Joris Roelofs, born 2-21-1984 in Aix-en-Provence (France), plays alto/ tenor/sopranosax, clarinet and flute. He has been a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra since 2005. Joris also plays lead alto in the Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw. He graduated in 2007 as a Master of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2003 he won the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown Fellowship Award in the US, and in 2004 he won the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award in the Netherlands.
Among others, he played with John Marshall, Gary Smulyan, Ralph Peterson, Ari Hoenig, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Pete King, Sonny Fortune, Jimmy Halperin, Christina Branco, Alegre Correa, Endrigo Bettega, Ferdinand Povel en Rein de Graaf. He also did a recording as a clarinet soloist with Laura Fygi and the Metropole Orchestra. As a leader he performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, and several times at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He moved to New York City on march 4 2008. Joris just recorded his first solo album, ‘Introducing Joris Roelofs’. It was recorded in New York with Ari Hoenig, Aaron Goldberg and Matt Penman for Wolfgang Muthspiel’s record label Material Records, to be released in september 2008.
Joris studied with Paul Weiling, Ferdinand Povel, Jasper Blom, Dick Oatts, Sal Mosca and now with Ari Hoenig.