Gidon Nunes Vaz




Trumpeter Gidon Nunes Vaz (born in Amsterdam 1991) has been involved in the city’s jazz scène for the last 15 years. Arising on an early age out of the jazz workshops of Peter Guidi, he graduated for his Master degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2015, as a student of Ruud Breuls. During his  degree he also studied with Terell Stafford and John Swana at Temple University (Philadelphia, USA) in 2013. An important part of his student time he spent on research about trumpeter Kenny Dorham (1924 – 1972), to write his thesis about the unknown life story and the unique playing style of Dorham.                                                                                            Apart from his own bands: a sextet and quartet, Gidon is a widely asked sideman in the Netherlands, he has played with The Eric Ineke JazzXpress, Rein de Graaff Quintet with Gary Smulyan, John Engels Quintet and a variety of professional big bands and ensembles. In 2008, he won the Baseline Codarts Jazz Award, given to him by the legendary bassist Hein van de Geyn (Chet Baker Quartet 1987). In the last years Gidon has produced four albums on Tritone Jazz Records. With his sextet and quartet Gidon brings jazz in it’s pure form, swinging’ and with elements of the blues. His music is well received by jazz lovers and musicians.

“A standard-bearer for a new generation of jazz trumpeters in Holland and a band leader of exquisite taste, Gidon is a wonderful example of the great times we live in.” – Benjamin Herman 

“With a respect for the past, Gidon plays trumpet with mastery and confidence. Like all accomplished jazz musicians, he's absorbed the language, and is now conversing in real time with his fellow musicians. He has something to say, and I think you'll agree. Gidon Nunes Vaz has a bright future ahead.” – John Swana



Other teachers: Willem van der Vliet (trumpet), Erik van Lier (big band/octet), Jasper Blom (small group), Ferdinand Povel, Dick Oatts (instrumental), Tim Warfield (small group), Tanya Darby, Dennis Wasko and Joe Magnarelli (trumpet ensemble), John Clayton, Justin DiCioCio,  Don Menza, Matt Harris (big band), Jan Faas, Henk Huizinga (theory), and many more…

Played with: Dutch Concert Big Band, New Cool Collective Big Band, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, BvR Flamenco Big Band, Northern European Jazz Orchestra, Bolita Big Band, Wicked Jazz Sounds, Jazzmania Big Band, CVA Concert Big Band, Temple University Jazz Band, New Generation Big Band, New Amsterdam Big Band, Dreamgirls (musical), Sonny’s Inc., AmBeCo Jazz Orchestra, Bop This!, Gidon Nunes Vaz Quintet/Sextet/Quartet, Eric Ineke JazzXpress, Rein de Graaff Quintet (with Gary Smulyan), Henk Meutgeert Trio, Peter Beets/Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra, JazzArt Orchestra and many more…