Robert Veen has made a name for himself in the world of traditional jazz and swing. Robert
is a musical multitalent: in great demand as a guest solist, arranger, composer and teacher.
At the same time he is always on the look-out for the "ideal" saxophone and mouth-piece.
Robert completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 1985, specialising
in alto saxophone; in his everyday musical practice, however, he plays all saxophones, the
clarinet and the flute. As a member of the Tribute Big Band, under the leadership of John
Clayton, he played with celebrities like Sarah Vaughan, Harry Edison, Snooky Young, Buddy
Tate, Monty Alexander, Milt Jakson and Al Cohn. For years he was a permanent member of
Harlem Bound, the Down Town Jazz Band and The New Orleans Syncopators. He has given
guest appearances with an impressive number of orchestras, bands and well-known Jazz-greats
at home and abroad, like Spiegle Wilcox, Bob van Oven (formerly Dutch Swing College Band)
and Mike Goetz. Robert can also be heard regularly playing with Joep Peeters and his
As a tutor/"professor" and as a solist he belongs to the regular team running
the annual Traditional Jazz Workshop in Lenk (Switzerland).
Robert is one of the driving forces behind The Beau Hunks, an orchestra which
engages a range of changing musicians and is involved both in live performances
and recording. Some examples of their CDs are: the film music composed by
Leroy Shield for the Laurel and Hardy films, the Suites by Ferde Grofé and the
attractively idiosyncratic music of Raymond Scott.
The Beau Hunks Saxophone Soctette, an orchestra consisting of 13 musicians,
including 9 woodwind instrumentalists, performs regularly in the great concert
halls of the Netherlands and Germany. Other projects Robert performs with at this time:
The Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Orchestra, Lester Leaps Again, The Beau Hunks Saxophone Quartet,
Three for the Road and That’s Jazz. Several CDs of The Beau Hunks have been
produced on the Basta label, some of them with Al Gallodoro and the Metropole
Orkest. All in all, Robert has been involved in the production of over 40 LPs and CDs.
The Aces of Syncopation is one of the formations Robert belongs to. When playing
with them he tends to concentrate on the soprano saxophone and clarinet. This is where
his close proximity to and love of Sidney Bechet and the traditional French jazz
repertoire really comes into its own.