Flo's Flow

Floriaan Wempe

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917334722
Catalog number: CR 73347
Releasedate: 25-09-12
Debut-cd of Floriaan Wempe with a stellar cast band: pianist Karel Boehlee (Toots Thielemans, Gino Vannelli), bassplayer Jos Machtel (Brussels Jazz Orchestra) from New York, drummer Willie Jones III (Roy Hargrove Quintet, Hank Jones).
  • Debut-cd of saxophone player Floriaan Wempe with a stellar cast band!
  • With Karel Boehlee (piano), Jos Machtel (double bass) and Willie Jones III(drums)
  • The band swings, possess good taste both as soloists and accompanists and have a great understanding of the rich jazz tradition
  • Wempe thinks we should get rid of the misconception that  jazz is old, difficult and boring
  • Wempe hopes one will enjoy the energy of this album and find out that jazz is alive, accessible and hip
  • Jazz lives!
'Flo's Flow' is a fresh and adventurous CD, on which 7 out of 8 tracks are Floriaan's compositions. The music can be categorized as melodic, energetic and romantic jazz, deeply rooted in the tradition, ranging from swinging neobop to latin and funk influences. Especially for the recording Floriaan wrote a few arrangements for 3 horns featuring Tom van der Zaal on alto saxophone and John Ruocco on clarinet.

For the recording of his debut Floriaan brought together a band of phenomenal musicians to do a tour and record his debut CD as a leader. This stellar cast consists of Karel Boehlee on piano (Toots Thielemans, Gino Vannelli), Jos Machtel on bass (Brussels Jazz Orchestra) and, all the way from New York, Willie Jones III on drums (Roy Hargrove Quintet & RH Factor, Hank Jones). It can only be described as a dream for a 22-yearold to work with some of the finest and most experienced musicians around.
In his childhood Floriaan Wempe was very much exposed to jazz and classical music and already at the age of 5 he asked for Charlie Parker and John Coltrane CDs to be played. It was inevitable for him to start playing the saxophone at the age of 9, after changing teeth.

After a few years of classical tuition he started focusing on jazz. Only 12 years old, he was awarded a second prize in the national Princess Christina Jazz Competition. In the next few years he was part of a band of promising young players, coached by Robert Veen, bringing him to many stages, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival. This formation, “The New Arrivals”, won the 1st prize in the Princess Christina Jazz Competition as well as the Alumni Award.

In May 2011 Floriaan graduated cum laude from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he studied with John Ruocco, Toon Roos and Rolf Delfos. Over the past few years he has established himself as a soloist in various settings and as a sideman with e.g. New Cool Collective and The Royal Conservatory Big Band. As a soloist he was awarded the Leidse Jazz Award 2010 and nominated for the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award 2010.

In 2012 Floriaan will release his debut CD presenting his original compositions as well as an international stellar cast, consisting of Karel Boehlee, Jos Machtel and Willie Jones III. Despite his young age Floriaan already shared the stage with a lot of other greats, such as Benjamin Herman, Peter Beets, Rik Mol, Juraj Stanik, Joost van Schaik, Frank McComb, Slide Hampton, Joe Cohn, Peter Erskine, Owen Hart jr., Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. Venues he played at include the Bimhuis, the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz Festival, Haarlem Jazz Festival and Utrecht Jazz Festival.