Dan Whieldon’s European Quartet is made up of Belgian trumpeter Jean-Paul Estievenart, bassist Sam Gerstman and his regular British drummer- Dave Walsh.
Dan has written new material for today’s concert but it will also contain some better known repertoire from his album Positive Changes. The music contains a blend of European-Jazz and Classical influences, Dan’s usual lyrical melodies but also a healthy dose of swing.
Jean Paul Estievenart is an in-demand Belgian trumpet player who has worked with Enrico Pieranunzi, Nathalie Loriers, Avishai Cohen, Logan Richardson, Joe Lovano, Brussels Jazz Orchestra and Perico Sambeat.
Sam Gerstmans, one of Dan’s favourite European bassists. Sam was born in Liège in 1978, in a family of musicians. His father is an active classical violinist. He starts learning the violin at the age of 6. At the age of 8, he switches to the trumpet. In 1997, he studies at the Jazz Studio, then joins the jazz department of the Brussels Conservatory, where bassist Michel HATZIGEORGIOU is his teacher.
It is only in September 2000 that he picks up the double bass, with Jean-Louis RASSINFOSSE as a teacher.
He subsequently draws attention from different teachers and musicians, and starts playing on the jazz scene with well known players.
Dave Walsh and Dan Whieldon need no introduction to our audience at Southport and make up the other part of what promises to be an excellent quartet.
Dan Whieldon – Piano
Jean-Paul Estievenart – Trumpet
Sam Gerstmans – Double Bass
Dave Walsh – Drums