Jetse de Jong
Pianist | Composer
Jetse de Jong (1997) is a Dutch pianist and composer. After hearing the joyful Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino at a very young age, Jetse decided to become a pianist. Both as a leader and accompanist Jetse has been performing in a wide variety of settings and styles including blues, bebop, modern jazz, free improvisation and gospel. (see projects). He performed concerts, appeared on radio and television in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Slovenia. He is fascinated by the authentic quality of folk song, classical music and the endless possibilities of improvisation which becomes evident in his way of composing and playing.
Due to this broad range of styles and versatile way of playing Jetse is much in demand as an accompanist. He played amongst others with Laura Fygi, Jim van der Zee and Michael Varekamp. During his conservatory period he accompanied masterclasses by David Linx, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Ronald Douglas and Judy Niemack.
From 15 years old he studied at the conservatory of Arnhem and Amsterdam, participating in the young talent programmes of both schools before entering the bachelor course of the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He graduated there in 2019 having studied there with a.o. Matthijs Verschoor (classical piano), Rob van Bavel and Harmen Fraanje (jazz).
Inbetween all the music that's going on Jetse is an avid reader, loves visual art and watching movies.
- Artist in Residence at the Breda Jazz Festival 2017
- Finalist of the French TV show 'La Grande Battle' 13 november 2011 on France 2 with Tony Vitti
- Finalist of 'The Clash of the Coverbands' 2016 with the Not2Bigband
- Release of debut EP 'Prana' in april 2017 by the Jetse de Jong trio
- Composed the score for the film 'The Overcoat' in 2017, screened in Film Festival Cannes, Court Métrage, Berlin Short Film Festival
- Eddy Nielsen Trio Album release in June 2019
- Single release of 'Benjamin Lucas' featuring John Scofield(!) in June 2019
- Debut album release ‘Intercities’ november 2019 by the De Jong/Rebane/Kantonen Trio
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