Reuniting with poet Remco Campert and Benjamin Herman last month was ever inspiring.

Next month I have a double bill at the U-Jazz festival in Utrecht:
GvG + Lilian Vieira duo // Lighthouse. Look out for new material..

I\'m diving deeper into electronics and it\'s freeing. I\'m writing for a new album AND looks like I\'ll be moving to southern California for some time coming summer so I\'m eager to check out LA and the rest of the westcoast scene more.


Please join my ARTIST PAGE on FB to stay updated, this here news-section is not exactly following my every move, given the fact that my last update here was almost a year ago. Let me take a minute now though.


Last year was an incredible year, with LIGHTHOUSE becoming the top selling jazz album in the Netherlands. The interview for LIFE + TIMES of JAY-Z was a personal highlight and we were blessed with other heartfelt reviews coming in from all directions, including newspaper Volkskrant dubbing it best jazz album of the year!


This year's most memorable show was our set at NORTH SEA JAZZ Fest. It's no secret that my parents once met at the festival over 30 years ago, and it is always a very special occasion for me to perform there. This was the first time doing so with my own group. We had a great time, and it was an honor to play to a full house, when there was so much great music going on at the same time.


In the midst of other LIGHTHOUSE shows, new ideas for a next record are developing. I will be indulging more in electronics, hopefully with some old and new friends.. I will keep you posted.

09.27.15Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw

Last weekend I played my own music, arranged by Rob Horsting for the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. Also featuring the music and vocal talent of Simin Tander.

My very first public performance ever was with this same bigband, 15 years ago. It was one of the defining experiences that drove me towards becoming a musician. So what a pleasure to play with them as a guest again, after all that time.

Michel Holla shot a great video, please follow the link to check it out!

12.02.14Music, music, music

A lot has happened in a short amount of time.

LIGHTHOUSE has kept on getting a lot of love, from different parts of the globe. It was featured on Jay-Z's Life + Times, Revive, Gilles Peterson Worldwide, Allaboutjazz, received a nomination for the French Grand Prix du Disque and has been doing very well in Japan too.

The VINYL dropped a few weeks back. It sounds and looks great, and is in limited supply..

- Videos of the album release show are up on Youtube (see the links section)

Now for OTHER music, I was in the studio for Lars Dietrich's very exciting upcoming electronic album.. stay tuned. We also play the Bimhuis for a NYE concert curated by Reinier Baas.

Music has also been building with Jameszoo and Raphael Vanoli lately, we play Mitchel's music and it's really starting to come alive.

I'm very excited about what is going on in electronica right now, there's so much movement and forward thinking happening, it's very inspirational.

All in all I haven't felt this good about music in a long time... something is in the air alright!


09.18.14Revive Interview + album release tour NL

The wonderful folks at REVIVE did an interview with me, mostly about the record. For who is curious about the background of the music, it is worth checking out.

At the same time I'm getting ready for the first album release tour here in the Netherlands. The band is Jamire Williams, Lilian Vieira, Lucas Pino and Rick Rosato.
I'm very eager to finally play this material live, especially with these guys. Here are the dates. We hope to see you.

24 sept Paradox, Tilburg
25 sept L/V, Rotterdam
27 sept Bimhuis, Amsterdam

09.13.14How to get my record

I've been getting some questions about how to get a a copy of the CD, here's how.
Lighthouse is distributed worldwide via BERTUS, and can be ordered at any regular record store.

On stock at any Velvet/Concerto/Plato store
Bol.com / Platomania.eu

Order at any record store

Order at any record store



The response so far is better than I could have hoped for, including a 5***** review in Dutch newspaper Parool and a #1 position on the iTunes jazz charts. I want to thank everyone who is buying this record and supporting my music.

If you want to stay on top of things please join me on FB.

08.11.14Revive Music

The first single off my new album Lighthouse: 'Victory Joy Dance' is featured as exclusive premier on one of my favorite sites REVIVE MUSIC !

08.10.14Bounce Magazine // Japan

Lighthouse is picked as top recommendation of all new releases ! by Tower Records Japan's Bounce magazine. Thank you for the honor!


My second album, Lighthouse, is done! Check the listen-section for the first preview!

The record will be released in Japan on P-Vine August 6th, followed by the worldwide release early September.

Of course, I'm bringing the band to The Netherlands for our first album-release tour, please check the dates section for more info.

Stay tuned folks!

04.13.14Spring + summer showdates!

Some really nice dates coming up to share with you, including more shows + a recording date with JAMESZOO.

