Ack van Rooyen & Jeroen Manders Quintet
Ack van Rooyen's career in the jazz circuit and as a studio musician covers a broad spectrum. Born on New Year's day 1930, he graduated cum laude from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in 1949. He subsequently joined the Arnhem Symphony Orchestra where he played until 1952. In the meantime his interests were turning more to jazz and improvisation.
On a student trip to the United States with his brother Jerry an Rob Pronk, they heard the new sounds being created on New York's 52nd street and were among the first to introduce the New Music to Holland.
A period of interaction with leading musicians in larger and smaller formations throughout Europe followed. Returning to Holland he established himself in the Hilversum studios. Then to France for three years playing with the Aimé Barelli Orchestra during which time he was also active on the Paris jazz scene.
Moving on to Germany, Ack joined the newly formed SFB Bigband in Berlin, and later the SDR Orchestra in Stuttgart. During this period he toured and recorded with the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra as a featured soloist. Together with Wolfgang Dauner and Albert Mangelsdorff he toured Asia and South America. He is a charter member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble as well as Peter Herbolzheimer's Rhythm Combination and Brass. He has played with Clark Terry and the Gil Evans Orchestra on their European tours.
Presently Ack is based in Holland where he works with his own quintet, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra and in duo with Juraj Stanik. He was a staff teacher at the conservatory in The Hague and continues to lead workshops and coach Bigbands throughout Europe.
September 9th 2006 King Wolfgang Ernst of Ysenburg und Büdungen declared trompeter Ack van Rooyen “Knight of Ronnenburg"
Ack plays Hub van Laar instruments.
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. After two years he changed to the saxophone under the tutelage of John Ruocco. Other teachers included Frans Elsen and Peter Niewerf. He has performed regularly at the Northsea Jazzfestival with various ensembles. In 1996 he recorded a cd with the swingband, ‘The Land of Oobladee’, first-prize winners at the famous jazzcontest of Breda in 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 jazzscene: Boris van der Lek, Ben vd Dungen, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Marco Kegel, Juraj Stanik, Rob Agerbeek en Frans Elsen. 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.
The rhythm section of this wonderful quintet consists of three great jazz professionals that have been playing
together for many years: Erik Robaard (double bass), Marc van Roon (piano) and Wim Kegel (drums)