11 Jul 2018, by SydneySchelvis
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July 8th to 28th, jazz-trumpeter Saskia Laroo has 2 performances in Massachusetts and another 3 gigs in her home-state Connecticut. Laroo, hailed by American public and press at large as "Lady Miles of Europe", is one of the few women trumpet stylists, blowing for more than three decades. “Jazzkia” is the title of Laroo’s third album.
Born July 31, 1959, in Amsterdam, Saskia Laroo began on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming of becoming a professional musician. That all changed when Saskia, who had just turned 18, switched her focus to a career in music after briefly majoring in mathematics at University of Amsterdam.
She worked extensively in various groups from this point. At first mostly on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet. The trumpet eventually became her main instrument.
Saskia Laroo combines today's music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as "nu jazz" or "swingin' body-music"--a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae, and world, that many other artists dare not venture. Her artistry and her groove ring vibrantly and free on her seven albums journeying us through the music she has absorbed and plays from heart and soul.