Ad is a personality in the Dutch jazzscene with his interpretator, compositions and his unique sound on the tenor and sopranosaxophone.
Colen was born on July 12th 1961 in Geleen, Holland. In his formative years he played a variety of instruments, concentrating on the guitar for several years, before discovering his everlasting love: the saxophone. In 1990 he graduated from the Hilversum Conservatorium as a jazz musician, under the tuition of Adri van Velzen, Albert Beltman and Ferdinand Povel. Later on he went to New York to study with Dick Oatts. His talent was already in demand in the professional arena.
It was Colen’s versatility that attracted attention. Modern jazz, Big Band, funk, rock and Afro Caribbean music have all passed through his repertoire. With different groups and projects hetoured the United States, Morocco, Austria, Finland, Sweden and Greece . Since 1997 he has released 4 albums with his jazzquartet where he showed his capabilities as a composer and saxophoneplayer.
In 1997 the Ad Colen Quartet released their debut album “Naked” (Via Records). On “Naked” they are accompanied by Michiel Borstlap, winner of the Thelonius Monk Award 1997.‘Eyes Wide Open’ was the next cd that the quartet ( Rob van Bavel, Erik Robaard and Chris Strik ) released in 2000. The album ‘Bitter but Sweet” was released in march 2005 also by Ad’s own label Sweet Briar Music.