Saskia Laroo

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Saskia Laroo
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Background information
Born (1959-07-31) 31 July 1959 (age 59)
OriginAmsterdam, Netherlands
GenresNu jazz, jazz rap, jazz fusion, post-bop, bossa nova
InstrumentsTrumpet, saxophone, vocals, cornet, piano, upright bass
Associated actsHans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer, 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 de Jordaan[2][better source needed] in Amsterdam, Netherlands[3] as the eldest of four daughters. When she was six the family moved to Den Ilp, a nearby village. Laroo went to secondary school in Zaandam. In Den Ilp she played the cornet in fanfare orchestra De Eendracht [nl]. On her 18th she moved back to Amsterdam to study mathematics, but instead soon got involved in the city's music scene, and switched to trumpet. A year later she went to the Conservatory of Alkmaar, where she studied trumpet, piano and upright bass. In 1985, when she was 25, she graduated as a jazz trumpet music teacher at the Conservatory of Hilversum.[4]

Laroo played around 1981 in the Surinamese band Fra Fra Sound, she started working with American blues vocalist and saxophonist Rosa King, with Dutch saxophonist Hans Dulfer,[5] and his daughter Candy Dulfer. Later on in her career she played with Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Roy Hargrove,[6] Teddy Edwards and Warren Byrd. In 1982 she made her first recordings as a side man; amongst others she played a solo on a song for Billy Preston's album: You can't keep a good man down, and in 1994 she founded her own record label, Laroo Records.[5] Her first CD album "It's Like Jazz"(1994), was co-produced with Rob Gaasterland, and was released in more than fifteen countries, amongst others in Japan, and speeded up the development of her international career. She toured with her own formations, amongst others with the Saskia Laroo Band, Jazzkia and Duo Laroo/Byrd to countries such as the USA, Canada, South Africa in 1996 en 2007, Brazilie, China in 2004 and 2007 and ze did 10 tours in India. She played on international festivals, like the Montreux Jazzfestival in 2006 and again in 2007 after receiving the Montreux Jazz Award. She received in 2010 an Indian peace prize, the Karmaveer Puraskaar of the iCongo organisation in New Delhi, India. In 2013 she recorded a DVD Live in Zimbabwe with her eight piece Saskia Laroo Band at the Harare International Festival of the Arts[7]



  • Saskia Laroo - It's Like Jazz (1994; CD album)
  • Saskia Laroo - Bodymusic (1998; CD album)
  • Saskia Laroo - Jazzkia (1999; CD album)
  • Saskia Laroo meets Teddy Edwards feat. Ernie Andrews - Sunset Eyes 2000 (1999; CD album)
  • Saskia Laroo - Really Jazzy ( 2008; CD album)
  • Duo Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd - Two of a Kind (2011; CD album)
  • Saskia Laroo Band - Live in Zimbabwe (2014; DVD)
  • Saskia Laroo Band - Live in Zimbabwe (2014; CD album)

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  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. ^ Jordaan
  3. ^ Bedford, Neal; Simon Sellars (2007). The Netherlands. Lonely Planet. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-74104-299-3.
  4. ^ Keim, Friedel (2005). Das grosse Buch der Trompete: Instrument, Geschichte, Trompeterlexikon. Schott. p. 554. ISBN 978-3-7957-0530-5.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Barnhart, Scotty (2005). The world of jazz trumpet: a comprehensive history & practical philosophy. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-634-09527-6.
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