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Juraj-Stanik-c-Piet-GispenWhile I was studying I  started playing a lot of gigs with alto saxophonist Benjamin Herman at Café Alto and Bourbon Street in Amsterdam. Later there were concerts at De Kring at the Leidsche Plein. I worked with my own sextet and we played at The Ivrea Jazz festival Italy.  I also visited New York City and played with a lot of great musicians there like John Swana, Essiet Essiet and Tim Armacost at places like Smalls and Augies. With Benjamin Herman and Jasper Blom we formed the band “Five up High”. With this band we played at numerous festivals like the San Sebastian Festival in Spain.

In the mean time I also worked with “The Ben van den Dungen-Jarmo Hoogendijk quintett”. We toured through The Netherlands, Germany and many other countries. We performed at festivals like The North Sea Festival in The Hague. We literally played hundreds of gigs. Drummer John Engels and later Owen Hart Jr played in this band. We also formed the band “Brand New Orleans”  and  tried to integrate African rhyhmical elements in our music. Again with Benjamin Herman and DJ Graham B we played at “The Soul Kitchen” in Amsterdam. (Beats with improvisation) I played the Rhodes piano.

Another experiment was “Eveline and the Groove Movement”. We integrated jazz elements in Rap and Hip Hop music. An interesting project for Codarts In Rotterdam was a collective Improvisation with piano and dancers. With Bird Award winner Toon Roos we toured in Spain. I have had the privilege to perform with players such as Elvin Queen, Bob Berg, Benny Bailey, Chris Potter, Pat Metheny and Tom Harrell.

At present I am teaching and traveling quite a lot. I am performing with Ack van Rooyen and my trio and I work as a sideman with various artists like Sonny Fortune, Randy Brecker, Max Ionata and Phil Harper. I recently visited Indonesia, Norway, Dubai, Africa, Pakistan amongst other country’s. This year I was invited to teach in Greece at the Ionian University.