Introduction to the author.
FRANS ELSEN - [pianist - arranger -composer]
His big band, including Sal Nistico, Herb Geller, Dusko Gojkovic, Rick Keefer Ferdinand Povel, Herman Schoonderwalt, Rob Langereis, Wim Overgaauw, Ack van Rooyen, Charlie Mariano, etc., opened the first North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.
Had the opportunity to reconstruct the famous Miles Davis "Birth of the cool" sessions for Dutch radio in '85.
Was the first in Holland to introduce jazz music into the domain of the classical music schools and conservatories in the seventies. Helped organizing the jazz departments of all main conservatories in the Netherlands.
Is teaching piano, arranging and theory, and has ensemble classes at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
Was awarded a "Bird Prize" for "Special Appreciation" at the North Sea Jazz Festival in '91.
From his hand, recently four volumes are issued of a total of ten play-along CD's with theory books on jazz improvising technics.
Issued a two volume method on "Jazz Harmony At The Piano", specifically for beginning and intermediate students; required subject matter at the jazz departments of the conservatories of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague among others.
Performs frequently with his own trio and with the John Marshall-Ferdinand Povel kwintet.