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Machteld Cambridge

Machteld Cambridge

With her powerful but mellow voice she knows exactly how to hold the attention of an audience. She has a fascinating charisma and an incredible varied timbre in her voice. At the same time her performances are like a journey through time, a living illustration of the history of jazz vocals throughout the first half of the 20th century. All sorts of different styles are represented here: of course neither deeply religious spirituals nor lively gospels are missing, nor are slow blues melodies and ballads, swinging jazz standards or Caribbean sounds reminiscent of their carnival festivities. In short: Machteld Cambridge is a welcome complement to the already wide range of music offered by the Aces of Syncopation.


Mike Goetz

Mike Goetz

Pianist Mike Goetz is from Switzerland. Mike has studied nearly every possible piano jazz style, and is capable of blending in perfectly with any rhythm section. His great musical passion is "stride piano", a style of which he is a true master. A highly acclaimed sideman, he has toured with many international jazz stars such as Clark Terry, Peanuts Hucko, Earl Warren, Doc Cheatham, Warren Vach , Humphrey Lyttleton and Scott Hamilton.
Mike is also a well-known jazz music teacher. As such, he has been in charge of the jazz workshops in Lenk, Switzerland, since the very beginning, in 1994. The workshop is held during the annual jazz festival, in this picturesque Swiss village.


Arend Huisman

Arend Huisman

Arend has been playing the trombone since he was twelve. As he had always wanted to become a professional musician he enrolled as a student at the Conservatory of Music in Groningen and in Hilversum. He completed his studies under Bart van Lier. Arend is very much in demand as a guest soloist, who is at home in several quite different styles of music: big band, traditional jazz, swing, bebob and pop. In addition, he lectures in music and conducts big bands. He is a regular guest with the Aces of Syncopation and can be heard on their CD, In the shade of the old apple tree.


Olivier Franc

Olivier Franc

Olivier Franc, the French "maestro" on the soprano saxophone, is a welcome guest with the Aces of Syncopation. The connection between them, of course, is the richly facetted music of Sidney Bechet. In France Olivier is considered to be the only true successor of Sidney Bechet, and has been awarded the Prix Sidney Bechet de l'Académie du jazz. Olivier is René Franc's son. René was also an outstanding clarinettist who played in the style of Bechet and shared the stage with Bechet himself on countless occassions. Could the influence of Bechet be hereditary?


Dick Sleeman

Dick Sleeman (†)

On Monday July 26th 2010 Dick Sleeman passed away. Dick is renowned as Europe's number one classical and mainstream jazz trombonist. His jubilant style is reminiscent of jazz greats such as Carl Fontana and Abe Lincoln. In addition to the trombone, Dick also excelled in playing the euphonium (his first love) and the flugelhorn. Dick has played with many of the best known bands in the Dutch trad. jazz scene, for example: The Dixieland Pipers, The Dutch Swing College Band, The Down Town Jazzband, The Four City Seven, The Harbour Jazzband, The Rivival Jazzband, Bob van Oven's (†) Black and Blue Masters and The Aces Of Syncopation. Besides, one could hear Dick every Sunday morning playing the organ in church.