12.000 copies were sold of the corresponding CD ‘Portrait of a Silk Thread’. The American press was unanimous in their enthusiasm for both the music and its execution by the Dutch Jazz Orchestra.

In 2001 Toon Roos has won the prestigious Bird Award, an international jazz prize, presented annually during the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague. The prize consisted of a bronze statuette and an invitation to play at the festival the next year.

For the first time in years there was only one category for the Award: ‘Talent Deserving Wider Recognition’. A special jury had nominated ten musicians for this ‘new style’ Bird Award, among which Bill Frisell, David Liebman, Chris Potter, Ack van Rooyen, Jesse van Ruller, and Maria Schneider. By internet the public voted for Toon Roos as the ultimate winner.
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