Michael Varekamp was born in Rotterdam in 1968 and started playing the trumpet at the age of 10. When he was 12, he was deeply affected by a Louis Armstrong album which he found in his father's music collection, and by age of 13 he was already leading his first little jazz band. In 1996, he graduated cum laude from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and spent most of his time as a sideman on tour with Fra Fra Sound and the Dutch Swing College Band, playing at many festivals and concerts in Australia, South Africa, Great Brittania, Cuba, Tunisia, Malta and all over Europe. In the Netherlands and abroad Michael plays in many clubs, theatres, concert halls and at various festivals, often giving workshops and guest lectures. He regularly contributes to film, radio and tv productions and is also host and producer of the live jazz program Jazz on West for RTVWEST. In October of 2001, he received the Kobe Award for outstanding young talent in Kobe, Japan. Besides playing the trumpet, Michael sings and composes for various bands. During his career, Michael has performed with many great musicians from various spheres like Lalo Shifrin, Scott Hamilton, David Murray, Lester Bowie, Conte Candoli, Wendell Brunious, Joris Teepe, John Engels, Denise Jannah, Frits Landesbergen, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Peter Beets, Dee Daniels, Philip Harper, Ralph Peterson and Brian Lynch. Michael is currently working as a bandleader on his own with the MICHAEL VAREKAMP JAZZ QUARTET and THE COSMIC SCENE. This year, Michael is working on a new CD and has tours scheduled in Israel, West Africa, and New York.
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