The music of saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra (Eindhoven, Netherlands, 1966) draws from the jazz tradition in spirit and sound, but has crossed stylistic and cultural borders in order to express a strong, evolving personal vision. He spent his formative years in Amsterdam’s vibrant improvisation community playing jazz, free improvisation, and world music. Since moving to the United States in 2002, Dijkstra has deepened his affinity with the experimental forces of American music, while staying in touch with his Dutch musical roots. Jorrit works as a composer and is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the New England Conservatory in Boston.


Dijkstra’s recent projects include The Whammies play the Music of Steve Lacy, with leading Chicago, Boston, and Amsterdam improvisers, and duos with drummer/composer John Hollenbeck and trombonist Jeb Bishop. In Boston he leads the free improvisation quartet BOLT.  In his solo project, he incorporates an array of electronic effect devices to process his saxophone improvisations live on stage. Dijkstra’s use of analog electronics – including the Lyricon, a vintage electronic wind instrument from the seventies – extends his already flexible saxophone style into an idiosyncratic mix of cool jazz, free improvisation, and electronic minimalism.

Jorrit’s work as a composer balances between similar stylistic boundaries. Commissioned by the North Sea Jazz Festival 2009, Pillow Circles brings together eight top improvisers in a mesmerizing sound world filled with indie guitar-rock and free jazz influences. His ongoing project Music for Reeds and Electronics explores the sonic possibilities of reed and electronics players in different improvisation communities in North America and Europe. Dijkstra has received other commissions from the David Kweksilber Big Band, Tetzepi Big Band, Amstel Saxophone Quartet, Kaida Duo, Duo X, The Harvard Jazz Band, electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans, saxophonist Ties Mellema, and bass clarinetist Fie Schouten. His commissioned works often incorporate electronic soundtracks and various forms of improvisation. Dijkstra’s work has won him a Fulbright grant and the prestigious Podium Prize for jazz musicians in the Netherlands.

Jorrit has released eighteen CDs as a leader, and has participated in projects ranging from Anthony Braxton’s Ghost Trance and Guus Janssen’s opera Noach to a rare live performance of Texas outsider musician Jandek. He studied improvisation and composition with Misha Mengelberg, Steve Coleman, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer and Lee Hyla. He is co-founder of the artist-run label Driff Records. Jorrit is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the New England Conservatory in Boston.


  • over Spring Break, at Tlacopac International Artist Residency. I’ll be doing a few concerts, with a core trio with Gibran Andrade (drums) and Alonso Lopez-Valdes (bass)....

  • C U T O U T Jorrit Dijkstra, soprano, alto sax Jeb Bishop, trombone Pandelis Karayorgis, piano Nate McBride, bass Luther Gray, drums   Friday November 9: Constellation, Chicago, 8:30 PM Satu...


Upcoming events

Cutout CD release party! @ Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cutout celebrates their new release on Driff Records.

Jorrit Dijkstra – saxophones

Jeb Bishop – trombone

Pandelis Karayorgis – piano

Nate McBride – bass

Luther Gray – drums

The Porch Trio @ Tea in the Sahara, Providence RI
Feb 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Porch Trio

Jorrit Dijkstra – saxophones, electronics

Nate McBride – acoustic bass, bass guitar

Eric Rosenthal – drums

Cutout @ Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Jorrit Dijkstra – saxophones

Jeb Bishop – trombone

Pandelis Karayorgis – piano

Nate McBride – bass

Luther Gray – drums

Sound-Lee! plays Lee Konitz @ De Roze Tanker, Amsterdam Noord
Mar 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sound-Lee! plays the music of Lee Konitz

Jorrit Dijkstra – alto sax

Guus Janssen – piano

Raoul vd Weide – bass

Wim Janssen – drums

Buzz @ Mark DeGarmo dance studio
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jessica Roseman – dance

Jorrit Dijkstra – soprano saxophone


Mark DeGarmo Dance
107 Suffolk Street, Studio 310
New York, NY 10002
T. 212-375-9214
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