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During his childhood Jeroen passionately fell in love with music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie and from the age of 12 he started performing on trumpet and trombone with various local groups in the genre.
After his studies in comparative linguistics at Leiden University he enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague on the trombone, studying with Bart van Lier. Two years later Jeroen changed to the saxophone under the tutelage of John Ruocco. Other teachers included Frans Elsen and Peter Niewerf.
Jeroen has performed regularly at the North Sea Jazz Festival with various ensembles. In 1996 he recorded a cd with the swingband, ‘The Land of Oobladee’, first-prize winners at the famous Breda jazz contest 1995, followed up by the cd ‘Sweet and Swinging’ with the Ann Thomas Quintet, which was very succesfull in Japan. In the course of time he has performed with many wellknown artist on the Dutch and the international jazz scene: Boris van der Lek, Ben vd Dungen, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Marco Kegel, Juraj Stanik, Rob Agerbeek, Frans Elsen, Barry Harris, Bill Holman and Pat Metheny.
In 2013 the album To the Ends of the Earth was recorded under Jeroen's own name, featuring old fluegelhorn master Ack van Rooyen. The album was released — to much critical acclaim — on German label Mons Records.
His influences on the saxophone include: Lester Young, Don Byas, Ben Webster, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Buddy Tate, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson and Branford Marsalis.
Other instrumentalists that are an important inspiration: Dizzy Gillespie, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Vic Dickenson, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sonny Payne, Papa Jo Jones, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams.
"Jeroen Manders displays his musical roots
while looking ahead"