Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Bert Lochs belongs to the rare breed of jazz trumpeters, that not only play in sections of both pop and jazz ensembles but also take jazz improvisation to the next level.
To reach this goal, he took lessons from Dutch jazz artists like Ack van Rooijen and Rob Madna, and played in several ensembles like Jeroen Pek Band, Bert Lochs/Dirk Balthaus Quartet, Big Bizar Habit, The Handsome Harry Company and Bert Lochs Inquisitive Quartet(BLIQ) all over Europe. From North Sea Jazz Festival to Montreux, BIM-huis to the Satchmo in Maribor, in all these places and more, his lyrical trumpet and his melancholy flugelhorn sounded.His style is abundant and introverted at the same time.
He is also busy developing as a composer for larger ensembles. He reached the finale of the Hoeilaert Jazzfestival International Composition Contest with his piece 'One for Me' in 2004, and recently the CD 'Wegsleepregeling van Kracht', was released. 24 poems by Dutch poet Hanz Mirck, surrounded, enhanced or commented by 24 pieces by Bert Lochs. The Guus Tangelder Bigband recorded this project in 2006.
Besides freelance gigs, he is part of the Guus Tangelder Bigband, part of the horn section in the dance classics band PFA, and leads his own Trio Bert Lochs.
Lochs is a gifted and versatile trumpet player: always investigative, seldom predictable; introspective and intimate. Hans Gulpen, De Gelderlander
Lochs a nimble and dexterous trumpet player, who reveals his virtuosity mainly in the moulding of his sound - hence the title of his cd. He is a man who truly knows how to make his flugelhorn sizzle, instead of just using the instrument for ballads. In Florian Zenker and Jasper Somsen he found his perfect sparring-partners: they completely follow the broad spectrum of atmospheres, rhythms and melodies Bert Lochs wishes to unleash upon the world. Herman Te Loo, Jazzflits, internet magazine
Bert freaks out in a very controlled way...he makes his trumpet speak, squeak, holler and wail. Jan Klupper, Muziekpodia
‘It is a pleasure listening to music which is born of today with firm roots in jazz, played by three musically and technically well-equipped musicians. Excellent, lyrical compositions.’ Ack van Rooijen, Dutch trumpet artist about 'Mouth Pieces'
Personally, I do believe that your music fits in with the best.... And you deserve to be heard.... I only play the best.' Mike Matheny, Radioio