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Ruud De Vries

Tenor saxophonist Ruud de Vries (the Netherlands) started playing saxophone at 27 years of age. He bought his first saxophone in 1987 and became a fulltime professional player in 1997. Today he is a popular artist in the jazz- and dance scenes.

Ruud de Vries is an openminded, versatile saxophonist. It makes no difference to him whether he’s playing with his jazz quartet in a bar, with his funky band at a festival or with a DJ at a dance party. He will make a party everywhere.

It's not in Ruud's nature to specialize in one musical style. He rather specializes in a personal saxophone sound and a broad musical approach. He uses a lot of styles: funk, dance, rock, blues, rock & roll, soul, calypso, afrobeat, latin, pop.. and he will always incorporate the latest pop hits in his performances.

Ruud has been band leader ever since he started playing. He performed with his band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and he leads a powerful, instrumental funky jazz band that appeals to many music lovers: Ruud de Vries & Funky People.

Next to his main band Ruud is band leader of his Jazz Quartet and his current side projects Big Hammond Blow (souljazz) and Swang Thang (swing).

Next to his performances with his bands Ruud made a name for himself performing with DJ's and many other DJ's. His unique sax sound and experience make him one of the most exciting sax players in the DJ & sax field.

Ruud released 4 albums under his own name (Upshot, Gravy, Moodprints and Afrikaas), 3 albums as a tenor sax team (Kiers & De Vries: Blow Job, Live in Burgerveen and Superglued) and contributed to many albums of other musicians. Both Ruud’s first album Blow Job (1998) and his album Moodprints (2015), contain a guest appearance of his sax godfather Hans Dulfer.

Next to his abum recordings Ruud also recorded single tracks with dance music producers, like D-Reflection's Hannah Saxtimes mix. He also recorded an instrumental version of Sam Smith's Stay with Me and the instrumental track Cadeautje (also available on CD Baby).

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