About

Floriaan Wempe (4-12-1989)

Saxophonist, composer

Photo: M. van den Broek

From early childhood Floriaan was very much exposed to jazz and classical music and already at the age of 5 he asked for Charlie Parker and John Coltrane CDs to be played. It was inevitable for him to start playing the saxophone at the age of 9, after changing teeth.

After a few years of tuition he started focusing on jazz. Only 12 years old, he was awarded a second prize in the national Princess Christina Jazz Competition. In the next few years he was part of a band of promising young players, coached by Robert Veen, bringing him to many stages, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival. This formation, “The New Arrivals”, won the 1st prize in the Princess Christina Jazz Competition 2006.

In May 2014 Floriaan cum laude received his Master’s degree with distinction from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he studied with John Ruocco, Toon Roos and Rolf Delfos. During his studies he represented the RC at the IASJ Meeting 2011 in Sao Paulo (Brazil) led by David Liebman and in 2010 he was awarded the Leidse Jazz Award and nominated for the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award. In 2012 and 2015 he made private study trips to New York City.

In 2012 Floriaan released his debut CD ‘Flo’s Flow’ on Challenge Records with an international stellar cast of pianist Karel Boehlee, bassist Jos Machtel and drummer Willie Jones III. Furthermore Floriaan studied with and/or shared the stage with Chris Potter, Roy Hargrove, Aaron Goldberg, Benjamin Herman, Peter Beets, Rik Mol, Juraj Stanik, New Cool Collective, Frank McComb, Slide Hampton, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson.

“The ease Wempe demonstrates in his playing is as staggering as lithe and frivolous. The saxophonist displays a handwriting all his own that is bound to grow even more characteristic.”
Jan Jasper Tamboer, Jazzism

“Wempe’s sound is strong and controlled, distinctive and at times referring to big names such as John Coltrane, Joe Lovano en Joshua Redman.”
Peter J. Korten, Jazzflits

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Agenda

Date Artist City Venue Country
18 October Ben Schröder Sextet Den Haag Regentenkamer Netherlands
Time: 20:30. Admission: €12,50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cort Heyligersstraat 4. John Marshall trumpet
Tom van der Zaal alto sax
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Udo van Boven piano
Sven Schuster bass
Ben Schröder drums
28 October Jan Learbuch Orchestra tba tba Netherlands
Time: 17:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Swing Festival Breda
22 December Peter Beets Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra Amsterdam Bimhuis Netherlands
Time: 20:30. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Piet Heinkade 3. Featuring Fay Claassen (voc)

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Past Shows
Date Artist City Venue Country
17 October Nitin Parree Delft Jazz Café Bebop China
Time: 21:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Kromstraat 33. Timothy Banchet piano
Cas Jiskoot bass
Nitin Parree drums
15 October Peter Beets Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra Amsterdam Bimhuis Netherlands
Time: 20:30. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Piet Heinkade 3.
22 September - 23 September Cubop City Big Band Shanghai JZ Music Festival China
Time: 22:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Cubop City Big Band plays Earth, Wind & Fire
14 September Peter Beets Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra Utrecht Tivoli Vredenburg Netherlands
Time: 12:30. Age restrictions: All Ages. Free lunch concert
08 September Gidon Nunes Vaz Amsterdam Jazzcafé Alto Netherlands
Time: 22:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115. Gidon Nunes Vaz trumpet
Jasper van Damme alto sax
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Floris Kappeyne piano
Tijs Klaassen bass
Jean Clair de Ruwe drums
03 September Floriaan Wempe Trio Amsterdam Besloten Netherlands
Time: 17:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Private event
02 September Cubop City Big Band Spijkenisse Spijkenisse Festival Netherlands
Time: 14:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Cubop City Big Band plays Earth, Wind & Fire
31 August SMOKE Amsterdam Concertgebouw Netherlands
Time: 22:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Concertgebouwplein 10. Afterparty Robeco Summer Nights
23 June Cubop City Big Band Groningen Swingin’ Groningen United States
Time: 21:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. CCBB “The Latin Side of Earth, Wind & Fire”
14 June - 17 June SMOKE Berlin Hat Bar Germany
Time: 21:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Lotte-Lenya-Bogen 550. Tom van der Zaal alto sax
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Timothy Banchet keys
Steve Zwanink bass
Sander Smeets drums

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