Rob van Bavel, Marc van Rooij & Hans van Oosterhout
formed a jazz trio (called ‘Fezz’) and after many gigs at local venues they became quite popular. During this period, with Rob’s music, they created their own sound: energetic and dynamic. Throughout the next few years, their careers developed rapidly as musicians as well as a trio. All three attended The Rotterdam Conservatory; during these years the trio won many prizes at competitions: in 1986 Marc won the solo prize at the Middelsee Jazz festival; in 1987 Rob graduated with a 10 cum laude and won the Wessel Ilcken Prize, the most prestigious jazz award in the Netherlands. In 1988 the trio won first prize at an international competition earning the title ‘European Young Jazz Artists’, at the Leverkusen Jazz festival. Rob went on to win second prize in the final of the International Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition in Washington, DC.
Also in 1988, the trio recorded its first record (Just For You) and had a successful tour in China (Beijing and Shanghai), including many TV and Radio concerts around this time. The trio then became the basis for the Rob van Bavel Octet and Quintet. They were often asked to accompany many Dutch and international musicians such as Woody Shaw, Bob Mintzer, Ferdinand Povel, Deborah Brown, Mike Manieri, Slide Hampton, Peter Guidi etc. In 1990 the CD ‘Rob van Bavel Trio’ received the Edison Award (Dutch Grammy award).
After 10 intensive years together the musicians decided to go their separate ways….reuniting again in 2009 for a concert with trombonist Bert Boeren at the Breda Jazz Festival. Now 30 years later (and a few extra pounds heavier) the Rob van Bavel Trio is back with the same drive and energy, with new songs and arrangements by Rob, played with more experience and appealing to a wider audience.