Friday, August 24th, 2018
Jesse van Ruller (born January 21, 1972) is a Dutch jazz guitarist and composer.ActRuller graduated in 1995 from the Conservatory in Hilversum (including Wim Overgaauw) `summa cum laude` from. In the same year he won (as the first European) the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington, D.C. (The jury included Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, among others). Since then he has starred with Philip Catherine, Toots Thielemans, saxophonist Seamus Blake (on `Circles` with Sam Yahel on the Hammond organ and drummer Bill Stewart), Peter Erskine, Roy Hargrove (on Ruller`s album `Catch` 2000) / 2001, nominated for the Edison Prize), Tom Harrell, Mike Stern, George Duke, John Patitucci, Christian McBride, Joe Lovano, Piet Noordijk, Bert Van den Brink, Benjamin Herman and Michiel Borstlap (Project `Redux` with electronic beats and loops). He played with the singers Fleurine and Francine van Tuinen (on their album `Muzyka` 2005) and in 2003 with Pat Metheny at the North Sea Jazz Festival. He has appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with the `Metropole Orkest` and the WDR Big Band Cologne. He also composes for the `Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra`, with which he plays regularly. He plays with the Dutch guitarist Maarten van der Grinten in the duo `Van der & Van`. In 1996 he released his first CD `European Quintet` with Julian Joseph (piano) and Peter Weniger (tenor saxophone). Van Ruller plays with his own trio with Martijn Vink (drums) and Frans van der Hoeven (bass) (album `Trio`). He also worked with Jussi Lehtonen, Mikko Heleva and Joonatan Rautio (album `This Time`).In 2001 and 2002 he was nominated for the Bird Award of the North Sea Jazz Festival.