Dutch Swing College Band

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This outfit’s polished, cleverly arranged repertoire was still being heard in concert more than half a century after its formation by Peter Schilperoort (the Netherlands, d. 18 November 1990; clarinet, saxophones) in 1945. Among musicians that have passed through its ranks are Wout Steenhuis (guitar), Jan Morks (clarinet), Kees Van Dorser (trumpet), Oscar Klein (trumpet), and Rod Mason (cornet). Famous US musicians visiting Europe proudly ‘sat in’ with the band. Schilperoort became established as the Netherlands’ foremost ambassador of trad jazz, following the foundation of his long-standing partnership with Arie Ligthart (banjo/guitar) in 1952. Yet, after embracing saxophonists and even amplification, the combo were to deviate further from the prescribed New Orleans precedent via adaptations of rock ‘n’ roll, country, and military marches, to achieve acceptance in the generalized pop field. By the 70s, Schilperoort had started his own...

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