Ruud Bergamin Ruud Bergamin

Bergamin, Ruud saxophonist, composer, arranger, conductor and music teacher. Plays all types of saxophones and clarinet. He picked up the saxophone at the age 14 years, first the soprano saxophone, later on the tenor saxophone. Started to perform in a band at age 15 (Gouda, Revival Swing Combo). From that time he played in several groups, such as Gijs Hendriks orkest, Utrechts Jazz Orkest, Jazzmijn, De Boven¬toon, Nieuw Rotterdams Peil, B-Wegen, Kapsalon Orkest, Windkracht 13, Enterprise Big Band, Mood Indigo, OMUZO-band, Kwartet Wim Kegel, Formatie “Doodlin”, Lakers and Co, Brazi¬lianBreeze, Ruud Bergamin Quartet, Windmill Big Band, Aafje de Bloois Quintet, Jazzmer, Harry's Jazz en Blues¬band, B'Bounce Company.

He is now member of the band Cruise Control (Monk and Mingus - inspired music); the band Red Cool (trio with soft sounding music); and he has a duo with tango-pianist Wim Warman: TangoZZs; also in line up as TangoZZs&More (with violinist Ruzana Tsymbalova and bandoneonist Santiago Cimadevilla As a saxophone player he appears in several situations. He has permanent performances in Rotterdam (De Verandering; Galerie Kralingen) and is conductor of Big Bands and leader of jazz workshops. He studied form 1980 till 1985 at the teachers department of the Rotterdam Conservatory and was in that time also a part - time university teacher.

His most important jazzstyles are: “neobop”; bebop; mainstream¬jazz; freejazz; ïmprovised music; latin¬jazz; Swing and Groove music.

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Saxophone teacher since 1987. Independent working. All individual lessons on appointment. Information to find on my website.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Teaching jazzworkshops since 1980. All instruments welcome in this type of jazzworkshops. Repertoire: blues, hard bop, swing, own compositions. Special projects: music of Horace Silver; music of John Coltrane; groovy tunes. In the wokshop you can learn how to improvise. I give you information about chors, scales and there will be special emphasis on the use of motives in building a good improvised solo.

Albums by Ruud Bergamin

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