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
27 May Tba Amersfoort Amersfoort Jazz Festival Netherlands
Time: 17:45. Age restrictions: All Ages. Henk Meutgeert Big Band
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
23 June Cubop City Big Band tba tba Netherlands
Time: 21:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Swinging Groningen Jazz Festival

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Past Shows
Date Artist City Venue Country
24 April SMOKE Den Haag Café Restaurant September Netherlands
Time: 21:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Grote Markt 26. Tom van der Zaal alto sax
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Timothy Banchet keys
Steve Zwanink bass
Sander Smeets drums
18 April Gidon Nunes Vaz tba tba Netherlands
Time: 17:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Gidon Nunes Vaz trumpet
Jasper van Damme alto sax
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Floris Kappeyne piano
Steve Zwanink bass
Jean Clair de Ruwe drums
25 March Imre Kruis Zwolle The Livingroom Netherlands
Time: 20:30. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Gasthuisplein 23. Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Durk Hijma guitar
Boris Oostendorp bass
Imre Kruis drums
24 March SMOKE Arnhem Theater Het Hof Netherlands
Time: 20:00. Admission: €6. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Boekhorstenstraat 58. Dutch Jazz Competition 2018

Tom van der Zaal alt sax
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Timothy Banchet piano
Steve Zwanink bass
Sander Smeets drums
17 March The Jazzinvaders Dordrecht DJS Netherlands
Time: 22:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Grotekerksplein 1. The Jazzinvaders play Herbie Hancock

Linda Bloemhard vocals
Cees Trappenburg trumpet
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Berthil Busstra keys
Ton van der Kolk bass
Timothy van der Holst drums
24 February Cubop City Big Band Amstelveen Schouwburg Amstelveen Netherlands
Time: 20:00. Admission: €28,50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Cubop City Big Band / Lucas van Merwijk

“The Latin Side of Earth, Wind and Fire”
18 February The Revivalists Driebergen-Rijsenburg Champ’Aubert Netherlands
Time: 14:30. Admission: €12,50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Boterbloem 1. Coos Zwagerman trumpet
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Hans Mantel banjo
Jaap de Wit sr. bass
Jaap de Wit jr. drums
09 February Ben Schröder Sextet Amstelveen Centrum De Bolder Netherlands
Time: 20:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Groenhof 140. Kees Kamphuis trumpet
Paul van der Feen alto sax
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Udo van Boven piano
Sven Schüster bass
Ben Schröder drums
08 February Ben Schröder Sextet Den Haag Regentenkamer Netherlands
Time: 20:15. Admission: €12,50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Cort Heyligersstraat 4. Kees Kamphuis trumpet
Paul van der Feen alto sax
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Udo van Boven piano
Sven Schüster bass
Ben Schröder drums
03 February SMOKE Den Haag Ich Bin Ein Hamburger Netherlands
Time: 22:00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Prins Hendrikstraat 53. Tom van der Zaal alto sax
Floriaan Wempe tenor sax
Timothy Banchet piano
Steve Zwanink bass
Sander Smeets drums

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Teaching

Wanna learn to improvise, improve your hearing and theory or deepen your skills?

Floriaan has broad experience teaching beginners to (semi)professionals and will custom make a program that suits your situation. From the first notes special attention will be paid to the ear, rhythm and sound as those are essential pillars regardless of style.
From there on, together you’ll find a fun and efficient path to your desired goals or styles. He builds upon a vast amount of renowned (jazz) methods, etudes and duets, play-alongs and selfmade exercises.

His studio in ‘Mooof’ (Binckhorstlaan, Den Haag) is easily reached by car (free parking), bike, foot (from Central Station or HS) or to a lesser extent by bus.
With a piano and drum kit present, jazz combo coaching is possible too.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to know more or get started right away!

 


 

Wil je leren improviseren, je gehoor of theorie verbeteren of muzikaal verder verdiepen?

Floriaan heeft ruime ervaring in het doceren van beginners tot (semi)professionele muzikanten en stelt een programma op maat samen voor jouw situatie. Vanaf de eerste noot wordt er speciale aandacht besteed aan het gehoor, ritme en klank aangezien dit essentiële pijlers zijn, ongeacht stijl.
Vanaf daar zullen jullie samen een leuke en efficiënte weg naar jouw doelen of stijlen vinden. Hij beschikt over een schat aan bekende (jazz)methodes, etudes en duetten, meespeelboeken en zelfbedachte oefeningen.

Zijn studio binnen ‘Mooof’ (Binckhorstlaan, Den Haag) is gemakkelijk te bereiken met de auto (gratis parkeergelegenheid), fiets, te voet (vanaf Centraal Station of HS) en in iets beperktere mate met de bus.
Met een piano en drumstel aanwezig is jazz combo- / groepsles ook mogelijk.

Aarzel niet om contact op te nemen als je meer wilt weten of meteen wilt beginnen!