There is more music coming your way with LARS DIETRICH's electronic project, also featuring Jamie Peet.

Then for summer, I'll be playing keys in TAKUYA KURODA's band, during a very nice european tour. Check the performance section for details.

Behind the curtains, I'm working very hard at finishing my album.. it's mixed by the fabulous Brian Bender.. now off to mastering!

The album will be called .. LIGHTHOUSE

More to come soon..


09.27.13New band, new album!

I just came back from a great couple of weeks in NYC, where I recorded my second album as a leader at Sear Sound studios. The band this time is Becca Stevens (voc), Lucas Pino (sax and clarinet), Rick Rosato (bs) and Jamire Williams on drums. Recording and additional production was done by the great Brian Bender (who also did Jose James' No beginning No end). The music came out sounding wonderful and I can't wait to share this music, but want to wait until it's mixed etc. before I put up a little preview! Keep you posted!

03.04.13New showdates: spring tour Lilian Vieira + GvG

Because our show at the Concertgebouw was such a blast, we set up a little tour with Lilian Vieira and myself paying hommage to Toninho Horta's music. Come out if you can! Please see the performances-section for dates!

11.14.12New showdates - Lars Dietrich, ERIMAJ

Hello all,

There are some exciting dates coming up (check performances-section for details)

- Nov 22nd and 23rd I will be subbing in Jamire Williams' ERIMAJ, a band comprised of some of New York's finest

- Dec 13th I'm part of Lars Dietrich's tryout of all new compositions by Lars, joined by young talent Jamie Peet on drums. Lars recently relocated to Amsterdam and we're very happy he's back stirring things up over here!

08.16.12Concertgebouw with Lilian Vieira + more

August 31st will be a special date. I will be playing a duo concert with the great Lilian Vieira, known for her work with Zuco 103, among many other things.

This night will be a tribute to perhaps our favorite Brazilian singer/guitarist/composer Toninho Horta, and definitely one of my all time favorite composers, playing our interpretations of his compositions. It will be at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Looking forward to this one in a BIG way!

Also, more dates with Jameszoo are coming up on Night of the Unexpected (Amsterdam/Utrecht/Eindhoven) more details to follow on that one!


02.09.12New showdates - April

I have the pleasure to be reunited with vocalist extraordinaire Jose James for 2 performances showcasing brand new material off his forthcoming album No Beginning, No End.

April 4th - MC Theater, Amsterdam
April 5th - Lantaren / Ventster, Rotterdam

Also, my collaboration with the talented producer Jameszoo, who has an EP coming up, continues:
April 21st - Jameszoo live @ Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam

Looking foward to these shows!

12.01.11little update

Well, it's about that time. A little update.

First of all, nice press keeps coming in from France. Check out the november + december issues of SoJazz magazine for a nice review on Perpetual and a column I was asked to do on Andrew Hill.

Then, I will be reunited with drummer Richard Spaven, since we both played in Jose James' band together some time ago. We will be going to Japan together as part of 'Finn Silver', headed by Fridolijn van Poll and Mark Berman. They're blowing up in Japan, so we get to play the Billboard Live in Tokyo and Osaka.

Another date a little further out, but one I'm quite excited about is the Concertgebouw with Zuco 103's Lilian Vieira.
We will be playing duo, and only compositions by the great Toninho Horta, as we found out, a big inspiration to the both of us.

03.23.11All About Jazz review

Here's the direct link to a nice and in-depth review of Perpetual by AllAboutJazz.com!

03.09.11Getting my CD in the US: Amazon.com

Up until recently, my CD was only available in the US through Dusty Groove or as an expensive import. However, now it's finally available at a much more reasonable price, directly from Amazon.com.

For the vinyl (wherever you are in the world), you are probably best off looking at www.positiveandfocused.tk or www.kindred-spirits.nl and ordering directly from there. The vinyl is a co-production of Positive and Focused Records + Kindred Spirits!



About time for an update!
Let me share with you what has been happening lately.

- The first pressing of Perpetual (CD) is almost sold out. Thanks everyone for buying my music!
- The master used for the vinyl was also released as an electronic EP on iTunes. Great sounding remaster + 1 solo piano bonus track, called 'Moonstone'. And it's only 3 bucks ;-)
- Aside from all the great Dutch and Japanese press, there was a great review publshed on All About Jazz. Extremely happy with this review, find the link below.
- I really enjoyed playing a show at Rotterdam Jazz fest in the end of 2010 with my new Dutch lineup, featuring Francien van Tuinen, Ben van Gelder, Clemens van der Feen and Martijn Vink and hopefully there will be many more like these.
- I just returned from 2 months of travel in South America. A great continent for any music lover, there is samba, salsa and whatever else you can think of, wherever, whenever. It was very inspiring and fun.
- Well, keep you posted and all the best from cold but sunny Amsterdam!

