Quartet & Trio
Thaïsa Olivia is a passionate jazz vocalist and songwriter based in Amsterdam the Netherlands, with a warm, distinctive sound and a special flair of presentation. Her background is colorful and versatile, the same applies to her concerts. Beautiful and contemporary jazz originals take turns with a variety of freshly-arranged jazz standards. From groovy swing and sophistication to sensuality and contemplation, always delivered with vitality and persuasion. Thaïsa Olivia first fell in love with jazz in New Orleans. Since then, she has been performing on a variety of stages in the Netherlands and other European countries as well.
Her curriculum is extensive, ranging from singing, dancing and presenting to acting and more. She regularly gigs with the Thaïsa Olivia Quartet and as a freelance vocalist across the globe. Her extensive array of performances has gained her critical acclaim and a solid reputation. After her well-received album 'Let Go', she currently is working on a brand-new album. Thaïsa visited New York City frequently and made a promising vocal debut in several of its jazz venues in 2013. In the meantime, New York City has become her second home and she regularly performs in it's vibrant jazz scene. Thaïsa appeared at the renowned Kitano Jazz Club NYC recently. Prior to this she was thrilled to perform in New Orleans, at the Spotted Cat Music Club and Snug Harbor, where it all started.
She performed in the Netherlands as well as abroad with the Thaïsa Olivia Quartet, The Thaïsa Olivia Band, The Grand Piano Boogie Train, The Jaap Dekker Band, Big Band Balance, Hot Club de Frank, The Feenbrothers, the international music theatre group 'Up with People' (US and European tour) and The Croonettes (tour in Germany).
Thaïsa interprets carefully selected pieces from the American Songbook, with a great sense of lyricism and expressiveness, thus giving familiar and lesser-known songs a unique interpretation. The repertoire consists of pieces written and/or sung by o.a Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cy Coleman, Rodgers & Hart, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Kurt Elling a.o. For some time now, Thaïsa has also applied herself to composing her own material with original lyrics and arrangements. Thaïsa is accompanied by an excellent trio of three musicians, who each have amply earned their reputation.
Christian studied jazz piano at the Arnhem Conservatory, where he graduated in 1994. After his graduation he moved back to Munich, Germany. From 1995 to 2005 he performed with several groups in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Turkey. As a pianist, arranger and sideman he has contributed to many television, movie and theatre productions and numerous Cds. In 2003 he recorded ‘Heaven Knows’, his first solo album, featuring original compositions, followed by ‘ADLIBS’, his trio record featuring former Miles Davis sideman Rick Margitza, released in May 2008 by the emerging record label JAZZ & MILK. In 2006 Christian moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and has since then become an active member of the Dutch jazz scene. Christian has worked with: Rhiannon, Joey Blake, David Worm, Sheila Jordan, Jenny Evans, Rick Margitza, Rick Keller, Johannes Enders, Claudio Roditti, Horacio Hernandez, William Galison, Dusko Goikovich, Guido May, John Engels, Henning Sieverts, Christian Diener, Thaisa Olivia, Deborah J. Carter, Liz Howard, Masha Bijlsma, Peter Horton, Elke Voltz, Die Blauen Engel and The Croonettes amongst others.
In 1996, Joost Kesselaar graduated at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands. He continued his studies with Jeff Hamilton (the regular drummer of the late Oscar Peterson) Los Angeles and New York. Joost played with Toon Roos, Clark Terry, Benny Bailey, Jesse van Ruller, Michiel Borstlap, Barend Middelhof, Fleurine and Rick Margitza a.o. As a band member he has won several jazz awards, including the European Jazzcontest and the Middelsee Jazztreffen. Joost currently is a member of the Gerard Kleijn Group. In addition, he also plays in the groups of Soesja Citroen and David Golek, as well as many others. Joost is one of the most in-demand drummers in the Dutch jazz scene.
From 1984 to 1988 Sven Schuster studied at the Musikhochschule in Graz, Austria. He continued his studies in Hilversum, the Netherlands, where he graduated in 1991. In that same year he won the Best Soloist Award at the Middelsee Jazztreffen in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands Sven has performed and recorded with numerous renowned musicians, including Herb Geller, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Alan Praskin, Bill Elgart, Wolfgang Haffner, Mel Lewis, Ferdinand Povel, Ack van Rooyen, Han Bennink, Steve Altenberg, John Engels, Rick Margitza, Dale Barlow, Jim Hall a.o. Sven also toured in Europe, Africa, Jamaica, USA and Canada. In 1999 he release ‘Three Is a Crowd’, his first cd as a leader, which received wide critical acclaim. ‘Shooster’, his 2nd recording, was released in 2004.
Photo: Lionne Hietberg