Boy Edgar Prize: Jasper Blom

Govert Driessen

The Buma Boy Edgar Prize, the most prestigious award for jazz and improvised music in the Netherlands, has been awarded to saxophonist and composer Jasper Blom. Jasper Blom (*1965) is regarded as one of the most pivotal tenor and soprano saxophonists in the Dutch jazz scene and is renowned for his compositional synthesis of jazz, pop, classical and improvised music. He is known for his works with his own Jasper Blom Quartet, Metropole Orkest and the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, next to George Duke, Chet Baker and Randy Crawford. At Amersfoort Jazz 2020 Jasper Blom performs as a special guest with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam Concert Big Band (XL) and in duo with pianist Sebastiaan van Bavel (XS).

“Jasper Blom could be considered a philosophical realist, in that he is an original thinker as well as a doer. He is keenly aware of his strengths as an instrumentalist but also of his position in the world.” (…) “He repeatedly brings out the very best in his fellow musicians, in the studio and on stage, at home and abroad.” (…) “Jasper Blom has shared his devotion to musical adventure, variety, humour, communion and improvisation and his extensive and richly layered oeuvre with us, the jazz audience, for years and with unbridled enthusiasm.” (Jury Report)

Photo Jasper Blom by Govert Driessen

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