Bert Lochs is pretty wellknown amongst jazzlovers of all kind. He is considered one of the best trumpet players of his generation and his fierce trumpet and lyrical flugel sounded in many places and settings already. International piano star Enrico Pieranunzi recently invited him to play a concert with his own Italian band.
At this moment he leads his own Trio Bert Lochs and the international trio Lochs/Balthaus/Herskedal. As a section-and sideman he plays in the Guus Tangelder Bigband, the Jasper Somsen Groep, the European Standards Project (a project initiated by drummer Pieter Bast) and Miro Moves, chamber jazz by the young piano player Paul Maassen.
To reach this goal, he took lessons from Dutch jazz artists like Ack van Rooijen and Rob Madna, and played in several ensembles like Jeroen Pek Band, Bert Lochs/Dirk Balthaus Quartet, Big Bizar Habit, The Handsome Harry Company and Bert Lochs Inquisitive Quartet(BLIQ) all over Europe. From North Sea Jazz Festival (last summer with his own trio!) to Montreux, BIM-huis to the Satchmo in Maribor, in all these places and more, his lyrical trumpet and his melancholy flugelhorn sounded. His style is abundant and introverted at the same time.
He is also busy developing as a composer for larger ensembles. He reached the finale of the Hoeilaert Jazzfestival International Composition Contest with his piece 'One for Me' in 2004, and recently the CD 'Wegsleepregeling van Kracht', was released. 24 poems by Dutch poet Hanz Mirck, surrounded, enhanced or commented by 24 pieces by Bert Lochs.
Last June, 2008, he wrote a set of pieces for a procession that took place in Arnhem because of the international art festival Sonsbeek.
Photo's top banner: Willeke Lempens, Heidi Arts, Jan Klupper, Marc Lochs. Banner design: Marc Lochs. Site design and setup: Tjitske Visser and Sander Van de Streek