November 5, 2010 — WTJU-FM and the Charlottesville Jazz Society will host the Benjamin Herman Quartet in concert on Tuesday, the second in an ongoing series of concerts by Dutch jazz groups made possible with support of the Dutch Consulate in New York.
WTJU (91.1 FM) is a service of the University of Virginia.
Herman got his first saxophone at the age of 12. At 13 he was already playing on the professional club circuit. Within a few years he was appearing with different groups around the world and initiating projects of his own.
His fame spread beyond jazz circles in the 1990s when he formed the groundbreaking ensemble New Cool Collective. Herman has appeared on more than 100 records with artists ranging from Candy Dulfer to Dutch piano master Misha Mengelberg.
Herman has also built a career in Holland and abroad as a composer. His music is inspired by the popular jazz of the dance floor, attracting music fans of all genres as well as jazz aficionados. At the same time he has explored the repertoire of composers such a Jaki Byard, Thelonious Monk and Mengelberg.
He will be joined by guitarist Anton Goutsmit, who performed in Charlottesville earlier this year with Eric Vloiemans. Rounding out the quartet will be bassist Ernst Glerum, a long-time member of the world-renowned ICP Orchestra, and Joost Patocka on drums.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. at The Sound Studios, 917 Preston Ave. (behind Sticks). Tickets, available only at the door, are $12 ($10 for Jazz Society members and $5 for students).