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'Viewmusic' - Mike Roelofs Trio (2001)
'Dialogin' - Mike Roelofs/Ryan Carniaux (Inbetweens Records 2003)
'No Surroundings' - Mike Roelofs Quartet (Inbetweens Records 2004)
'Fat Time' - Fat Time (Schoots Records 2004)'
'One On One' - Down South (MCP Records 2004)
'Cambrinus Sessions' - Mike Roelofs Band (2006)
'Fox Farm Fusion' - Fat Time (Inbetweens Records 2007)
'Surfcake For Higher Standards' - Surfcake (Jazz In'Pulz 2007)



Biography Mike Roelofs

'Don’t talk too much about music.'

Mike studied the piano under the guidance of Irv Rochlin and Frank Giebels. Mikes career gains momentum when the Mike Roelofs Trio wins the Concours Céramique in Maastricht in 2001. The prize money is being invested in a debut album: Viewmusic. This album is recorded by Max Bolleman in Studio 44.
Jazzmozaiek comments: 'The trio demonstrates an already rare homogeneity. (...) Fresh and uncomplicated is the approach of the material that very ambitiously contains 90% Mike Roelofs originals. (...) A debut that counts.'
Sante Brun about the CD presentation of Viewmusic: 'Such atmosphere, such jazz. (...) During the evening I realized that this lean pianist, bended over the piano, is just one third my age. All this ripeness, what will it bring?'

A lot Mike composes himself. He works out his ideas on the old baby grand piano at home. Musically he learns by playing a lot but also by listening a lot. Mike: 'Listening to others is one of my most important ways to grow'. Already during his first piano lessons in 1991 it becomes clear Mike doesn't like to read scores. 'I played everything by ear and I still prefer to play that way'.

The Mike Roelofs Quartet is the successor of the Mike Roelofs Trio. This Quartet wins the Frysian Crossover Competition in Leeuwarden in 2002. The Quartet records the album: No Surroundings. In 2004 Mike records a duo album ‘Dialogin’ together with Ryan Carniaux. With Ryan he founds the Mike Roelofs Band. They record the album: Cambrinus Sessions.

Mike doesn't only play jazz, he is a musical centipede. In 2003 Mike plays the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague with singer Mo’Jones. In 2004 he tours throughout Germany with Iain Matthews and throughout Curacao with his funk/soul/lounge band ‘Down South’. He works with the singer/songwriters Arno Adams, BJ Baartmans, Bart Oostindie and JW Roy. Mike also spends a lot of time in the studio working (amongst others) on The Surfcake Project.
In 2006, Mike records the album ‘Fox Farm Fusion’ with the Jazz-rock band Fat Time (named after Miles' tune), that will be released in 2007.

In 2005 and 2006 Mike works on the ‘Roepaen Sessions.’ This album is recorded with the Mike Roelofs Band, at the moment a sextet. Mike is looking for a label to release this album.

Grubbenvorst, February 2007.