12.01.10Perpetual on Vinyl

Perpetual will be released as a limited edition Vinyl, on Kindred Spirits, in collaboration with Positive and Focused Records! Available through KS + Positve and Focused websites...

Includes 3 remix/remastered tracks from the full-length CD album + an unreleased solo piano track.

Otherwise, the album has been getting great reviews, nothing but 4stars + up! Also very proud of the airplay we've been getting on national radio + BBC (Gilles Peterson Worldwide + Jamie Cullum's show on BBC2).

Happy Holidays Everyone!


07.01.10Worldwide !

Perpetual is now available on iTunes and in stores around the world.

In Japan, there is a special Japan-only version out on the label P-VINE.

Please see the list below for a few places that have the record in stock, although you should be able to order it anywhere!

- kindred-spirits.nl
- HMV.com
- I-tunes

- Netherlands: Bol.com
- USA: dustygroove.com
- UK: HMV.co.uk
- Germany: decks.de
- JAPAN: HMV.co.jp, diskunion.net

Also, be on the lookout for exclusive live audio clips taken from the CD release concerts!


06.01.10Perpetual is OUT

My debut album Perpetual is out on Kindred Spirits Records!

You can get it on the Kindred Spirits website www.kindred-spirits.nl

It will also become available on iTunes and Amazon.co.uk over the coming weeks!

05.22.10CD Release PERPETUAL

On May 28th (fri) and 30th (sun) we will be playing 2 CD release concerts in the Netherlands, celebrating the release of my debut album 'Perpetual'.

Join us if you can!

- Bimhuis, Amsterdam, May 28th
- USVA, Groningen, May 30th

02.11.10Gideon on Gilles Peterson's Worldwide

My band will be featured on the legendary radio broadcast Gilles Peterson Worldwide on BBC1! It's a real honor..

This record won't be out until May but Gilles got the preview! Tune into his next show on BBC1.

02.07.10New NY show announced

My new band is playing at Rose in Brooklyn Sunday March 21st !

Pleas check out the performances - section for details

02.05.10Black Magic and The New York Times

Black Magic - Jose James' latest release came out Feb 1st Worldwide on Brownswood Recordings! I'm very proud of this one.. I'm on piano and Rhodes on most of the tracks and even had the pleasure of doing arranging and production for some of the tracks.

Click the link below for a NY Times review of the record.

By now my own record, called 'Perpetual' is almost mixed.. soon to be mastered. Working on European dates for the band this spring.. keep you posted!



In the first weekend of November, we recorded what will be my first album as a leader. It features all original music, and a band of stellar players. I will be mixing next week and posting clips soon thereafter! Many thanks to the band and the 'Wall of Sound' of engineer Joe Marciano at Systems Two Studios!

The band is:

- Becca Stevens (vocals)
- Lucas Pino (tenor)
- Lars Dietrich (alto)
- Rick Rosato (bass)
- Flin van Hemmen (drums)


New York is getting cold now.. summer is definitely over! (Indian summer, where are you?).. Seeing my last update was in May I should be writing something here.
Past summer was interesting, on many levels. I was mostly in Europe and I felt very fortunate to have a chance to play music often, in many different places. Music with old friends, new friends. Always inspiring. The last gigs of the summer were here in the States, the most memorable of the bunch probably being the Detroit Jazz Festival.

Now I'm back in NY, working towards my first record.. I'm very excited. If all goes well we should be recording in the first week of November. Will keep you posted.. G

05.15.09New Music

Just uploaded two new tracks, two brand new recordings of two brand new compositions. I hope you like them. They are both in the 'listen' section.

04.23.09Free Concert

Sunday the 26th I'll be playing my Senior Recital at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.. It's a free concert starting at 2 PM with:

Lucas Pino - tenor sax
Sissy Clemens - voice
Rick Rosato - bass
Flin van Hemmen - drums

It's in the Performance Space @ 55 W13th St. 5th Floor..

All are Welcome!


