The Dutch Concert Big Band is a professional big band founded by drummer Kevin van den Elzen. The band consists of some the finest, young jazz musicians in the Netherlands. The concept of the Dutch Concert Big Band is to play lesser known or “almost forgotten” repertoire by the finest jazz artists in the world. Besides that, the bands goal is to play music from young, up-and-coming composers.

The DCBB has a residency at Sociëteit De Kring in Amsterdam every second Thursday, every other month. The DCBB is also the house orchestra of the Laren Jazz Festival where they accompany featured soloists.

Recently, the DCBB started working together with Trijntje Oosterhuis. We’re playing pieces from Trijntje’s repertoire for big band. This repertoire varies from her work with the New Cool Collective, her Stevie Wonder program and her latest collaboration with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. We are continuing to expand this repertoire with brand new pieces for her and the DCBB.

The band has played at the Grachtenfestival, the Amsterdam Jazz Festival and has played several times in the Bimhuis and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. They played with a.o. Paquito d’Rivera, Ack van Rooyen, Theo Loevendie, Fay Claassen, Shirma Rouse, Joris Roelofs, Humphrey Campbell and Mathilde Santing.

The first project of the DCBB is a tribute to Dutch Big Band Composers. The band has recorded a cd with original compositions written by the greatest big band composers from the Netherlands. The pieces are written by: Jerry van Rooyen, Rob Pronk, Frans Elsen, Rob Madna, Henk Meutgeert, Johan Plomp, Rik Elings, Jan Wessels and Henk Huizinga. Maarten Hogenhuis (alto), Jasper Blom (tenor) and Rik Mol (trumpet) are featured as guest soloists on the cd.

The band has expanded this project with compositions from young contemporary composers such as Floris van der Vlugt, Morris Kliphuis and Vincent Veneman.

The cd is available on Itunes, Spotify, Amazon and Cd Baby. For a physical copy of the cd, please send an e-mail to kevin.vandenelzen@gmail.com

The members of the Dutch Concert Big Band are:

Trumpetts: Ywo Lamonaca, Florian Sperzel, Gidon Nunez Vaz, Coos Zwagerman, Anne Marie ten Heggeler

Trombones: Jos van den Heuvel, Peter Keijsers, Matthias Konrad, Bart van Gorp

Saxophones: Jasper van Damme, Donald Simoen, Joao Driessen, Bernard van Rossum, Jessie Breve

Piano: Koen Schalkwijk

Guitar: Durk Hijma

Double Bass: Tobias Nijboer

Drums: Kevin van den Elzen / Felix Schlarmann