“One of the finest young saxophonists I have heard in recent memory.” - Ted Gioia, jazz critic
Joris Roelofs was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1984 and was raised in Amsterdam. He began playing classical clarinet at the age of six, and started the alto saxophone at the age of twelve. At age 21 he began performing with the Vienna Art Orchestra and was a member from 2005 to 2010. Joris plays lead alto in the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in the Netherlands.
Joris has won the Pim Jacobs prize, and was awarded first place in the Princes Christina Concours for Jazz. In 2003 he received, as the first non-American, the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown Fellowship Award in the US, organized by the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE). In 2004 Joris received the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award in the Netherlands, a Dutch award for young musicians who are just about to start their international career. In 2008 he was selected for the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition.
He graduated in 2007 as a Master of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and in 2008 moved to New York. Among others, Joris played with Ari Hoenig, Eric Harland, Aaron Goldberg, Lionel Loueke, Lewis Nash, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Greg Hutchinson, WDR Big Band, Matt Penman, Johannes Weidenmuller, Ralph Peterson, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Pete King, Sonny Fortune, Christina Branco, and Alegre Correa. As a soloist he performed with the Orkest van het Oosten (classical) and Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (jazz). He has recorded as a special clarinet soloist with the Metropole Orchestra. As a leader he performed twice at the North Sea Jazz Festival, and several times at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
His debut album ‘Introducing Joris Roelofs’ was released in 2008 on Material Records.