Ack van Rooyen

The Buma Boy Edgar Prize for 2020 goes to Ack van Rooyen

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The Buma Boy Edgar Prize, the most prestigious award for jazz and improvised music in the Netherlands, has been awarded to the flugelhorn and trumpet player Ack van Rooyen. The news was announced at InJazz, the (online) jazz network and showcase event in Rotterdam.

Ack van Rooyen (The Hague, 1930) is a living embodiment of Dutch jazz in all its history and glory. His credits as a featured soloist in Dutch jazz orchestras reads like a roll call of the most celebrated big bands: the Ramblers, the Skymasters, the Netherlands Concert Jazz Band, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra and the Metropole Orchestra.

Van Rooyen began blazing a trail on the international scene from the moment he picked up his honours degree certificate at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 1949. Among the leading orchestras he performed in are the Aimé Barelli Orchestra, Peter Herbolzheimer’s Rhythm Combination & Brass, the Boyd Bachman Orchestra, the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra, the WDR Big Band, the SFB Big Band, the Clark Terry Orchestra, the Gil Evans Orchestra, the Clarke-Boland Big Band and the Süddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra. In 1974 he co-founded the United Jazz & Rock Ensemble, a succesful tentet with trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, saxophonist Charlie Mariano and pianist Wolfgang Dauner, among others.

His wealth of experience, keen insight and theoretical knowledge have helped refine the skills of students at conservatories in Hilversum, Amsterdam and The Hague for decades, and he is, to this day, often to be found on stage with musicians several decades his junior. Or as Amsterdam's deputy mayor Simone Kukenheim put it when knighting him an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau: “Your star has shone bright over a long career, but you have always made room for others to shine too.”

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