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Saskia Laroo

Saskia Laroo (1959) was hailed by American public and press at large as “Lady Miles of Europe”. She is one of the few women trumpet stylists and a delight on the music scene for almost four decades.

Born July 31, 1959 in Amsterdam, it began for her on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming herself becoming a professional musician.

That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in Mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, primarily on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet. Saskia Laroo combines today’s music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as “nu jazz” or “swingin’ body-music”–a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae, and world, that a select few others would dare venture.

Her artistry and her groove ring vibrantly and free on her eight CD albums, a LP and a DVD, journeying us through all the music she has absorbed, played with heart and soul.

Awards

International awards/prizes -2010: Saskia received an Indian peace prize, the Karmaveer Puraskaar, by the Icongo organization, New Delhi for doing a Jazz for Peace tour through India with her band in 2008. -2006: The Saskia Laroo Band was the winner of the Montreux “Under the Sky” Jazz competition, Montreux Jazzfestival, Switzerland -2005: Saskia Laroo was finalist in the International Song Competition (ISC) with Leemou from Saskia ‘s album Bodymusic (Laroo/Sylla)


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Some fools say jazz is also a monolith. Not as long as there are vibrant energizers like Laroo's crew playing. Her stage was small scale, but her performance was large. It was exactly the kind of thing that keeps jazz alive. Philip Woolever for AllAboutJazz, Nov 18, 2014

Laroo plays the stars out of the heavens, while her grooving band trundles on, fiercely propulsive. It is funk, jazz-dance and hip-hop in one. Stan Rijven for Dutch national newspaper Trouw Oct 17, 2014

“Her harmon mute playing on Blackbird managed to suggest [Miles] Davis without attempting to imitate him.” (Don Heckman, in LA Times

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John Coltrane
saxophone
Miles Davis
trumpet
Teddy Edwards
saxophone, tenor
Billie Holiday
voice / vocals
Hugh Masekela
flugelhorn
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Celia Cruz
voice / vocals
Stevie Wonder
keyboards

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Albums

Trumpets Around The...

Laroo Records
2019

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Live in Zimbabwe...

Laroo Records
2019

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Jazzdance

Laroo Records
2019

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Really Jazzy

Laroo Records
2008

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Sunset Eyes 2000

Laroo Records
2000

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Body Music

Stereo & Video
1999

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