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.
-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