ZILT was formed as a result of the monthly encounters in a whisky bar on Amsterdam’s Zeedijk where an upcoming talent met an old salt who was more than 30 years his senior.
Ian Cleaver is one of the greatest trumpet talents of the new Dutch jazz generation. His playing is deeply rooted in jazz tradition but he doesn’t shy away from adventure. Despite his young age, he has already worked with the likes of Reggie Workman, Jorge Rossy, Benjamin Herman and many more.
Jasper Blom is one of the most important sax players on the Dutch jazz scene, one of the most versatile instrumentalists in the BeNeLux and also a striking phenomenon as band leader. He teaches at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
After a showcase at Rotterdam’s InJazz Festival, invitations have poured in for ZILT. Meanwhile, ZILT performed very successfully at the international jazz festivals of Pescara and Siena in Italy with a Tribute to Mengelberg. They play compositions by the brilliant and wayward jazz pianist and bandleader/composer Misha Mengelberg. In the spirit of Mengelberg, the jazz tradition is present but the music may take a completely different turn at any moment, expectedly or unexpectedly.
Review InJazz Rotterdam :
Young trumpeter Ian Cleaver provides a contrary sound as he stands on stage with his mentor Jasper Blom. Old and young present an incomparable set with sparkling power jazz. In the hands of Cleaver, the trumpet sounds the way it was once intended to: to take everyone awake. A great promise for the future!
Review MakeIt Festival Tilburg :
The trio of the young trumpeter Ian Cleaver (1996) is performing with the tenor sax player Jasper Blom. Cleaver as a beautifully full, almost old-fashioned trumpet sound and the virtuoso Blom is his mentor. Together they pay homage to Misha Mengelberg (1935-2017) and their performances are fresh and lively. With a driving rhythm section, this quartet is at the top of the young Dutch jazz scene.
ZILT on YouTube :
Live-stream from Studio150 Bethlehemkerk:
New Generation, a documentary about the new Dutch jazz generation: