David de Groot (2013) Wouter Tulp

Max Dereta
About the artwork

Since 2013, portraits of famous deceased jazz musicians have appeared on and around Oude Binnenweg. The portrait series has become a jazz and comic route as a memorial to an important music history in Rotterdam. The portraits were made by renowned cartoonists and illustrators. This is a portrait of David de Groot (Rotterdam, 1880 - London, 1933). In 1908, De Groot became the musical leader and solo violinist of the orchestra of the Piccadilly hotel in London. For twenty years he played the latest (dance) music there. The celebrated conductor made more than 150 recordings for the His Master's Voice label, including a large number of ragtimes, such as Alexander's Ragtime Band en Down in Jungle Town. The jazz and comic route was realized by BKOR and Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial (R'Jam). With this route they try to keep the Rotterdam jazz celebrities from being forgotten. An extensive biography of the artists and musicians included in the series can be found at www.r-jam.nl. The vinyl album is in honor of this project Jazz from R'jam was released, on which all portrayed jazz musicians can be heard.

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About the artist

Wouter Tulp (Rotterdam, 1979) studied illustrator at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. He has been a freelance illustrator since graduating from 2001. His work varies from caricatures, children's book illustrations, editorial illustrations and animations.

Oude Binnenweg 113, 3012 JB Rotterdam, the Netherlands