Dutch Focus | Han Bennink, Reinier Baas & Ben van Gelder (NL)

Opus Jazz Club
  • Ben van Gelder - alto saxophone
  • Reinier Baas - guitar
  • Han Bennink - drums

Dutch drum legend and artist Han Bennink (81) likes sounds from unlikely objects. This is why he can play on anything he encounters, from a kitchen chair to the stage floor. The co-founder of Instant Composers Pool has played in countless formations over the last 55 years, with jazz titans such as Sonny Rollins and Wes Montgomery. Now he will perform with two musicians who are less than half his age: saxophonist Ben van Gelder and guitarist Reinier Baas.

Bennink lovingly calls this his ‘Children’s Trio’, even though Baas and Van Gelder have reached an age and a career path that deserve respect. The three of them have performed nationally and internationally, from the Concertgebouw to the Umbria Jazz and North Sea Jazz festivals.

Baas and Van Gelder have played more than 300 gigs together, and they have released two albums as a duo: 'Smash Hits' (with the Grammy-winning Metropole Orkest) and 'Mokum In Hi-Fi', an ode to the city of Amsterdam. Between the two of them, their accolades include two Edison awards, a Deloitte Jazz Award, composition assignments from the North Sea Jazz Festival, Pynarello and the WDR Big Band, and collaborations with Jeff Ballard and Cory Smythe.

"It sounded Monk-like… They played an insanely beautiful version of Body and Soul. During the encore Bennink jumped from behind the drum kit to play one of his characteristic solos on the floor. The three radiated virtuosity and, above all, fun. The audience loved it!" (JazzFlits).

Tickets are available for 3500 HUF on the spot, online at, and at InterTicket Jegypont partners across Hungary.

Table reservations are automatically added during ticket purchase.
Please note that if you purchase an odd number of seats, you might have to share the table with others, especially if the concert is sold out.
For the best dining experience please arrive around 7pm.
We hold reservations until 8pm.

For more information, please call +36 1 216 7894


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