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The Jazzmania Big Band

o.l.v. Peter Guidi

The Jazzmania Big Band is the professional big band connected to the Jazz Department. As well as containing own compositions and arrangements, the repertoire consists mainly of material taken from the most important stages of jazz big band history. Beginning with compositions from Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton, the repertoire follows the historical development of the big bands from Count Basie and Woody Herman to Thad Jones and the modern arrangers of today.
Throughout the years the Big Band has been very active in the Amsterdam and Netherlands cultural scene, performing regularly at civic functions as well as top jazz clubs. It has also taken part in national and international jazz festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival and big band competitions where it has won a total of THIRTY TWO PRIZES.

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1993
The Big Band gave several special performances in Amsterdam including appearances at the 'Lido Theater', and the 'BIM Huis'.
Regular monthly Sunday jazz concerts at the 'Lido Cafe' on the Leidseplein Amsterdam.

1994
Performed in the Stadshouwburg, the Meervaart, the Theater Escape, the Nieuwe Kerk on the Dam, and the Amsterdam Stopera.
Participated in the Big Band Festival Sneek and the Big Band Festival Ijmuiden. Appeared on the Amsterdam jazz club circuit including regular performances at 'Parker's' jazz club.
Represented the city of Amsterdam at the 'International Big Band Jamboree' held in Dijon, France.

1995
Performed at the 'Gouden Notenkraker' prize ceremony for the Nederlandse Toonkunstenaars Bond, presenting a special arrangement together with the prize winning jazz group 'THE HOUDINIS'.
Contributed to the Amsterdan Freedom Celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. Performed a special programme from the Glenn Miller repertoire. Represented the city of Amsterdam at the 'European Youth Music Festival' in Budapest, Hungary, where 10,000 young musicians from countries within the European Union took part.
Played at an open air festival organised by the 'Lion's Club'.
First orchestra from the Muziekschool Amsterdam to make a professional recording: the C.D. entitled 'Target Practise'.

1996
Took part in a 'Big Band Battle' at the Odeon Theatre. Performed at the Club Meander one of Amsterdams famous jazz venues. Performance of a specially arranged piece for big band and orchestra in colaboration with the Amsterdam Youth Orchestra one of the high points of the 'Dag van de Muziek' festival in Amsterdam.
Represented Amsterdam at the 'International Music School Festival' held in Dortmund, Germany.
Took part in a 'Big Band Battle' together with the Jan Molenaar Big Band at the Odeon Theatre.
Performed at the 'Tuschinsky Jubileum Feest'
in Amsterdam's renowned Tuschinsky Cinema. Official release and presentation of the cd 'Target Practise', at the Odeon Theatre Amsterdam.

1997
The big band was accepted as part of the LOKV programme (the Dutch Institute of Art Education) with the aim of bringing jazz back to the High Schools in the Netherlands. Participated in a BIG BAND BATTLE' at the ODEON THEATER with the HARINGEY BIG BAND' from London.
Represented Holland at the VENTISSIMO FESTIVAL' in Mantes La Ville (Paris). Performed a specially arranged piece for big band, orchestra and choir together with the AMSTERDAM YOUTH ORCHESTRA & CHOIR' in the BEURS VAN BERLAGE during the EUROTOP celebrations in Amsterdam.
Participated in a BIG BAND BATTLE' together with the AMSTERDAM SWEELINK CONSERVATORY BIG BAND' at the ODEON THEATER.
From November the Jazzmania big band, together with other groups from the MSA Jazz Workshops, began a series of monthly Sunday jazz concerts at the ODEON THEATER.

1998
The Jazzmania big band represented the city of Amsterdam at the 'EUROPEAN YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL' in Barcelona, Spain, where 15,000 young musicians from the European Union took part.
Participated in a BIG BAND BATTLE' at the ODEON THEATER with the HILVERSUM CONSERVATORY BIG BAND' together with special guest trumpetist BENNY BAILEY. Performed at the MUSIC EXPO' in the AHOY STADIUM in Rotterdam.

