Biography - Jarmo Hoogendijk

Jarmo, son of a Dutch father and Finnish mother, was born on March 28, 1965, in Den Helder, the Netherlands. At the age of 6, after hearing a record of Louis Armstrong, he decided to become a jazz trumpeter. When he was 9, Jarmo received his first trumpet and soon started taking trumpet lessons in the local music school, and joined the local brass band, a brass quintet and a chamber orchestra. While in high school, he taught himself improvisation by playing along with jazz records every day until midnight. In 1982, just before leaving high school, professional duties began to call and he got hired in several funk and Latin bands. When trumpeter Ack van Rooyen accepted him as his student at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 1983, Jarmo was already a self-supporting musician, but his goal was to become a full-time jazz soloist, just like his teacher and other idols.

Entering the Royal Conservatory appeared to be a true steppingstone for Jarmo's career: already in 1983 he was co-leading a group with fellow student Ben van den Dungen (saxophones), and after having received the NOS/Meervaart -Group Award in 1985, the Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet performed in most major jazz events in Holland and Germany, as well as jazz festivals in many other countries including Canada. In addition, after Jarmo had substituted in 1984 with the group Nueva Manteca (led by Jan Hartong, one of Jarmo's teachers), he was invited to join the group permanently, and performed with it in Europe, the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada and appeared on all 9 albums to this date.

photo by Anko Wieringa

1986 also appeared to be an important year: Jarmo was hired as solo trumpeter in the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, the Netherlands Concert Jazz band, and often in the radio Big Band, the Skymasters. He was also awarded the Pall Mall Export Swing Award (1986).
That same year, a long-lasting collaboration with pianist Rein de Graaff began. After joining the Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Sextet, Jarmo was often hired by Rein to share the horn-frontlines with legendary musicians such as Teddy Edwards, Frank Morgan and Charles McPherson and many others (see list below).

In 1987/88 Jarmo spent much time with trumpeter Woody Shaw, one of his influences, who intermittently lived in Holland in the years prior to his premature death in 1989. The two trumpeters often practiced together and frequently attended each other's concerts. A television appearance in 1987 with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, another longtime hero, was another highlight in Jarmo's early career.

Jarmo with Teddy Edwards, photo by Anko Wieringa

Soon after graduating "cum laude" in 1989, Jarmo was hired as trumpet teacher in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Rotterdam Conservatory. Among his students were Rik Mol, Jan van Duikeren, Nico Schepers, David Rockefeller, Michel Varekamp, Ray Bruinsma, Rob van de Wouw, and others, who have become full time professionals since.

In 1995, the Dutch TV station NPS made a documentary on the lives of Ben van den Dungen and Jarmo Hoogendijk and the program ("Het Uur van de Wolf" -"Het gegeven Ben en Jarmo") was broadcast several times over the years.

Jarmo with Evan Parker and Han Bennink

Jarmo with Clark Terry, Benny Bailey, David Williams and Alvin Queen


Photos by Raymond Peter


Jarmo Hoogendijk is currently working with:

Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet
Nueva Manteca
Bye-Ya! The Latin Jazz Quintet
Cubop City Bigband (lead by Lucas van Merwijk)
Amina Figarova Quintet and Septet
European Trumpet Summit (with Enrico Rava, Alan Botchinsky, Thomas Heberer)
European Jazz Ensemble
Wolfert Brederode/Eric Ineke Quintet
Rein de Graaff trio
Louis van Dijk Superband
Rita Reijs group


Jarmo with Thomas Heberer, Enrico Rava and Allan Botschinsky

Jarmo with Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, Abraham Burton and Philip Harper

Photo by Anko Wieringa


Jarmo with Herb Geller

Jarmo Hoogendijk has worked with:

Netherlands Concert Jazz band
Dutch Jazz Orchestra
Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Sextet
Loek Dikker's Waterland Ensemble
Rob van Bavel Octet
Bik Bent Braam
Eveline Carels & the groove Movement
Wolfgang Engstfeld/Peter Weiss Quintet
Masha Bijlsma band
Soesja Citroen
Jarmo Savolainen Quintet
Pierre Courbois Quintet
Trumpet Summit with Benny Bailey and Philip Harper
Brand New Orleans
Martinez Move
Maiden Voyage Orchestra
Klaus Weiss Bigband
Helsinki Radio Symphony Orchestra
UMO bigband, Finland

Jarmo with Cindy Blackman


Jarmo Hoogendijk shared the bandstand with:

Jimmy Heath, J.J.Johnson, Freddie Hubbard, Teddy Edwards, Woody Shaw, Art Taylor, Frank Foster, Frank Morgan, Herb Geller, Junior Cook, Charles McPherson, Mal Waldron, Horace Tapscott, Jerome Richardson, Ron Matthews trio, Buddy de Franco, Cindy Blackman ( 2 tours), Alvin Queen, Rufus Read, David Williams, Lewis Nash, David Liebman, Cecil Payne, Evan Parker, Claudio Roditi, Giovanni Hidalgo, Orestes Vilato, Armando Peraza, Nicky Marrero, Ralph Irizarry, Bobby Sanabria, Luis Conte, Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Edy Martinez and others.

Jarmo took part in festival-trumpet-summits with:

Clark Terry, Benny Bailey, Lew Soloff, Pete & Conte Candoli, Chuck & Bob Findley,
Philip Harper, John Marshall, Gerard Presencer, Dusko Goykovic.

Jarmo and Freddie Hubbard

Jarmo with Rein de Graaff, Charles McPerson, Koos Serierse and Erik Ineke