Dick de Graaf

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Dick de Graaf (born November 17, 1954 in Nijkerk ) is a Dutch modern jazz musician . He plays the tenor saxophone and flute .

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De Graaf learned the flute as a student. During his linguistics studies , he switched to the tenor saxophone and studied from 1980 to 1985 at the Rotterdam Conservatory . During this time he played in a duo with the pianist Albert Veenendaal and successfully completed several competitions for young talent. He also played in the big bands of John Clayton , Jeff Reynolds and Frank Grasso and was a member of the "Amster Octets" from 1984 to 1987. With his own quartet he recorded the album "Hot, Hazy and Humid" and went on international tours. In 1987 he founded a septet with which he gave concerts in Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Canada and Switzerland and recorded four albums. He was also in smaller combo line-ups as well as in several, e.g. Trios with unusual cast and a woodwind ensemble are active. In performances and in the studio he also played with Chet Baker , Han Bennink , Misha Mengelberg , Jasper van't Hof , Tom Harrell , John Engels , Rein de Graaff and Tony Lakatos . With young griot musicians from Mali , he developed the Djigui: les Sofas de Bamako project , which also performed at the Mundial 2000 Festival in Tilburg . In 2002 he received a composition commission for the Franz Schubert Festival in Basel .

Since 1989 he has been teaching at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 1994 he received the "Challenge Award". According to Martin Kunzler , as a composer and arranger he has “enormous color reliability”.

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