Bram Wijanands's Bio
Born in the Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Bram Winjnands began playing the piano at an early age. By age 8, he had studied Barrelhouse Blues (Boogie Woogie) and stride-piano recordings of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, Jack Dupree and Memphis Slim. In 1991, he graduated in Jazz Instrumental Education and Performance at the Hilversum Conservatory in the Netherlands (the largest School of Jazz in Europe). He performed with Jazz artists Slide Hampton, Gene Connors, Jos Moons, Richard Ross and Deborah Brown.
Shortly after graduation, Bram embarked with his trio to tour throughout eastern Europe, Russia, western Europe and the United States. The Trio was formed in 1989 and participated in the Heineken Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. Featured players were Jurgen Welge on drums and Joris Teepe on bass. Later, players included Jos Machtel and Hein Kalter.
As part of the traditional band called “The New Red Onion Jazz Babies” led by Don Carlton, many festival crowds were able to hear Bram including Sacramento(Jazz Jubilee), Milwaukee, Davenport (Bix Beiderbecke Fest), Des Moines, Madison, Cedar Falls, St. Louis and Lake of the Ozarks.
Currently with the UMKC Conservatory of Music, Bram is teaching jazz piano, combo and jazz piano techniques and theory and arranging for small bands. He also teaches jazz piano and bass at the Kansas City Kansas Community College.
In September 2005, Bram, alongside Bobby Watson, was featured at “Jazz at Lincoln Center” as part of a Wynton Marsalis program featuring Jazz styles of different American cities.
In October 2006, he performed with his 7-piece “the Majestic Seven” at the 25th anniversary of the reopening of the Folly Theater.
For 25 years, Bram has returned to his native Holland for the “Jazz in Duketown” festival in Den Bosch, Holland, where he performs at Hotel Central.
His technical expertise, dexterity, swing timing and knowledge of the swing-genre of music is certainly unsurpassed in this day and age; but it is the joyful exuberance he communicates to the audience that keep loyal fans coming back for more every night. His singing style is authentic to the period and he immediately establishes an intimacy with his audience that lures people into the music.