What was, and what will be

On sunday 22 nd of October at 15.30 we'll be playing with the trio in Café Sanders, Raadhuisstraat 6, Amsterdam

On sunday the 19th of november at 15.00 the trio with guest singer Anne Chris in the Berkhouter Kerk in Berkhout

On may July 2nd we had a very nice concert with the trio in Vondel CS in the Vondelpark, Amsterdam. This is where the TROS/AVRO broadcast company records television programs and has classicaland jazz concerts. Our guest was the wonderful saxophoneplayer Marike van Dijk. She brought a few beautiful originals and we played nice jazz standards as well. Maybe we'll have more concerts at Vondel CS in the near future.

The trio with Marike van Dijk - saxophone photo: A. Fledderus

The trio with Marike van Dijk - saxophone photo: A. Fledderus

In Hilversum there is a new venue called Mout and there we had the great pleasure to play with the wonderful singer Deborah Carter on thursdag May 11th.

The trio with Deborah Carter in Mout, Hilversum photograph: Xandra van Rossem

The trio with Deborah Carter in Mout, Hilversum photograph: Xandra van Rossem

Erik and me had the joy to play with Joy Misa and Enno Spaanderman in Café Humphrey's Law in the Hague on friday 11 th of august. That was great! With original music of Irv Rochlin, Tom Beek, Barry Harris, Frans Elsen a.o. All songs with the beautiful lyrics of Joy misa and the wonderful playing of Enno Spaanderman on tenor saxophone.

 

CD review in Jazznu by Rinus van der Heijden

Jazznu Jazzmagazine in The Netherlands published on May 26th a very nice review of 'New Horizons' by Rinus van der Heijden -  www.jazznu.com.

Here are a few quotes, also in English.

The ten pieces on this CD are paragons of discipline which three musicians in a pianotrio have to show. If bass and drums are subservient to the piano, you are quickly finished. But if anyone gives his individual share to lift the music to the highest plan, .... the flexibility to reduce the ego at the service of the overall concept. And that happens on New Horizons in abundance.

Already at the beginning sounds of the opening piece 'One for B.'you will be invaded in the atmosphere of The Modern Jazz Quartet. Discipline and beauty is the first thing that comes in mind. But later the Berend van den Berg Trio let you hear that timid improvisations, narrative ... material, thoughtful interplay and following the almost song-like storylines, can only come from loving craftsmanship and extensive study of what has brought the history of jazz.

...New Horizons, een titel die in dit verband voor zichzelf spreekt.

De tien stukken op deze cd zijn toonbeelden van de discipline die drie musici binnen een pianotrio moeten betonen. Als bas en drums zich dienstbaar aan de piano zouden opstellen, ben je snel uitgepraat. Maar als eenieder zijn individuele aandeel levert om de muziek naar het hoogste plan te tillen, dan wordt er niet alleen een beroep gedaan op de individuele speelkwaliteiten, maar ook op de flexibiliteit om het eigen ego te verkleinen ten dienste van het totaalconcept. En dát gebeurt op New Horizons volop.

Al bij de beginklanken van het openingsstuk One for B. word je de sfeer van het The Modern Jazz Quartet binnengetrokken. Tucht en schoonheid is het eerste wat je je daarbij bedenkt. Maar verderop laat het Berend van den Berg Trio horen dat bedeesde improvisaties, narratief samengesteld materiaal, bedachtzaam samenspel en het volgen van de bijna op liedjes lijkende verhaallijnen slechts kunnen voortkomen uit liefdevol vakmanschap en uitgebreide bestudering van wat de historie van de jazz heeft opgeleverd.

New Horizons is niet de definitie van de muziek waar het Berend van den Berg Trio voor staat. Wél de bevestiging dat we hier met schatbewaarders van doen hebben, die de jazztraditie op hun eigen, eerlijke manier, willen voortzetten.

RINUS VAN DER HEIJDEN

Berend van den Berg Trio – New Horizons
Gutman Records
www.berendvandenberg.com
www.gutmanrecords.nl

Berend van den Berg – piano
Erik Robaard – contrabas
Joost Kesselaar – slagwerk

Last months

The last months we did a few very nice concerts with singers Anne Chris and Humphrey Campbell. With Anne we've played an evening of music in The Observant in Amersfoort on wednesday May 11th. With Humphrey Campbell we had the wonderful opportunity to play on occasion of the International Day of Jazz in The Palais des Nations of the UN in Geneva on April 28th. We were invited by the Dutch Ambassador of The Permenant representation of The Netherlands in Geneva Roderick van Schraven. It's first secretary Quirine van de Linde did a wonderful job making the first contact and being our gracious hostess and intermediary. We also played for the guests of the ambassador in the Residence in Coppet on occasion of Dutch' Kingsday on the 27th of April. We had a wonderful tree days' experience.

With Quirine van de Linde and Humphrey Campbell in Geneva.

With Quirine van de Linde and Humphrey Campbell in Geneva.

We played concerts with the trio in the Drommedaris in Enkhuizen and in 'Jazz in Bakkum' on invitation of Jos van Beest and we had great musical events in The Mosterdzaadje in Santpoort Noord and in The Pianola Museum in Amsterdam.

Drommedaris in Enkhuizen. Photo A. Fledderus

Drommedaris in Enkhuizen. Photo A. Fledderus

Every last thursday of the month we play a set with a guest and a session afterwards in Cafe Leuten. Last time was 26th of May with singer Humphrey Campbell. Guitarplayer Joep Lumeij a.o. was there as well and played during the whole evening.

With Joost Kesselaar (dr), Erik Robaard (bass) and Joep Lumeij (gt) in Café Leuten. Photo P. Lehwald

With Joost Kesselaar (dr), Erik Robaard (bass) and Joep Lumeij (gt) in Café Leuten. Photo P. Lehwald

With Humphrey Campbell and Joep Lumeij in Café Leuten. Photo P. Lehwald

With Humphrey Campbell and Joep Lumeij in Café Leuten. Photo P. Lehwald

CD release 'New Horizons'

Vandaag (15 - 5 - '15) hebben we 'New Horizons' gepresenteerd in Vondel CS te Amsterdam, met radiopresentator en jazzburgemeester van Groot Amsterdam Co de Kloet, Erik Robaard en Joost Kesselaar. Het enthousiaste publiek van muziekliefhebbers , vrienden en familie zorgde voor een optimale sfeer voor de muziek. Jullie allemaal zeer bedankt! Een onvergetelijke dag.

Today (5 - 15 - '15) we've launched 'New Horizons' with radio host and producer Co de Kloet, Erik Robaard and Joost Kesselaar. With the audience of music lovers, family and friends we've created a very nice atmosphere. Good for music. Thank you all very much! Really unforgettable.

Co de Kloet

Co de Kloet

CD release 'New Horizons' with Trio Berend van den Berg, 5 - 15 -2015

Trio Berend van den Berg and Gutman Records are glad to present the new CD 'New Horizons' on friday the 15th of may  17.00 - 19.00 in Vondel CS, Vondelpark 3 in Amsterdam. Radio host and producer Co de Kloet will receive the cd and the trio will perform some pieces of the cd with Erik Robaard (bass) and Joost Kesselaar (drums). Please be welcome to join us in the afternoon.

 May 15 th, 17.00 - 19.00 in Vondel CS, Vondelpark 3 in Amsterdam.

 May 15 th, 17.00 - 19.00 in Vondel CS, Vondelpark 3 in Amsterdam.