Jesse van Ruller: The jazz rule of thumb
When you’re as down-to-earth as jazz guitarist Jesse van Ruller, it takes serious talent to become as celebrated as he has in the genre. He earned his recognition as a top guitar player through his collaborations, with names like Pat Metheny, George Duke and Peter Erskine praising Jesse’s performance. As the great Jim Hall cited: ‘A most expressive player, he really touched me on a personal level’. On the 11th edition of the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival, we invite you to join in on the celebration and get touched…
Born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Jesse started off playing classical guitar at the very age of 7. While listening to Jimi Hendrix and Santana, he caught on fingerpicking techniques that weren’t the classical rule of thumb. He continued to develop his skills in the jazz genre, which resulted in finishing Summa Cum Laude on the Hilversum Conservatory in 1990. In the same year he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Award, being the first European to grab the American prize.
The award opened many doors; from recording a studio album as part of the European Quintet, to performing with SfeQ on the ’96 North Sea Jazz Festival. In the early 2000s he releases ‘Here and There’, the first album presenting him as a frontman player. In 2010 Jesse forms a group called ‘Chambertones’. Proving that their smooth acoustic sounds can fill any room, their eponymous debut album becomes critically acclaimed.
Although he played with great names in jazz music, he always kept his cool and remained consistent simply by playing great guitar. If you like real jazz music, his 2017 performance at the CSJF can’t be missed.
(Performance date and time might change and is without prejudice)