Tom Beek
* December 14, 1969
The Netherlands
Solo Artist
Tom is one of the most appealing Dutch sax voices today. His classy and lyrical sax style has made him one of the most in-demand players in the Dutch jazz, pop and fusion scene for more than 10 years. Not only has he built an impressive resumé as a sideman, he is quite active as a leader nowadays, following his debut-cd "White & Blue", which receives critical acclaim eveywhere. He is currently a member of Amina Fiagroa's Sextet/Septet, the Pitch Pine Project (Udo Pannekeet), the Jazzinvaders and the funk-band Seven Eleven. He works with singers Francien van Tuinen, Kasper van Kooten and Karin Bloemen.

Born on December 14, 1969 in Sittard (near Maastricht). He plays tenor sax, soprano sax, alto sax and EWI. He is active as a player, writer, producer and teacher.

Tom grows up in the city of Leiden (in between The Hague and Amsterdam), checking everything on the radio. At 13 he begins to play the alto sax, and checks out every record of Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, and Paul Desmond that he can get his hands on. During high school, Tom spent most of his evenings drinking cola, eating peanuts and watching concerts in a local jazzclub called The Duke, and soon he began to play at sessions there himself. Gradually, he also switched from cola to beer and from peanuts to grass. Anyway, Leiden had a small, but very active and inspiring jazz community. For example, piano player Karel Boehlee and guitar player Martijn van Iterson are considered to be among the finest players in the country. Tom becomes close friends with them (and with a lot of other great musicians), and he gets serious about music, which all leads to the next step:

After finishing high school, he attends the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. The demands of the school do not match Tom's own priorities, and he switches to the Hilversum Conservatory, where he studies with Ferdinand Povel and Rob Madna. He's performing, praticing and playing almost every day and everywhere. In this period of time, Tom makes a giant leap in his musical growth. After cleaning up his life style, in 1995 (at age 25) he graduates n Hilversum with very high marks.

Inspired by one of his heroes Michael Brecker, Tom decides to play the EWI in 1993. This opens a lot of new doors, as he begins to explore the world of synthesizers, computers and sound design. Building and his own collection of gear, he gets to play, write and produce a lot of AV-music (radio- and tv-commercials, tv-tunes etc.).

Tom's broad and sincere musical interest opens doors to all kinds of musical styles, from studio sessions to jazz festivals,, from theaters to big concert halls. Still, he like playing in jazzclubs the most. Tom encounters and works with almost anybody in the Dutch music scene (except for some local gothic trash rock groups, that is). Also. he has toured a lot outside Holland (see below). His main focus still is jazz above all, although by now he probably touched every thinkable musical ground. And of course, there's a lot more to come.... having worked on his own songs, and determined to build an audience all his own, 2006 seems to be of great musical importance for Tom.

Tom performed with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell and Bill Evans (sax) and with Dutch jazz legends Wim Overgaauw, Rod Madna, Rita Reys, Jerry van Rooyen, Rob van Kreefeld and Louis van Dijk.

Performed on the festival in 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. With Tom Beek Quintet, Jazzinvaders, Nemesis Quartet, Jesse van Ruller, Francien van Tuinen, Amina Figarova, Pitch Pine Project, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Michiel Borstlap, Jimmy Haslip en Pat Metheny.

Awards
1994 Middelsee Jazz Treffen/VPRO Jazzprize with the Nemesis Quartet
1994 Heineken Crossover Award with All the King’s Men
1995 NCRV’s Popslag with All the King’s Men
2004 finalist Deloitte Jazz Award 2004
2005 finalist (group prize) Dutch Jazz Competition 2005 best composition Dutch Jazz Competition with "White & Blue"

Tom worked with together with, among others, the following Dutch artists: Trijntje Oosterhuis, Michiel Borstlap, Karin Bloemen, Louis van Dijk, Rita Reys, Mathilde Santing, Laura Fygi, Paul de Leeuw, John Ewbank, Cor Bakker, Tonny Eyk, Ruth Jacott, André Hazes, Candy Dulfer, New Cool Collective, Kasper van Kooten, Berget Lewis, Edsilia Rombley, Madeleine Bell, Denise Jannah, Carlo de Wijs, Esther Hart, Francien van Tuinen, Seven Eleven, de Jay Horns, de Stylus Horns, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.

Some other facts
- Plays on approx. 50 cd’s.
- Played on countless radio and tv-shows
- Composer and/or producer of numerous radio- and tv-commercials: Heineken, Douwe Egberts, Nike, The Red Cross and Fortis Bank. Also tv-tunes: Yorin, SBS, NPS, RTL4, RTL5, Veronica.
- Saxophone teacher of the Fontys Conservatorium (jazz department) in Tilburg.
- Played and/or produced music for companies, events etc. Also music for dvd, cd-roms, seminars and presentations.
- Performed for the Dutch Royal Family in 1998 and 2000.
- All kinds of workshops and educational projects.
- Performed a very well-received solo vocal performance of famous Andre Hazes' tunes at age 11.
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