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Iman Spaargaren

Iman is a multi-reed player, arranger and composer. He has a distinctive way of playing and a very personal tone on his horn. Over the past years Iman has been busy with a wide variety of music groups such as Undercurrent Trio, StarkLinnemann Quartet, Voice of Monk, Iman Spaargaren Quartet & Septet, Captain Hook, European Union Quartet and Thelonious4. He is actively involved in the theatre piece My Father Held A Gun and the dance & music performance We Are The Everlasting Guests.

In 2019 Iman released High Tide Low Tide on Flea Boy Records with Undercurrent Trio featuring Guillermo Celano and Marcos Baggiani. In 2018 Iman released the album Pictures at an Exhibition with StarkLinnemann Quartet as well as a double album in 2016: Transcending Chopin II & III. Two other albums were released in 2013: In The Moment with Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent on EyemanRecords and Thelonious4 meets Tony Miceli on DotTime Records.

In 2012 Iman and his Iman Spaargaren Quartet did the prestigious Young VIPs Tour 2012. He released the third album with Thelonious4 featuring Tony Miceli. A series of concerts followed with Thelonious4 in the US and with European Union Quartet in Holland, Belgium and the UK. October 2011 brought the release of the second album of the European Union Quartet called 'The Dark Peak'. It's on the O.A.P. label and contains a lot of originals of Iman's. Just before that he released the burning live cd 'Live at the Hot House' with Thelonious4

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”Iman Spaargaren: a busy man, not deprived of outstanding musical qualities, as an instrumentalist as well as a composer” (Jacques Los, Draaiomjeoren)

“Spaargaren excels in strong melodies and lyricism” (Jan Jasper Tamboer, Jazzenzo)

“Iman is an important player in the Dutch jazzscene” (Jazzflits)

“Iman Spaargaren is a saxophonist with a melodic approach. When digging deeper in his thematic material, Iman looks for a marriage between story telling and exploring” (Hessel Fluitman, Jazzflits)

“Iman Spaargaren sorgt mit seiner Bassklarinette für fantastisch-groteske Sounds und mit seinem Tenor für heisse Exkursionen” (Hans-Jürgen Schaal, High Fidelity)

“Iman Spaargaren spielt sein Tenor Saxofon – nach einer herrlich-entspannten Piano- /Holzblasinstrument-Phase – in der freien Improvisation des Free Jazz

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

Online Jazz & Improvisation Lessons on saxophone and clarinet. Find out more here:

Sonny Rollins
John Coltrane
Joe Henderson
saxophone, tenor



Different Roots

Red Piano Records


High Tide Low Tide

Flea Boy Records



Self Produced



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