Tijs Klaassen Quintet

New record ‘Adhocism’ will be released this spring on ZenneZ Records and Elastic Records. New info, media and release dates will be announced soon!

Photo by: Charlotte Mendez Correa


2nd record ‘Nostalgia’ out now on Zennez Records
‘Klaassen shows a knowledge of the jazz tradition in the compositions on Nostalgia, but uses it within in idiom that’s far wider than that’ – Herman Te Loo, Jazzflits May 2022

‘An idiosyncratic album in which the listener is constantly captivated’ – Emil Roes, Jazzism June 2022

Artwork By Laura Veloso & Me
VV40 – Live at Bimhuis



Debut album ‘Clavius’ Released in December 2019
Record available to order online

Artwork By Floor Rehbach

Never are they afraid of free improv while calm soothing passages are integrated naturally in the overall sound. The two horn players are, unlike most jazz quintets, not the main focus of the band. All of the five members achieve complete equality.’ – Rinus van der Heijden, Jazznu


Bassist Tijs Klaassen graduated with full honours in 2019 after having studied at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam and the Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia. Since then he has been touring and recording with renounced jazz musicians from the Netherlands such as Ben van Gelder, Theo Loevendie, Yuri Honing, Peter Beets, Mete Erker, and Jasper Blom.

The horns create gorgeous textures, the bass levitates, piano harmony transcends into synthesizer sounds and strong rhythms change into polyrhythmic percussion’ – Emil Roes, Jazzism


Tijs’ own band embodies his personal view on bringing the sound of the classic jazz quintet to the modern age. A vision that creates full artistic freedom for every musician within a carefully constructed musical framework. Compositionally the band is very inspired by the sounds and techniques of classical composers such as Messiaen, Theo Loevendie, Ravel and Alban Berg. Trough it’s use of arco bass melodies, woodwind instruments and synthesizers, the band achieves a very unique sound in it’s arrangements. Each band member is contributing to a very personal ensemble sound. All of them are among the most praised young Dutch and Belgian jazz musicians and composers of their generation.


‘Introvertive sensitive compositions that include impressive bursts of energy, played loosely and freely within the strong containments of the arrangement’ – Tom Beetz, Jazzflits


The band won the Keep An Eye The Records Award which enabled them to record and release their debut album ‘Clavius’. This critically acclaimed record was released in 2019 at the Bimhuis and received great reviews. Recently the band won the Sena Performance award at the Dutch Jazz Competition 2020 (delayed to 2021 because of Covid). Their second record ‘Nostalgia’ was released in May 2022 on Zennez records.

Line up:
Mo van der Does: alto saxophone and clarinet
Matthias Van den Brande: tenor saxophone and flute
Floris Kappeyne: piano and synth
Wouter Kühne: drums
Tijs Klaassen: double bass and compositions

Photo by: Charlotte Mendez Correa



Press:

Jazzflits (Nostalgia 2022)

Jazzism (Nostalgia 2022)

Jazznu (Clavius 2020)

Jazzism (Clavius 2021)

Draai om je oren (Clavius 2020)

Jazzflits (Live 2019)

Artishock (Live 2022)

Jazznu (Live 2022)


Tour dates:

2022

JAN 30: Tivoli Vredenburg (Video recording), Utrecht
APR 1: De Tor, Enschede
APR 8: Studio Loos, Den Haag Tickets
APR 24: Uffie’s, Zutphen Info
APR 29: Co Live! (Radio) CVA Blue Note, Amsterdam
MAY 5: Bimhuis (Album Release ‘Nostalgia’), Amsterdam Tickets
AUG 5: Amersfoort Jazz festival Info
OCT 15: Artishock, Soest Tickets
OCT 17: De Roode Bioscoop (Amarte Studio Concerts), Amsterdam Tickets
NOV 13: Mahogany Hall, Edam Tickets
DEC 8: Tivoli Vredenburg (Dutch Jazz Competition 2022 Semi Final), Utrecht Tickets
DEC 17: Bimhuis (Dutch Jazz Competition 2022 Final), Amsterdam Tickets
DEC 20: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht Tickets

2023

APR 10: De Muze, Antwerpen
APR 11: Hot Club de Gand, Gent Info
APR 12: De Observant, Amersfoort Info
APR 20/21: Studio 150 (Album Recording), Amsterdam
JUN 4: Jazz Inverdan, Zaandam Info

2024

APR 28: De Stadsfabriek, Alkmaar
MAY 4: De Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch Info
MAY 5: Café Miles, Amersfoort
MAY 11: Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (Blue Note Club Sessions), Eindhoven Info
MAY 31: Bimhuis (Album release ‘Adhocism’), Amsterdam
SEP 6: DUMS (Ujazz), Utrecht
NOV 30: Theater Orpheus, Apeldoorn

2025

FEB 23: Plofhuis7, Weesp