1999
Performed a special programme in the CONCERTGEBOUW AMSTERDAM for an audience of 500 young people to introduce children and teenagers to jazz and big band music. The program was presented by Jeroen Kramer host of the popular childrens' T.V. program Klokhuis'.
The Jazzmania big band was invited to perform at the PILSNER BIG BAND FESTIVAL in the Czech Republic.
Performed at the STEDELIJK MUSEUM in Amsterdam as part of the AMERICAN ADVENTURES' week. Appeared at the HOFGEEST MUSIC FESTIVAL in the Bijlmermeer Amsterdam.
In August the big band became the first jazz group to perform at the famous LOWLANDS POP FESTIVAL in Dronten. The concert was a great success.

2000
In January 2000 the band began a run of monthly concerts at the CLUB MEANDER, one of Amsterdam's major jazz venues. Each concert features a top musician from the Dutch jazz scene as guest soloist, including Toon Roos, and Jasper Blom on tenor sax, Jarmo Hoogendijk and Ruud Breuls on trumpet and Rob van Bavel on piano. In February the Jazzmania big band celebrated its 10 year jubilee at the AKHNATON in Amsterdam. Past editions of the band were reformed especially for the occasion and previous band members, now well established performers in the Dutch jazz scene, were featured as guest soloists and arrangers. In April the Jazzmania big band was invited to play in the JAZZ 2000 FESTIVAL in Budapest, Hungary where it won the Special Jury Prize. In July the band played at the first DUTCH JAZZ CONGRESS in The Hague, at the SCHEVENINGEN PIER FESTIVAL and at the NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL.
In august the band performed at the prestigious Amsterdam 'UITMARKT' Festival.

2001
The band continued it's monthly run at the CLUB MEANDER featuring top soloists such as Yuri Honing on tenor sax, Benjamin Herman on alto sax, trombonist Bert Boeren and Menno Dams on trumpet. In May the band was invited to perform at the HARKANY BIG BAND FESTIVAL in Harkany, Hungary. In August it performed at the Amsterdam 'UITMARKT' Festival for the second year running.

2002
In 2002 the big band began a regular monthly performance at the 'POMPOEN CLUB', Amsterdam's leading jazz venue, featuring top Dutch and international instrumentalists as guest soloists. In July the band was invited to perform at the prestigious 'NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL' where it received a standing ovation. In 2002 the Jazzmania big band also recorded a new cd 'New Impressions' released by Munich Records. The presentation was held in Amsterdam at the BIM Huis (the Dutch 'temple' of jazz) in November.


2003
In 2003 the Jazzmania big band began a series of concerts featuring guest soloists at Amsterdams' HEEREN VAN AEMSTEL as well as performing in the club ATLANTIS, ALKMAAR and in the club PANNONICA the new major jazz venue in The Hague. In March the big band played on TROS Sesjun Live, Hollands' top jazz radio program. In June t
he band also performed in the Amsterdam VONDEL PARK open air theater. In August the big band was invited to play a week in RIVA DEL GARDA, Italy performing at the NOTTE DI FIABE festival.

2004
The regular monthly series of performances with the Jazzmania big band at the popular Heeren van Aemstel continued with guest soloists Jan Wessels, Gerlo Hesselink, Tineke Postma, Loet van der Lee and Benjamin Herman. In June the band won the 1st prize in the 1st International Big Band Competition in Kerkrade. In July the band was once more invited to perform at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival.
In August the big band was invited to play a week in RIVA DEL GARDA, Italy performing at the NOTTE DI FIABE festival. In October Jazzmania released it's new cd 'Further Impressions' released by Munich Records. The presentation was held in Amsterdam at the BIM Huis (the Dutch 'temple' of jazz).

2005
The regular monthly series of performances with the Jazzmania big band at the popular Heeren van Aemstel continued with guest soloists Bart van Lier, Lars Dietrich, Dennis Gabel and Sjoerd Dijkhuizen. In May 2005 the Jazzmania big band was invited to perform at the Sibiu Jazz Festival in Roumania where they played a 2 hour program which was broadcast live on Roumanian national and international television. In the autumn Jazzmania began a newe series of bi-monthly concerts at the BIM Huis Amsterdams; new temple of jazz.

