Jesse van Ruller

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Jesse van Ruller
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Background information
Birth nameJesse van Ruller
Born (1972-01-21) 21 January 1972 (age 47)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

Jesse van Ruller (born 21 January 1972) is a Dutch jazz guitarist and composer. He won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition in 1995 and has recorded several albums as a leader and more as a sideman.

Early life[edit]

Van Ruller was born in Amsterdam on 21 January 1972.[1] He started playing the guitar at the age of seven.[1] "He continued his studies at Miami University, Ohio (MM 1995), and in 1995 won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition in Washington, DC."[1]

Later life and career[edit]

Van Ruller recorded two quintet albums for Bluemusic: European Quintet in 1996 and Herbs, Fruits, Balms and Spices two years later.[1] He went on to record three albums for Criss Cross Jazz.[2][3] These were Here and There and Circles in 2002, and Views in 2005.[3] The guitarist composed almost all of the pieces played on the last two.[3]


As leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1996 European Quintet Bluemusic Quintet[1]
1998 Herbs, Fruits, Balms and Spices Bluemusic Quintet[1]
2002 Here and There Criss Cross Some tracks quartet, with David Hazeltine (piano), Nat Reeves (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums); some tracks trio, with Frans Van Geest (bass), Willie Jones III (drums)[3][4]
2002 Circles Criss Cross Quartet, with Seamus Blake (tenor sax), Sam Yahel (organ), Bill Stewart (drums)[3]
2005 Views Criss Cross Quartet, with Seamus Blake (tenor sax), Sam Yahel (organ), Bill Stewart (drums)[3]

As sideman[edit]

Year recorded Leader Title Label
1999? Benjamin Herman Get In Challenge
2001 David Hazeltine Good-Hearted People Criss Cross[5]
2001 Clarence Penn Play-Penn Criss Cross[6]
2002 John Swana On Target Criss Cross[7]
2003? Fleurine Fire Coast to Coast[8]
2005? Pete Philly and Perquisite Mindstate Anti-[9]
2009? Benjamin Herman Blue Sky Blond Dox
2010? Dave Liebman Lieb Plays Weill Daybreak-Challenge[10]
2011 Ramón Valle Flashes from Holland RVS
2012? Benjamin Herman Deal Dox
2013? Florian Ross Wheel & Wires Fuhrwerk
2019? Jasper Blom Polyphony Whirlwind[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f van Eyle, Wim (2003), Van Ruller, Jesse, Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, retrieved 21 December 2018
  2. ^ "Jesse van Ruller (G)". Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cook; Morton 2008, p. 1441.
  4. ^ Hovan, C. Andrew (17 September 2002). "Jesse van Ruller: Here and There". All About Jazz.
  5. ^ Cook; Morton 2008, p. 677.
  6. ^ Cook; Morton 2008, p. 1140.
  7. ^ Cook; Morton 2008, p. 1371.
  8. ^ Loudon, Christopher (March 2005). "Fleurine: Fire". JazzTimes.
  9. ^ "Pete Philly & Perquisite: Mind.State". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  10. ^ Waxman, Ken (May 2010). "Dave Liebman Group (Jazzwerkstatt): Lieb Plays Weill – David Liebman (Daybreak-Challenge)". All About Jazz: New York. No. 97. p. 28.
  11. ^ Cohen, Brad (April 2019). "Jasper Blom Quartet: Polyphony". DownBeat. Vol. 86 no. 4. p. 55.