Last year tenor and soprano saxophone player Toon Roos was awarded the prestigious Bird Award 2001. The jury appraised him especially for the 'intense eloquence in his play'. 'His tone on the tenor sax is immediately recognizable, round and flexible. Toon Roos has large harmonical insight, a flowing melody line and robust timing' , according to the jury's report.
As tenor soloist in the Dutch Jazz Orchestra and leader of a band the musician Roos has become well-known at the North Sea Jazz. At the last festival edition the saxophone player and his quartet brought the project 'The Standard Procedure', where everything is about standards, supplemented with Roos' compositions. Toon Roos, who was once awarded the Wessel Ilcken Prijs at the beginning of his career, feels at home with different styles of modern jazz. Apart from (semi) acoustic jazz with his quartet Roos also is active in fusion, as he will show at this years' festival edition. His new shining electric-band, The Toon Roos Group, is composed of pianist Karel Boehlee, guitarist Peter Tiehuis, bass player Michel van Schie and drummer Sebastiaan Kaptein. As band-member or guest-soloist Roos regularly performs with formations like Jamesz, the Fay Claassen Kwintet and the Ivan Paduart Kwartet.