Dutch double bassist & composer Jasper Somsen (1973) studied Jazz and Classical double bass at the conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During his career Jasper has performed with some of the very best musicians at the (inter)national jazz scene, a.o.: Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Bob Sheppard, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gabriele Mirabassi, Bert Joris, Bert van den Brink, Ramón Valle, Toon Roos, Karel Boehlee, John Engels, Yuri Honing and Eric Vloeimans.
Albums as a leader at Challenge Records:
2010: "Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry" (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi) - Jasper Somsen Group
2013: "Sardegna" - Jasper Somsen Group
2017: "A New Episode In Life" part I - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli
2017: "A New Episode In Life" part II - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli
Jasper performes world wide, can be heard on more than 30 albums and is frequently invited as a guest teacher at the conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Arnhem.
Ocean of Wisdom (J. Somsen) - From the Jasper Somsen Group album: "Sardegna" (2013)
2017 (all albums to be released)
Christian Doepke Trio feat. Bob Sheppard: "Patience"
Vera Naus: "Young Heart"
Jasper Somsen Trio feat. Jean Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli: "A New Episode In Life part II" (Challenge)
Jasper Somsen Trio feat. Jean Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli: "A New Episode In Life part I"
Willem Hellbreker Quartet: "Balanced Action" (Hellbreker)
Luca Gianquitto: "Nibiru"
Jan Verwey Trio: "Dream Dancing" (OAP Records)
Enrico Pieranunzi Trio: "European Trio" (Jazz Italiano Live)
JD Walter & the Michiel Buursen Trio: "Standards at Qubic" (Qubic Music)
Maurice Rugebregt & Jasper Somsen: "Two's Blues (a tribute to Jim Hall)" (MauRecords)
Enrico Pieranunzi Trio: "Tales From The Unexpected" (Intuition/WDR)
Jasper Somsen Group: "Sardegna" (Challenge)
Jasper Somsen Group: "Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi)" (Challenge)
Maria Markesini: "Jazz at the Concertgebouw 4" (Radio Netherlands Worldwide)
Willem Hellbreker/Frits Landesbergen Saxvibes: "It's Allright With Me" (Baileo)
Trio Bert Lochs feat. Lydia van Dam: "Live" (Music Under Construction)
Maud Nellissen's Film Orchestra The Sprockets: "The Three Must Get Theres (Max Linder)" (DVD - Lobster)
Trio Bert Lochs: "Mouth Pieces" (Music Under Construction)
Trio Jan Pilon feat. Myrte Buys: "Architects In Jazz (The Music of Ellington & Strayhorn)" (New Standard Records)
New Standard Trio: "Nightshift Thunder" (New Standard Records)
Trio Jan Pilon feat. Eline Gemerts: "Is You Is" (Independent)
New Standard Trio: "Footsteps (The Music of Sting)" (New Standard Records)
Frido Ter Beek: "Ahuila Maguilé" (Alfajor Records)
Bert Lochs Inquisitive Quartet (BLIQ): "BAQ" (Music Under Construction)
TETTERO: "Unicycle" (Independent)
Photo: Marcel van den Broek, New Arts International