2006
In 2006 the Jazzmania big band continued with its bi-monthly series of concerts at the BIM Huis with special guest soloists including prize-winner Benjamin Herman on alto sax. In June the band added to its long prize list (see below) by winning the 2nd International Big Band Competition in Kerkrade. In July Jazzmania performed at the renowned North Sea Jazz Festival at its new location in the Ahoy in Rotterdam - one of the largest jazz festivals in the world.

2007
In 2007 the Jazzmania big band continued with its bi-monthly series of concerts at the BIM Huis with special guest soloists including tenor saxophonist Dick de Graaf and the Oliver Nelson Project. In the summer the Jazzmania big band toured Italy including appearances at Barga Jazz Festival, Abbazia di Spineto, Castello Guidi and the Riva del Garda Festival.

2008
In 2008 the Jazzmania big band continued with its bi-monthly series of concerts at the BIM Huis. In May the band won the 1st prize in the Dutch National Big Band Competition held during the Meer Jazz Festival. In the same competition individual band members also won two prizes for best soloist bringing the total of prizes won by Jazzmania to thirty one. In June the band will perform in the Alkmaar Big Band Festival and in September Jazzmania performed at the Divina Jazz Festival in Naples, Italy. In November the band won the 1st prize in the 3rd International Big Band Competition in Kerkrade bringing the total of prizes to Thirty One.

2009
The Jazzmania big band performed concerts in the BIM Huis Amsterdam's Temple of Jazz as well as playing in the Meer Jazz Festival in Hoofddorp. The band performed at the iJazz festival in Amsterdam and together with the Jazz Focus big band began a series of monthly concerts in the Toomler Club Amsterdam.

2010

The big band was invited to perform at Amnsterdam's prestigious Concertgebouw Concert Hall for a lunch concert with the nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Denise Jannah. Tha band also celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special party and performance in the BIM Huis. The band also performed at the Seven Bridges Festival in Amsterdam. In July as part of the 20 the anniversary celebrations Jazzmania performed at the internationally renowned North Sea Jazz Festival in the Rotterdam Arena.

2011
The Jazzmania big band performed in the Amsterdam Paradiso as part of the Jazz in Paradise evening. In November the band won the 1st prize in the 3rd International Big Band Competition in Kerkrade bringing the total of prizes to Thirty Two. The band was also invited to perform at the Jazz in Duketown Festival in Den Bosch.

2012
The big band performed again at the Paradiso for the Jazz in Paradise concert together with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. It also performed at the IJazz Festival in Amsterdam. The band was once again invited to perform at the Jazz in Duketown Festival in Den Bosch.

2013
Jazzmania was invited once more to perform at the prestigious Concertgebouw Concert Hall for a lunch concert featturing the new BUSTED program comprising themes from Gangster and detective movies and t.v. series. The programe featured vocalists Sanne Huijbrechts and Denise Jannah. The band also performed a series of concerts dedicated to the music of Frank Sinatra with vocalist Mathilde Santing including in the BIM Huis and Comedy Theater Amsterdam.

2014

Jazzmania continued to perform the BUSTED series of concerts in various venues in The Netherlands and including the Comedy Theater, Amsterdam and the Jazz in Duketown Festival in Den Bosch. The band also performed together with the Jazz Focus big band in the Amsterdam BIM Huis as part of the MA Jazzavond.

Prizes

Since the formation of the first band in 1988 the Jazzmania Big Band has won THIRTY TWO PRIZES. Including FIVE SECOND PRIZES and EIGHTEEN FIRST PRIZES in national and international big band competitions. These are:

1st PRIZE: 'EUROPEAN BIG BAND COMPETITION', held in the former West Berlin in May 1988, the year in which it was European Culture Capital.

