Piet le Blanc (2013) Robert van der Kroft

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 Piet le Blanc (Rotterdam, 1921 - Rotterdam, 1996). Piet de Wit, better known as Piet le Blanc, was one of the most striking Rotterdam bar tigers, but also an underrated all-round musician. He played alto and baritone sax in the orchestras of Boyd Bachman, Joe Andy and The Ramblers and violin with the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. 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

Robert van der Kroft (Haarlem, 1952) has been drawing the comic since 1975 Sjors and Sjimmie and from 1988 Clear for the weekly newspaper Flair. He is co-founder of the magazine 5300 Zone. With Wilbert Plijnaar and Jan van Die, he forms the Wiroja partnership (an acronym of their three names).

Oude Binnenweg 118A, 3012 JG Rotterdam, Netherlands


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