It is just like a modern jazz fairy tale in which numbers are changing into jazz notes. The willful pianist Robert Rook (1966) never went to the conservatory, but studied mathematics at the Utrecht University. But, while studying, he did play in the quartet of the renowned guitarist Wim Overgaauw. His first album, Introducing Robert Rook, was released in 1997 and was re-released in Japan in 2003. Up to 2004 Rook combined his IT job with performing with his own trio and quartet. He resigned because he wanted to consecrate all his time to music. This year he put out his CD Dangerous Cats. On there he showcases three long and original explorations of standards and three compositions of his own. He will start his North Sea Jazz concert with a trio, featuring Thomas W. Andersen on bass and Dick Verbeek on drums. Later on the line-up will be extended to a quartet with the addition of the French tenor saxophonist Rob Armus.