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by Misha Mengelberg Quartet, feat. Ruud Jacobs, bass
Ruud Jacobs (1938 to 2019) was a Dutch 'jazz' bassist, saxophonist and music producer. Rudolf Jacobs was born on May 3rd 1938 in Hilversum, Netherlands, the son of a lawyer (and amateur pianist). His mother ran a ballet school from home, so he and his brother (future 'jazz' pianist Pim Jacobs) both grew up in a very artistic family. He first started playing the recorder at the age of 11, soon mastering some Charlie Parker sax compositions on it. From the age of thirteen he started lessons on the alto saxophone, studying with 'Skymasters' founder Bep Rowold, though he soon exchanged the alto for its tenor cousin. At the age of 15 however, he started learning the double bass, studying with Concertgebouw Orchestra maestro Cees de Ligt for four years at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. When his brother started the 'Trio Pim Jacobs' in the early 1950s, he was duly included on bass - with Cees See on drums, their first LPs were made backing Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Tony Scott and Herbie Mann. In 1957, he was chosen (as the only bass player from Europe) to be part of the International Youth Band to play in the United States - he performed alongside Louis Armstrong (plus others) during the Newport Jazz Festival, and later at Expo 58 in Brussels. During the 1960s, he toured and recorded with artists such as Johnny Griffin, Kenny Clarke, Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Eddy Daniels, Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughan. Possibly his greatest success came when his brother's trio backed Pim's wife Rita Reys (often dubbed "Europe's First Lady of Jazz") - with her as vocalist, they toured all the major European 'jazz' festivals. From the 1970s onwards however, he began to switch over to producing records, first for 'CBS' then later for 'Phonogram' and 'Universal'. Stars for whom he handled production included Claus Ogerman, Thijs van Leer, Toots Thielemans, Jan Akkerman, Laurens van Rooyen, Jaap van Zweden, Gerard Cox, Lori Spee and Laura Fygi (plus, of course, sister-in-law Reys). He was also producer of the first series of CDs to be brought out by the violinist Andre Rieu. During the early years of the millennium (and following the death of his brother), he made a significant return to performance, mainly as part of a quintet backing Reys - this line-up featured himself on bass with pianist Peter Beets, drummer Joost Patocka, guitarist Martijn van Iterson and tenor saxophonist Ferdinand Povel. Ruud Jacobs died in Nieuwkoop on July 18th 2019, aged 81. He leaves behind his wife, the singer Liselore Gerritsen. [ Translated from: http://www.parool.nl/kunst-media/jazzbassist-ruud-jacobs-81-overleden~b4b9a70f ]
Sources: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruud_Jacobs
Posted: 13th August 2019
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