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About us

Blue Bird Collective consists of 6 musicians who met during their jazz education at the Djam in Amsterdam.

Rose Dros

The singer of Blue Bird Collective is a creative person through and through. She studied at the theater school in Utrecht and always danced a lot. From the age of 14 she was completely crazy about Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and the music from the series The Singing Detective. The love for jazz and music also remained present during the theater school and she decided to do jazz vocal training with Djam in Amsterdam after graduating. Roos is also active in other music settings and theater groups. Roos, originally from the island Texel is therefore a real performer.

Sacha Koppert

Flutist of Blue Bird Collective started playing the flute at the age of 10, first classical and later jazz. A beautiful sound is paramount to her, combined with the virtuosity that the instrument offers. In addition to regular flute, she likes to play the alto flute and her special bass flute (made of PVC pipe). This because of her love for the warm, and here and there a bit hoarse sound of these instruments. Sacha has played in different formations, from big band to smaller ensembles. In addition to playing the flute, Sacha likes to compose and arrange her own songs.

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Jack van Leeuwen

The pianist of Blue Bird Collective enjoyed classical piano training until he was 19 years old and specialized in Dutch modern classical music and was also active as a pianist in hotels and restaurants. Jacques has further specialized in jazz in recent years and plays in various music formations from small to large, from fusion to big band and jazz combos. He has taken the advice of his first jazz piano teacher John Reyna to heart -playing together with other musicians as much as possible, then you learn the fastest. His great piano heroes are Keith Jarrett and Kenny Barron.

Derek van Belen

Drummer of Blue Bird Collective is a passionate jazz (fusion) drummer and multi-instrumentalist from Amsterdam. As a working musician, he has been praised for his flexible musical approach and ideas, which have emerged from his vast musical experiences. Derek has played in a wide variety of acts in his musical past, ranging from metal to big band music.

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Bas Hörchner

Bassist van Blue Bird Collective is een bevlogen musicus uit Flevoland. Begon op zevenjarige leeftijd met klassieke vioollessen. Op zijn veertiende is hij overgestapt naar de contrabas.  Vanaf zijn 17e speelt hij contrabas in diverse jazz/ pop bandjes.

Naast het contrabassen schrijft hij ook jazz liedjes en in 2017 schreef hij de muziek voor een lokale kindermusical. Bas volgde baslessen bij onder andere Marco van Os en Sven Schuster en combo workshops bij Hans Mantel, Marius Beets, Joris Teepe en Omar Rodriguez Calvo. 

Gordon Rossbach

“Dear all, this was a great evening and a very good concert. Thank you very much ! (I had the chance of a short talk to Bas and to Roos after the concert.) Yours Gordon."
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