Art Blakey once said that jazz has to be ‘danceable and have the blues’. This could be in many ways Ben van den Dungen’s general musical motto. He has been in the jazz scene for many years. So far, he has made 80 albums and played around 5000 concerts in 70 countries.
Ben van den Dungen finished his jazz study in tenorand soprano saxophone cum laude atthe Royal Academy of Music in The Hague, The Netherlands in 1988. Ben has been performing as a jazz musician since 1983, but hisprofessional career took offtwo years later, when he won the prestigious NOS Jazz award 1985.
About Ben van den Dungen Quartet:
This quartet contains a special combination of musical personalities. Nothing pretentious, just swinging, right up to date and with a happy feel. These characteristics make this band 100% pure jazz.
Ben van den Dungen – Saxophone
Miguel Rodriguez – Piano
Marius Beets – Bass
Gijs Dijkhuizen – Drums
“Barely unnoticed Ben van den Dungen recently joined the guild of the historical big names of jazz. With his playing that can be deduced from Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, one can easily compare him to heroes like Stanley Turrentine and Joe Henderson.” – Dagblad van het Noorden