Pharoah Sanders (1940) is 70 years of age, but that doesn't limit his 'energy playing'. He was born Ferrell Sanders, grew up in a musical family and started out by playing the clarinet. Under the influence of his high school band leader Jimmy Cannon, he switched to tenor saxophone and discovered jazz music. In the sixties he played in John Coltrane's band and worked on revolutionary records like Meditation en Ascension. Though his early playing was defined by naked aggression and unrestrained passion, Sanders' style got more subtle after Contrane's death, when the rough edges were taken off. He developed into a musician able to get anything out of his instrument and with The Creator Has A Masterplan he composed a legendary jazz hit. Like the late Albert Ayler said: "'Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost." Sanders will bring his own quartet to North Sea Jazz.