Piet Noordijk (2015) Dick Matena

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 Noordijk made by cartoonist Dick Matena. Piet Noordijk (Rotterdam, 1932 - Hellevoetsluis, 2011) developed as an all-rounder in the nightclub circuit and played as an alto saxophonist in the spotlight of pianist and singer Pia Beck with whom he made his first radio broadcast. In 1963 he was approached by pianist Misha Mengelberg. The Misha Mengelberg - Piet Noordijk Quartet caused a furore in the Dutch jazz world and was the only European band among the jazz greats at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1966 in New York. The musical omnivore, blessed with a lyrical, clear and flawless tone, accompanied internationally renowned jazz musicians such as Johnny Griffin, Billy Eckstein, Oliver Nelson, Hank Mobley, Toots Thielemans and Wynton Marsalis. 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

Dick Matena (The Hague, 1943) started in 1960 at the age of 17 at the Toonder Studios. In recent years, he has made a name for himself with his realistic adaptations of classics from Dutch literature, such as The evenings from Gerard Reve.

Oude Binnenweg 132, 3012 JH Rotterdam, Netherlands


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