We tip our hats to Tineke Postma. Despite the fact that jazz still is a bit of a man's world, she succeeded in reaching the top of the Dutch and, little by little, the international jazz world. There are many women in jazz who sing or play the piano, but in order to become a star on the saxophone, not a common instrument for women in jazz, you must come of a good family. So it comes as no surprise that Postma's family is from Friesland, a Dutch province which is always associated with willfulness, determination and willpower. At the age of nine Postma put a recorder to her mouth and switched to saxophone two years later. Via the Heerenveen marching band and the Big Band Friesland she found herself at the conservatories of Zwolle and later Amsterdam, where she graduated with honour in 2003. She put her credentials on the table by means of her debut CD First Avenue. This summer she'll present her new album A Journey That Matters, a CD she recorded once again with the American star drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.
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