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Piet Noordijk

as, 1932-2011 NL, Rotterdam
Musician of Jazz

Dutch alto saxophonist (Jazz) Piet Noordijk (1932) studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory between 1950 and 1954. He graduated cum laude on clarinet. On alto saxophone, he is self-taught. He died on October 8, 2011 at the age of 79. In the beginning of the Fifties, Noordijk (1932) got hooked on jazz music. His main influence was Charlie Parker. During the German occupation it was forbidden to listen to jazz music in public. That didn’t prevent Noordijk’s older brothers from playing jazz at home. Music was what kept the Noordijk family going. After the war, Piet started studying the clarinet at the Rotterdam Conservatory. To his disappointment, he couldn’t play jazz at the Conservatory. He had to wait until the fifties, when he started playing in nightclubs, with a varied repertoire. He got more and more studio jobs, and he ended up working as a studio musician. In the sixties, Noordijk played with the legendary Mischa Mengelberg/Piet Noordijk Quartet. He still considers the concert they gave at the Newport Jazz Festival to be a milestone in his career. In 1965 he was awarded the Wessel Ilcken Award, an important jazz award in The Netherlands. In the seventies Piet Noordijk worked with all kinds of bands. In 1978 he became lead alto player with the Metropole Orchestra, and a much sought-after soloist. He played under conductors such as Enrico Morricone, Robert Farnon, Rogier van Otterloo, Jerry van Rooyen, Rob Pronk and Henk Meutgeert. He remained with the orchestra until 1992. He was also a frequent guest with other (television) orchestras like The Skymasters and The Ramblers. During the North Sea Jazz Festival 1987 Piet Noordijk was awarded with the prestigious Bird Award. The jury called him ‘an alto and clarinet player without a peer in Dutch post war jazz music’.

  • Alto sax
  • Soprano sax
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • R&B/Soul
  • Soundtrack
  • Rock
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If You Leave Me Now on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk
You're My World on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk
Sir Duke on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk
When I Need You on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk
Don't Cry For Me Argentina on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk
Dream Of A Child on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk
Isn't She Lovely on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk
A Star Is Born on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk
Easy Going on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk
Cinderella Fly on Finished Product by Piet Noordijk

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Johnny Come Lately (Live In Groningen 1973)Ben Webster Meets Piet Noordijk2016Album
Swinging with StringsPiet Noordijk, Metropole Orchestra2009Album
Jubilee ConcertPiet Noordijk2007Album
Pete's GroovePiet Noordijk2004Album
Piet Plays SinatraPiet Noordijk2002Album
New QuintetPiet Noordijk2000Album
SaxophonePiet Noordijk1989Compil.
Piet Noordijk Quartet LivePiet Noordijk1988Album
Just When I Needed You Most / Sail On / Piets ReggeaPiet Noordijk1979Single
Just When I Needed You MostPiet Noordijk1979Album
Finished ProductPiet Noordijk1977Album
De Beste Van Piet NoordijkPiet Noordijk1976Compil.
Sunrise On The ShorePiet Noordijk1976Album
MistyPiet Noordijk1975Single
You Are So BeautifulPiet Noordijk1975Album
Walk On The Wild SidePiet Noordijk1974Single
PrototypePiet Noordijk1974Album
Falling In Love AgainPiet Noordijk1965Single
Piet Plays BirdPiet NoordijkAlbum
Silence & Romance 5 Record BoxPiet Noordijk, Dick Bakker Orchestra Featuring Joop Stokkermans, Mike Asthor, Nico Gomez And His Top OrchestraAlbum
De Varajazz All StarsKenny Wheeler, Piet Noordijk, Fred Leeflang, Ferdinand Povel, Gijs Hendriks, Nico Bunink, Jan Voogd, John EngelsAlbum
A Tribute To RogierPiet Noordijk, Metropole OrchestraAlbum
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