Utrechtse Studenten Bigband
Groovy beats, swingin’ solos, and driving riffs: that’s what the Utrecht Student Bigband is all about. Guided by conductor Daan Bogers and powerful vocalist Hannah Stradmeijer these rocking students will bring a party to any stage or event. The Utrecht Student Bigband is a crowd favorite at festivals (Montreux Jazz Festival!) and parties, but also organizes their own concerts. This year the USBB went back to their roots, performing in TivoliVredenburg with soul man Boris (formally known as Bo Saris), soul queen Shirma Rouse, and trumpet player Jan van Duikeren (Candy Dulfer).
You can now find these live recordings here on Spotify! To celebrate this release we went even further back in our archives to find some other legendary recordings from our roots. In 2015 the Utrecht Student Bigband organized a unique collaboration, ‘Big Blend’ with renowned trumpet master Eric Vloeimans, Fontys Jazz Choir and the band. The band’s grooves mixed with close harmony singing and Vloeiman’s lyrical playing and the voice of our previous vocalist Karen Veenstra lifted the crowd at TivoliVredenburg to a next level of musical ecstasy. It was here where the USBB and Karen Veenstra perfomed their first original song 'Grey'. In 2016 the band had the honor of playing with saxophone colossus Benjamin Herman (New Cool Collective). The funky rhythms, soulful sounds and amazing atmosphere made for an evening full of adrenaline, attitude, and jazz. What are you waiting for?