Tineke Postma

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: August 31, 1978    

Tineke Postma

Tineke Postma is an internationally acknowleged active jazzsaxophonist. During her college years at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, she received two scolarships to study at the Manhattan School for Music in New York, where she was taught by Dick Oatts, David Liebman and Chris Potter. In 2003, Tineke gratuaded with Honors at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she has been teaching since 2005. Tineke plays energetic, modern jazz and is inspired by Wayne Shorter, Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and other great legends, without ignoring her own creativity. The British Newspaper “The Evening Standard” called Tineke in 2009 “One of the leading ladies in Jazz”!...
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International Awards: “ Jazz All Star Award” (2003) “Midem International Jazz Revelation of the Year Award” (2006) “Jazz Revelation of 2009 Award” as well as the “Public’s Favourite Award” at the Jazz à Juan Festival (France).

Dutch Awards: “Langs de Lijn Award” (2007), “Singer Laren Jazz Award” (2002), “Heijmans Award” (2004).

JAZZ (magazine) Dick Hovenga June 1, 2009 **** 1/2 • Every new album demonstrates that Tineke Postma keeps improving. • ‘The Traveller’is a solid album which should give Postma worldfame • The ensemble playing is impeccable. • The musicians offer the perfect base for Postma, who exceeds herself once again. Her playing is one time warm and sober, the next time lyrical and overwhelming.

JAZZISM (magazine) Coen de Jonge June 1, 2009 **** • Tineke Postma recorded a glorious album in New York. • On the CD “The Traveller” Tineke has obviously found her own gracious style. • The album radiates a great deal of confidence. The pieces are accessible, yet bear a benificial complexity.

De Telegraaf (National Newspaper) Jean Paul Heck June 7, 2009 • Tineke Postma, who is a world class saxophonist has an impeccably playing band.

NRC Handelsblad and NRC Next (National Newspapers) Amanda Kuyper May 22, 2009 • The new album of Tineke Postma is the most impressive until now. • Her modern jazz compositions are getting more depth, they are harmonically more free, less traditional and more personal.

Downbeat, Robert Doerschuk, January 2008 **** (USA) “Postma demonstrates an unusual ability to infuse melodic statements with expressive nuance. Her improvisations display a measured sense of development with no lapses into flashiness for its own sake.”

Telerama Michel Contat April 2008 (France) ” Tineke Postma asserts herself remarkably with some intrepidity as a style maker and her sensitivity convinces us she definitely is a genuine musician.”

The Guardian 26 januari 2008 (England) ” She is an intriguing new arrival.”

The Evening Standard, Jack Masserik, November 2007 **** (England) “Tineke Postma, from Amsterdam, is one of the world's leading female saxophonists and this, her third album, is her best yet. Her lines are hip and agile, yet distinctly feminine in their grace and sensitivity. Her well-crafted originals complete a production of unusual depth and taste.”

Volkskrant Koen Schouten, June 2007 **** (Holland) ”Postma is serious about her playing, she is not a musician trying to do something, she does it for real”.

Rondo Thomas Fitterling, November 2007 ***** (Germany) ”Tineke Postma is the shooting star of the Dutch Jazzscene!”

Jazz Times, Bill Milkowski, 2005 (USA) “Tineke exhibits a vivacious stage presence along with commanding chops on both alto and soprano saxes. She is a remarkable new talent and will most certainly kill Stateside audiences…”

Chris Potter, 2004 (USA) “I'm impressed by her confident command of the jazz language, her thorough knowledge of harmony, and most of all, by her ability to truly sing through her horn. ..”

Terri Lyne Carrington 2006 (USA) “ I thoroughly enjoyed Tineke's exceptional compositional skills and spirited improvising. To me music should tell a story, take the listener on a journey, motivate the mind, touch the soul and be sonically pleasing to the ear. Tineke’s music does all of the above…”

  • The Dawn Of Light

    Challenge Records
  • The Traveller

    Self Produced
  • The Traveller

    Challenge Records
  • A Journey That Matters

    Foreign Media Jazz
  • For the Rhythm

    215 Music/Munich Records

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