Coming from different countries and different musical backgrounds they were eager to start a group dedicated to the music of Monk in combination with other musical influences.The band functions as a true collective while examiningtunes and trying out different approaches. For each tune they look for a totally fresh outcome in this process whilst not forgetting the richnesses of Monk's heritage: swing and rhythmical surprises, awkward melodies and intriguing hamonies.
Guitarist and composer Guillermo Celano was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1977. After completing his musical education at the E.M.P.A. (in Bs.As.) he travelled to Amsterdam where he received his Master’s degree in music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During his studies he took lessons with many different musicians such as Lee Konitz, Ben Street, Ben Monder, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Matt Penmann, Peter Bernstein, Nestor Crespo, David Horta, Jesse van Ruller, Arnold Dooyeweerd, Maarten v.d Grinten, John Ruocco and many others. As the co-Leader and co-producer Guillermo started the ‘Celano Baggiani Group’‘together with the drummer Marcos Baggiani. This group has already released three cd’s: ‘Figuras’ by BAU Records, with Natalio Sued on tenor sax, Rodrigo Reijers on double bass and Florien Hamer on Cello; ‘Simple songs’ by MDR, with Michael Moore on alt sax and clarinet and Sven Schuster on double bass; and ‘Nothing changes’ by Trytone Records, with Michael Moore on alt sax and clarinet, Gorka Benitez on tenor sax and Sven Shuster on double bass.
Jurjen’s drummer’s career started with a local marching band in the north of Holland. It was the start of an interesting drummer’s career which includes playing in teenage bands and covering the various styles of punk, rock and jazz. He moved to Amsterdam to study urban planning, while jazz was pulling him in more and more. This brought him to the Amsterdam Conservatory. Jurjen likes to play in groups where there is a lot of space for the players to improvise and communicate. A group, that searches for the unknown when entering the stage. Jurjen has had lessons with Marcel Seriese, Martijn Vink, Gerhard Jeltes and Lucas van Merwijk. He has also followed master classes by Jack DeJohnette, Joey Baron, Ari Hoenig, Bill Stewart and Han Bennink. Sources of inspiration for Jurjen are The Ahmad Jamal Trio with Israel Crosby and Vernell Fournier, Maurice Ravel and drummers like Jeff Ballard, Steve Gadd, Mel Lewis and Brian Blade. Jurjen’s day job is as a policy researcher, but next to that he finds time for music. At the moment Jurjen is active in the jazz bands ‘Quincey’ and ‘Thelonious 4’, but he also performs with several other groups and musical initiatives.