He can rightly be called the Dutch Charlie Parker. At the beginningof the 50s, alto sax player Piet Noordijk (1932) graduated from theRotterdam Conservatory as a clarinetist and subsequently developedinto a pioneer of Dutch jazz. Noordijk played in big bands (TheRamblers, The Skymasters, Metropole Orkest) but was also part oftrendsetting modern combos. In 1964, he successfully performed withpianist Misha Mengelberg's quartet at the Newport Jazz Festival.Piet Noordijk has won many prizes, such as the Bird Award in 1987;last year, he received an Edison Award for his work. In that sameyear, he was also awarded a prize by the Stichting Blijvend Applaus(Foundation Applause Forever). According to the jury, Noordijk is a'versatile musician, gentleman, warm band leader, dedicatedteacher, ambassador of jazz, alto saxophone virtuoso and jazz birdin heart and soul.' At North Sea Jazz he will play with a quintetcomprising Eric Ineke and the Dutch 'Beets Brothers': Peter,Alexander and Marius Beets.