Founded by Douwe Dijkstra in 2010 The Northern European Jazz Orchestra is a professional big band based in the Netherlands. Featuring an international line-up the band is currently one of the most promising exponents on the European big band scene having performed with numerous well known European guest soloists including Fay Claassen, Peter Francien van Tuinen, Peter Beets, Ruud Breuls and others. Conducted by American trumpet player, Kurt Weiss, the bands repertoire consists mostly of original compositions and arrangements written by Europe’s top composers and arrangers.
The band performs a series of concerts per season in the Posthuis theater in Heerenveen and is proud to call this venue home.
Conductor – Kurt Weiss
The American trumpet player Kurt Weiss has performed with various artists such as Aretha Franklin, Frank Foster, Steve Grossman, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme and Bobby Short. Weiss has Toured extensively as a trumpet soloist with the Orchestras of Ray Charles, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey. While residing in New York, he has also performed with the orchestras of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mario Bouza, Maria Schneider, Barry Harris and the Village Vanguard Monday Night Orchestra.
Other performances include tours with his own groups in the United States and Europe as well as numerous broadway theatre orchestras, television shows and recordings. Weiss also studied arranging at the BMI workshops with Manny Albam and Jim McNeely.
Kurt has been living in the Netherlands since 2001 and he makes frequent tours through Europe with various European bands. In addition to the Northen European Jazz Orchestra, he is also the conductor of the West Coast Big Band.