Jorn Swart

Jorn Swart (1987), a dynamic up-and-coming jazz composer, pianist, and arranger, currently resides in New York City and performs. His eloquent playing and touching compositions have already earned him international and national attention. He toured Europe in November 2013 to release his debut CD, “A Day In the Life of Boriz”, which features some of New York’s most fearless and thrilling jazz musicians. This highly acclaimed album will be released in the United States in January 2013. Jorn quit his accordion after a disagreement with Dutch folk music and took up the piano with all the passion that a 15-year-old angsty boy could have. He enrolled in jazz studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam three years later, and graduated in 2010. Jorn continued his education in New York City thanks to a Fulbright grant and Huygens scholarship. He studied there with Jean-Michel Pilc, Johannes Weidenmueller and Sophia Rossof. He was a standout artist throughout his Master’s. In 2011, he was one of 20 musicians selected from all over the globe for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency. The Sir Roland Hanna Award, an annual award given to a top jazz pianist, was also presented to him. He has already performed with jazz greats Jay Clayton, Jay Jordan, Jimmy Heath and Sheila Jordan in New York. He has also performed in Europe with Ben van Gelder and Benjamin Herman, Jasper Blom and Joris Roelofs. He also founded and managed Hannekes Jazz, Gollem’s Jazz, and Jazz at Cafe Cox, weekly music events that continue the vibrancy of jazz. Jorn is also a musician, writing, arranging, orchestrating and playing on many recordings. He is a musician who values engagement and starred in “A New Generation of Jazz”, a documentary about young jazz musicians. He has been featured on Dutch radio several times sharing his music and insight. He also blogs for Dutch Radio 6, which reports on life as a New York City musician. from

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