Nico de Rooy (2015) Martin Lodewijk

photo Max Dereta
About the artwork

Since 2013 portraits of famous deceased Rotterdam jazz musicians have appeared on and around the Oude Binnenweg. The portrait series has grown into a jazz and comic strip route as a memorial to an important Rotterdam music history. The portraits are made by renowned cartoonists and illustrators. This is a portrait of Nico de Rooy (Rotterdam, 1906 - The Hague, 1959). Nicolaas 'Nico' de Rooy was one of the most prominent jazz pianists in the Netherlands. He has worked with Eddy Roos, The Midnight Rouders, The Kentucky Cardinals, and Jack Louis de Vries, Marek Weber, Louis Davids, Robert 'Bobby' Martin and the Decibels. On August 26, 1935, he replaced Theo Uden Masman during the famous recordings of The Ramblers with Coleman Hawkins. He accompanied Connee Boswell and the singer and comedian Sophie Tucker. The jazz and comic route is realized by BKOR and Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial (R'Jam). With this route they try to save the Rotterdam jazz celebrities from oblivion. An extensive biography of the artists and musicians included in the series can be found at 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

Martin Lodewijk (Rotterdam, 1939) broke through with his creation Agent 327. He is also known as a copywriter for the comics Storm, The Red Knight en January Jones. In 1978 he won the Stripschapprijs.

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