Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He is an open minded versatile musician. Best known as a Jazz musician his field of interest and expertise also includes cross overs to classical, pop, world and film music and theater productions.
Jasper has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi and Paolo Fresu.
Besides a performer and composer, Jasper Somsen is a Challenge Records artist and a renowned studio producer.
Challenge Records International releases as a (co-)leader:
- John Helliwell - Jasper Somsen feat. Hans Vroomans & Marcel Serierse:"Don't Ever Leave Me" (2022)
- Enrico Pieranunzi & Jasper Somsen: "Voyage In Time" (a suite in nine movements) (2022)
- Enrico Pieranunzi/Jasper Somsen/Jorge Rossy: "Common View" (2020)
- Jasper Somsen Trio, feat. Jean-Michel Pilc and André Ceccarelli: “A New Episode In Life, part I” (2017)
- Jasper Somsen Trio, feat. Jean-Michel Pilc and André Ceccarelli: “A New Episode In Life, part II” (2017)
- Jasper Somsen Group: “Sardegna” (2013)
- Jasper Somsen Group: “Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry” (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi – 2010)
Most of Jasper's compositions can be heard on his albums. His compositions "Silk Threads" and "Love Waiting Endlessly" (album: Common View) reached approx. 10 million listeners on Spotify. His suite "Voyage In Time" for piano and double bass is highly praised by both the audience and the international press.
With the Portuguese Jazz and Fado vocalist Maria Mendes he won the Dutch EDISON AWARD 2020 (Jazz/World Music) and was nominated for an American GRAMMY 2021 and a Latin GRAMMY 2020.
Jasper performs world wide and can be heard on more than 45 albums, video and film music scores.
Outside a busy playing and studio producing schedule he is an educator at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem (NL) and the general director of the foundation Cultural City of Wageningen, in his hometown.
(c) 2018 photo Jasper by Maria Puga Lareo (header) | (c) 2021 photos Jasper by Robbert Kamphuis
Somsen’s features a punchy dancing tone while never losing the questing feel or dancing emotions the whole journey suggests.
The New York City Jazz Record (USA)
Jasper’s soaring lyricism and deep swing places him among today’s finest European double bassists.
Larry Abrams (USA)
Bassist Somsen’s his bass lines swinging flawlessly.
Arts Journal (USA)
Somsen’s bass solo probes the lines with creativity and respect … one brings a smile to your face.
Notes On Jazz (USA)
Somsen’s poetic melodies seem to float.
Somsen his expertise is in tonal purity and a full sound. He caresses the sound as it journeys into an inner consciousness of imagination.
One lingering composition followed by another … a true pleasure to listen to, over and over again.
Somsen displays outstanding technique and melodic sense.
Jazz History Online (USA)
Jasper Somsen creates his spherical Jazz micro cosmos carefully and precise.
MultiKulti Project (POL)
Perfect amalgam for a music that’s highly personal.
Music Zoom (IT)
Somsen playing both rhythmically and harmonically the right tones at the right place.
Seemingly effortless he actively responds and counters new ideas with his trademark for sensibility and lyricism.
Donata van de Ven (NL)
2023-2024 (expected releases - subject to change)
Enrico Pieranunzi | Jasper Somsen | Gabriele Mirabassi: "Voyage In Time II" (Challenge Records)
Lynne Arriale Trio feat. Jasper Somsen & Billy Hart (Challenge Records)
Alessandro Di Liberto & The Sardinian Chamber Orchestra (feat. Peter Erskine & Eric Marienthal)
John Helliwell – Jasper Somsen feat. Hans Vroomans & Marcel Serierse: “Don’t Ever Leave Me”(Challenge Records)
Maria Mendes & Metropole Orchestra: "Saudade - Colour of Love" (Challenge Records) TOP 20 BEST ALBUMS 2022-JAZZISM MAGAZINE (NL)
Enrico Pieranunzi & Jasper Somsen: “Voyage In Time” (Challenge Records)
Lynne Arriale Trio feat. Jasper Somsen & EJ Strickland: "The Lights Are Always On" (Challenge Records) TOP 20 BEST ALBUMS 2022 - JAZZ WEEK RADIO CHARTS (USA)
Johan Hoogwijs : “Alles Is Als Het Zou Moeten Zijn” (Dutch Film Works, both double bass and bass guitar)
Enrico Pieranunzi | Jasper Somsen | Jorge Rossy: “Common View” (Challenge Records)
Lynne Arriale Trio feat. Jasper Somsen & EJ Strickland: “Chimes Of Freedom” (Challenge Records)
Paulus Schäfer/Joost Zoeteman Quartet: “Django” (Sinti Music)
Bob Sheppard, feat. John Beasley, Jasper Somsen & Kendrick Scott: “The Fine Line” (Challenge Records)
Maria Mendes & Metropole Orchestra: “Close To Me” (Justin Time) EDISON AWARD 2020
Film Orchestra The Sprockets: “Eine Tolle Nacht” (Arte/ZDF)
Lynne Arriale Trio feat. Jasper Somsen & Jasper van Hulten: “Give Us These Days” (Challenge Records)
Jean-Michel Pilc: “Parallel” – solo piano album, produced by Jasper Somsen (Challenge Records)
Pieter Bast ESP :”Le Condition Humaine” (Buzz Music)
Christian Doepke feat. Bob Sheppard, Jasper Somsen & Jasper van Hulten: “Patience” (ZenneZ Records)
Jasper Somsen Trio feat. Jean Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli: “A New Episode In Life part I” (Challenge)
Jasper Somsen Trio feat. Jean Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli: “A New Episode In Life part II” (Challenge)
Vera Naus: “Young Heart” (ZenneZ Records)
Willem Hellbreker Quartet: “Balanced Action” (Hellbreker)
Luca Gianquitto: “Nibiru” (Independent)
Jan Verwey Trio: “Dream Dancing” (OAP Records)
Enrico Pieranunzi Trio: “European Trio” (Jazz Italiano Live – La Repubblica)
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: “Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi)”(Challenge Records)
Willem Hellbreker/Frits Landesbergen Saxvibes: “It’s Allright With Me” (Baileo)
Maria Markesini: “Jazz at the Concertgebouw” (Radio Netherlands Worldwide)
Trio Bert Lochs feat. Lydia van Dam: “Live” (Music Under Construction)
Film Orchestra The Sprockets: “The Three Must Get Theres (Max Linder)” (Lobster)
Michiel Buursen: “Dualogy (The Music of A.C. Jobim)” (MBM&P)
Trio Bert Lochs: “Mouth Pieces” (Music Under Construction)
Trio Jan Pilon: “Architects In Jazz (The Music of Ellington & Strayhorn)” (New Standard Records)
2001 – 2006
New Standard Trio: “Nightshift Thunder” (New Standard Records)
Trio Jan Pilon feat. Eline Gemerts: “Is You Is” (Independent)
Film Orchestra The Sprockets: “Domzien In Verwondering (750 anniversary of the city of Utrecht)” (‘t Hoogt)
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)
Media Info & Technical Rider
Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, Paris (original 4 string bass, build approx. 1895)
Roger Lotte (French)
Double Bass Strings
Thomastik - Belcanto (medium)
David Gage "The Realist"
Stage & Home Studio Microphone
Audio Technica AT 4040
Sire - Marcus Miller V10 +S4/NT
Bass Guitar Strings
D'Addario EXL 165
MARKBASS Little Mark CMD 121 (combo)
MARKBASS Little Mark 250 Black Line (top - on the road)
Jasper Somsen plays MARKBASS amplifiers
(c) 2013 photo Arkady Mitnik