Saskia Laroo

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Saskia Laroo
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Background information
Born (1959-07-31) 31 July 1959 (age 55)
Origin Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Nu jazz, jazz rap, jazz fusion, post-bop, bossa nova
Instruments Trumpet, saxophone, vocals, cornet, piano, upright bass
Associated acts Hans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer, Frank Wright, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Toots Thielemans

Saskia Laroo (born July 31, 1959 in Amsterdam), is a Dutch jazz musician who has been dubbed the "Lady Miles Davis".[1]


Laroo was born in the Jordaan in Amsterdam,[2] the eldest of four daughters. When she was six the family moved to Den Ilp. Laroo went to secondary school in Zaandam. In Den Ilp she played the cornet in the fanfare orchestra De Eendracht. On her 18th she moved back to Amsterdam to study mathematics, but instead soon got involved in the city music scene, and switched to trumpet. A year later she went to the Conservatory of Alkmaar, where she studied trumpet, piano and bass. On her 25th birthday she graduated in light trumpet music from the Conservatory of Hilversum.[3]

Laroo played in large part in the Fra Fra Sound, as well as working with Rosa King, Hans Dulfer,[4] his daughter Candy Dulfer, Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Roy Hargrove[5] and Teddy Edwards. In 1982 she made her first recordings, and in 1994 she founded her own record label, Laroo Records.[4]



  • It's Like Jazz (Saskia Laroo Band, 1995)
  • Bodymusic (Saskia Laroo, 1998)
  • Jazzkia (Jazzkia, 1998)
  • Sunset Eyes 2000 (Saskia Laroo meets Teddy Edwards, 1998)
  • Really Jazzy (Saskia Laroo, 2008)
  • Two of a Kind (Saskia Laroo with Warren Byrd, 2011)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Rabiański, Radosław (2006). Krakowska scena muzyczna: encyklopedia : piosenka, jazz, rock, heavy metal, muzyka alternatywna, hip-hop, muzyka klubowa. Muzyka Iagellonica. p. 86. ISBN 978-83-7099-139-5. 
  2. ^ Bedford, Neal; Simon Sellars (2007). The Netherlands. Lonely Planet. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-74104-299-3. 
  3. ^ Keim, Friedel (2005). Das grosse Buch der Trompete: Instrument, Geschichte, Trompeterlexikon. Schott. p. 554. ISBN 978-3-7957-0530-5. 
  4. ^ a b Goossens, Jesse (2004). Slow up!: Vincent Bijlo, Ivo Opstelten, Tessa de Loo en vele anderen over de kunst van het genieten. Lemniscaat Publishers. p. 37. ISBN 978-90-5637-632-1. 
  5. ^ Barnhart, Scotty (2005). The world of jazz trumpet: a comprehensive history & practical philosophy. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-634-09527-6.