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VDE BIG BAND FEATURING JAIME VAN DER SLUYS, NATALIE MENDOZA AND TERYN RÉ @ Feinstein’s at Vitello’s
October 10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm$20
The VDE Big Band is one of the best young professional big band from Los Angeles. This band has been founded and led by Dutch jazz drummer Kevin van den Elzen, who has been living in LA for the past 3.5 years. The regular members of the VDE Big Band are among the best jazz- and session players on the West Coast such as Dave Richards (Grammy Award nominated trumpet player and composer), Edwin Livingston (Keiko Matsui, Natalie Cole, Peter Erskine), Kim Richmond (Bob Florence, Louie Bellson), Brian Swartz (Monkestra), Bob Sheppard (Steely Dan) and Ido Meshulam (Grammy Award winning trombone player for Billy Childs).
In its short existence, the VDE Big Band has performed at every major venue in the Los Angeles area and has performed at high schools, festivals and clinics. The repertoire consists out of original pieces from members of the band, but also pieces by esteemed composers and arrangers from the West Coast area such as Vince Mendoza, John Clayton and Bill Holman.
The leader and drummer of the big band is the Dutch award winning drummer, Kevin van den Elzen. Van den Elzen has worked with Dick Oatts, Bob Mintzer, Russell Ferrante, New York Voices, Larry Carlton, Bill Holman, Dave Slonaker, Josh Nelson, Nick Mancini, Jesse van Ruller, Joris Roelofs, James Carter, Paquito d’Rivera and many more. He has lead big bands in Holland and the US for the past 6 years, such as the Dutch Concert Big Band in Amsterdam and the VDE Big Band LA. He worked with other bands such as the Bill Holman Big Band, Mike Barone Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Bravo Big Band, Dave Slonaker, the Dave Richards Big Band. He won 4 scholarships to attend the Thornton School of Music at USC with Peter Erskine. He was the teaching assistant for Mr. Erskine and on a full scholarship in his 2nd year at USC. He won two Downbeat Awards with the Thornton Jazz Orchestra and has two honorary awards from USC for his contributions for the Thornton Jazz Orchestra.
Reeds: Kim Richmond, Lennard Simpson, Chris Lewis, Jesse McGinty and Tim McKay
Trombones: Ido Meshulam, Jon Hatamiya, Stephen Szabadi and Juliane Gralle
Trumpets: Ryan DeWeese, Nathan Johnson, Mike Rocha and Brian Swartz
Guitar: Shane Savala
Piano: Adam Hersh
Bass: Edwin Livingston
Drums: Kevin van den Elzen
Vocals: Jaime van der Sluys, Natalie Mendoza and Teryn Ré
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