Toon Roos Group

Toon Roos Group


A high impact jazz/fusion band involving the finest Dutch musicians exposing an intense joint experience of lyrical funky jazz. Soprano/tenor saxophonist/composer Toon Roos, born 1964, is winner of the 2nd prize of the ISC 2004 in Nashville (


'Toon Roos belongs to the best tenor sax players of Holland. He’s multi-faceted, plays in the most diverse ensembles, and when it comes to command of the sax, he stands out from all the rest. There is an enormous expressiveness in his performance. His instantly recognisable sound on the tenor sax is round and flexible. Toon Roos disposes of great harmonious insight, fluent melody and robust timing.
Although his roots are traditional, Toon Roos is part of the modern generation of jazz musicians who know no stylistic borders, and with that is a worthy exponent of the current state of affairs in jazz music.'

'In New York there are so many saxophone players who play so many notes that the notes loose their musical meaning. But your playing is so well balanced that every note has a musical meaning. That's great!'

'That's some beautiful music, man... You've got a real soprano sound!'
MARCUS MILLER on cd 'Free At Last'

Eversince 1984 Dutch tenor/soprano saxophonist, composer and Bird Award winner Toon Roos has been highly appreciated both in The Netherlands and abroad by critics, audiences and colleagues for his lyricism, intense expressiveness and originality.
Toon found his own musical voice at an early age. He felt comfortable in different styles of music, from the big band swing tradition to hardbop, from bossa nova to funk and fusion. Over the years Toon has developed his own intuitive, generous and well balanced style of playing.


Recently Toon has won the 2nd prize of the International Songwriting Competition 2004 in Nashville with his composition 'Reach For the Rose'. The competition had more than 11.000 entries from 77 countries. The Jazz category, judged by amongst others Branford Marsalis, had more than a 1000 entries. Toon also received an 'honourable mention' for his second composition 'Vienna's Touch', performed in duet with Toots Thielemans.


On his fourth album Free At Last, the new Toon Roos Group reaches the highest possible inspiration in their 'sensual fusion', blending jazz, funk, rock, latin, African and other elements into a thing of their own. The chemistry of the group is unique. Their music often starts out spacious, building up to an intense groove. The heat they produce is especially felt in the live recordings on this album that also contains some overwhelming studio tracks. Most of the songs are composed by Toon and his band members. The Toon Roos Group combines some of the best Dutch jazz/pop musicians who have performed with world top artists such as Toots Thielemans, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Haslip, Philip Catherine, Bob Mintzer, Jan Akkerman, Dave Weckl, Chaka Kahn, George Duke, Gino Vanelli and Prince.


Toon has toured through many countries around the world and performed in clubs, theatres and at jazz festivals in

The Netherlands
South Africa


Over the years Toon performed and recorded with
jazz greats such as

Toots Thielemans
Kenny Werner
Danny Gotlieb
Jimmy Haslip
Jack Macduff
Art Blakey
George Mraz
Enrico Pieranunzi
Hein van de Geyn
Rob Madna
Eef Albers
Philippe Catherine
Pete Christlieb
Walfredo Reyes Jr.
David Fathead Newman
Clark Terry
Bob Brookmeyer
Joanne Brackeen


In Holland Toon performed and recorded with reputed bands such as The Dutch Jazz Orchestra directed by Jerry van Rooijen and John Ruocco and The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra directed by Rogier van Otterloo, Rob Pronk and Vince Mendoza.

As a member and soloist of the Dutch Jazz Orchestra Toon recorded the cd 'Portrait of a Silk Thread - Newly Discovered Works of Billy Strayhorn' which sold over 14.000 copies in the USA, receiving great reviews in American press. on 'Portrait of a Silk Thread':
'It all came together in January 1995, when Portrait of a Silk Thread was recorded. The results speak beautifully for themselves. The release of Portrait of a Silk Thread is an historic event in jazz, for it demonstrates that Billy Strayhorn deserves his own place in the ranks of the great jazz composers.'
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Toon teaches saxophone at the jazz departments of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and of the Conservatory of Utrecht. He was teaching at the Conservatory of Maastricht for 10 years and gave masterclasses at the conservatories of Groningen and Hilversum (now Amsterdam).


The ISC 2004 prize winning song 'Reach For the Rose' is from the Toon Roos Quartet cd 'The Human Feel'. The 'honourable mention' winning song 'Vienna's Touch', played in duet with Toots Thielemans, is from the Ivan Paduart cd 'A Night At The Music Village'. You can listen to these songs on
this EPK and on the website of the ISC

Listen to fragments of The Toon Roos Group cd Free At Last on Toon's website at page 'cd shop'.

Tracks from Free At Last and demo DVD of the Toon Roos Group soon available on this EPK.


Toon Roos Quartet - First Impression (Timeless)
Toon Roos Quartet - Attitudes (Timeless)
Toon Roos Quartet - The Human Feel (September)
Toon Roos Group - Free At Last (JJ Tracks/ Challenge)
John Clayton Big Band - Tribute (Timeless)
Northsea Jazz Tentet - Part 1 (September)
The Winners - Wessel Ilcken Tribute (Mirasound)
Jerry van Rooyen - On The Scene With The Dutch Jazz Orchestra (Dutch Jazz)
Clare Foster - Sings Wayne Shorter (Groove)
Dutch Jazz Orchestra - The Music Of Rob Madna (Dutch Jazz)
Dutch Jazz Orchestra - Portrait Of A Silk Thread / The Unknown Works Of Billy Strayhorn (Challenge)
Dutch Jazz Orchestra - 4 CD Box DJO plays Billy Strayhorn (Challenge)
Amsterdam Jazz Quintet - Signature (Groove)
Amsterdam Jazz Quintet - Pictures of Amsterdam (A -records)
Amsterdam Jazz Quintet - Portraits (Challenge)
O Septeto - Rodinho (Keytone)
Ivan Paduart - A Night At The Music Village with Toots Thielemans (Jazz 'n Pulz)

as guest soloist:

More Moves - More Moves with Jimmy Haslip(Baileo)
Jamesz - Fatuh
Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw - Festival Part 1 with a.o. Dick Oats and Ferdinand Povel
James Trio - James Trio (Goldfish)
Martijn van Iterson - It's Happening (Via)
Konkie Halmeyer - Rap on Steel (World Tour)
Juraj Stanik - En blanc et noir (Daybreak)
Sylvi Lane - In The Palm Of My Hand with a.o. Michiel Borstlap (Willibrord Jazz)
Carmen Sars - Silent Eyes (Magnif)
Carmen Gomes - Heaven Is A State Of Mind

Set List

The Toon Roos Group plays either 2 sets of max. 1 hour or 1 set of max. 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Current repertoire list:

(compositions by Toon Roos except where indicated)

Reach For The Rose
Free At Last
At First Sight
All the Way
More Than A Memory
Prince of Silence
Vive Les Etrangers (Christoph Erbstoesser)
Heart in Mind (Peter Tiehuis)
Soft Shoulder (Victor Feldman)
Anytime (Rob Madna)
Invitiation (Kaper/Washington)

Five songs are approximately 1 hour of music.