1st PRIZE: '3rd INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SCHOOL BIG BAND COMPETITION', during the 'WERELD MUZIEK CONCOURS' in Kerkrade, June 1993

1st PRIZE: 'DE JAZZ PRIJS' - at the 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND FESTIVAL', held in Velsen in October 1994

1st PRIZE: 'DE JAZZ PRIJS' - at the 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND FESTIVAL' , held in Velsen in October 1995

1st PRIZE: '4th INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SCHOOL BIG BAND COMPETITION', during the WERELD MUZIEK CONCOURS' in Kerkrade, June 1996

1st PRIZE: 'DE JAZZ PRIJS' at the 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND FESTIVAL', held in Velsen in February 1997

2nd PRIZE: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the MEER FESTIVAL in Hoofddorp, May 1997

1st PRIZE: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the MEER FESTIVAL in Hoofddorp, May 1998

1st PRIZE: 'NORTH HOLLAND BIG BAND COMPETITION' in Heerhugowaard., November 1998

1st PRIZE: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the MEER FESTIVAL in Hoofddorp, May 1999

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: ‘JAZZ 2000 FESTIVAL' BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, April 2000

1st PRIZE: ‘INTERIEUR' BIG BAND FESTIVAL in Meppel, May 2000

2nd PRIZE: BIG BAND COMPETITION in The Hague, June 2000

1st PRIZE: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the MEER FESTIVAL in Hoofddorp, May 2000

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: ‘INTERIEUR' BIG BAND FESTIVAL in Meppel, October 2001: A performance on the prestigious 'TROS Sesjun' jazz radio program.

1st PRIZE: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the MEER FESTIVAL in Hoofddorp, May 2002

2nd PRIZE: 'DUTCH BIG BAND COMPETITION' in Enschede, May 2004

1st PRIZE: '1st INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SCHOOL BIG BAND COMPETITION', Concert category, during the WERELD MUZIEK CONCOURS' in Kerkrade, June 2004

2nd PRIZE: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the MEER FESTIVAL in Hoofddorp, May 2006

1st PRIZE: '2nd INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SCHOOL BIG BAND COMPETITION, Concert Category', during the 'WERELD MUZIEK CONCOURS' in Kerkrade, June 2006

2nd PRIZE: 'BIG BAND COMPETITION' in Alkmaar, June 2006

1st PRIZE: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the MEER FESTIVAL in Hoofddorp, May 2008

1st PRIZE: '3rd INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SCHOOL BIG BAND COMPETITION, Concert Category', during the 'WERELD MUZIEK CONCOURS' in Kerkrade, November 2008


In addition members of Jazzmania have won the following individual prizes:

Best Drummer: ‘NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the MEER FESTIVAL in Hoofddorp, May 1998

Best Soloist: ‘INTERIEUR' BIG BAND FESTIVAL in Meppel, May 2000

Best Drummer: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the Meer Festival in Hoofddorp, May 2002

Best Soloist: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the Meer Festival in Hoofddorp, May 2002

Best Saxophone Player: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the Meer Festival in Hoofddorp, May 2002

Best Soloist: 'DUTCH BIG BAND COMPETITION' in Enschede, May 2004

Best Soloist: 'BIG BAND COMPETITION' in Alkmaar, June 2006

Best Saxophone Player: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the Meer Festival in Hoofddorp, May 2008

Best Trumpet Player: 'NETHERLANDS BIG BAND COMPETITION' at the Meer Festival in Hoofddorp, May 2008


In total bands under Peter Guidi have won EIGHTY SEVEN prizes. For a complete list click here.

Click here for Jazzmania's Double DVD 'Jazzmania Live in the Bimhuis' and 'Serious Fun'.

Check out the LATEST Jazzmania cd 'FURTHER IMPRESSIONS'.

Check out the Jazzmania cd 'NEW IMPRESSIONS'.

Visit the 'Jazzmania' Big Band's own web site
See the 'Jazzmania' big band web site for photos, samples, repertoire and gig list.

 

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