12.07.08New music

Just uploaded a little bit of our show w Jose James at North Sea Jazz last summer. It's Coltrane's Equinox, lyrics by Jose. My brother is guest on alto. You know our parents met at North Sea Jazz 25 years ago ... :)

11.13.08Benjamin Herman's 'Campert' wins award

Saxophonist Benjamin Herman's latest album 'Campert' won the Jazz Edison Award. (Benjamin was also just elected Dutch Esquire magazine's 'Best dressed man of the year' :)) The music was originally recorded as an extended moviescore for a documentary about legendary Dutch writer Remco Campert. Personnel: Remo Campert - typewriter/voice, Joost Kroon - drs, Sean Fasciani - bs, Kasper Kalf - bs, GvG - pno. Released on Roach Records / Dox

Edison is a prize for quality in Sound Recording and is the equivalent to the U.S. Grammy Award, the BRIT Award, the Grand Prix du Disque in France and the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis in Germany. The jury consists of people from the music industry, the music press and music retailers.

09.22.08Creative Leadership Summit

I had the nervous pleasure of speaking together with Prime Minister J.P. Balkenende of the Netherlands at the 2008 Global Creative Leadership Summit in the Metropolitan Club in New York - an initiative of the Louise T Blouin Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations. Among the other speakers at the summit were interesting guests such as Jane Goodall and Salman Rushdie.

06.24.08New tracks

Just added a number of tracks to the 'listen' section + a movie (in dutch, sorry) which is in the 'pics' section - that's me in my father's recordstore talking about how music influenced my childhood. Our house was right above the store :)

06.22.08Summer's here!

Writing this update from Amsterdam ! I'm back here for a few months. So far it's been very nice. Aside from seeing family and friends, it also gives me an opportunity to reconnect with some of my musician friends I haven't played with in a long while. A good example is an upcoming gig with singer Hans Teeuwen that features Benjamin Herman on sax and Jesse van Ruller on guitar.
Also, I'm really looking forward to going on tour again with Jose James which this time will take us from Sao Paolo to Helsinki! (check 'Performances' for dates).

BTW. if you haven't done so already, take a minute to check out singer Becca Stevens' recently released album 'Tea Bye Sea'. It's some of the best stuff I've ever heard - www.myspace.com/beccastevens

02.02.08new tracks

There are two recently recorded songs of mine up on MySpace.

(click the link below for www.myspace.com/gideonvangelder)

12.08.07European tour with Jose James

The Jose James quartet - which I recently joined - is going on a short tour in January, and we'll be playing in some very nice venues in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Paris and Milan - see 'performances' for the dates.

Also check out our monthly gig at Nublu (in the lower-eastside)!

11.29.07Andrew Hill Award

The past weekend I was in Amsterdam, where I had the honor of receiving the 'Andrew Hill Award' - dedicated to the late great pianist and composer.

08.18.07new tracks

Just uploaded a new track - it's the one that plays automatically in the background and you're probably listening to it right now.

It's something I wrote called Arctic Queen and it has Diederik Rijpstra - tpt, Etay Waisman - tn, Clemens vd Feen - bs, Flin van Hemmen - drs) on it. The second is a short blues with Klaas van Donkersgoed on drums and Clemens van der Feen on bass.

05.28.07gig tips

Some upcoming gigs that I think are really nice:

June 16 WickedJazzSounds celebrates it's 5th year anniversary and we have the entire Paradiso (Amsterdam) at our disposal. A good one to check out.

And on the 23d I'm playing the DJS (dordrecht) with a great trio featuring Joost Patocka on drums and Ernst Glerum on bass. I've been playing with Joost for a while now on our dates with Benjamin Herman - Joost is a great drummer also known for his work with Rita Reys and Piet Noordijk. Ernst is probably best known for his work with ICP (Instant Composers Orchestra) which also features pianist Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink on drums.

the 26th is the last session with the Benjamin Herman 4tet at the Kring this season.

July 21st I'm subbing in Los Hermanoz Martinez featuring the Martinez brothers, Dutch drumming legend John Engels and Jeroen Vierdag on bass. The music is influenced by flamenco and modal jazz. It's at the jazzfestival in Roermond.


I'll be moving to New York after summer to study jazz at the New School.

Also, I put up some pics from my two weeks in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Met a lot of really great people - a very positive experience indeed. A number of them are/will be in NYC after summer so I'm happy I already have some friends in the city :).

02.25.07Jazz Ahead

I just received word that I made it into this year's Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The program - founded by Betty Carter - recognizes up-and-coming performers/composers. The week ends with a number of performances in the Kennedy Center.

02.10.07Website up!

So my site is finally done (about time). Feel free to leave a comment on the contact page which will appear in the guestbook afterwards - some feedback would be really cool.

Thanks for stopping by!