Rob Franken (2013) Jan Kruis

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 Rob Franken (Rotterdam, 1941 - Rotterdam, 1983). He played on more than four hundred full-length records. He was considered one of the best pianists in Europe. He accompanied Clark Terry, Klaus Weiss, Joe Pass, Art Farmer and Booker Ervin. He was a pioneer on the Hammond organ, the Fender Rhodes piano and the ARP synthesizer. In the late sixties he caused a furore as organist in his own formation The Rob Franken Organization and jazz-rock group Scope. For years he was the regular keyboard player of Jean 'Toots' Thielemans. 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 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

Jan Kruis (Rotterdam, 1933 - Mantinge, 2017) started as a professional draftsman at the Toonder Studios. He is known for the semi-autobiographical comic Jan, Jans and the children, which he signed for the magazine every week for almost thirty years dragon-fly.

Oude Binnenweg 121A, 3012 JH Rotterdam, Netherlands


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