Trumpet: Nadje Noordhuis. Born in Sydney, Australia, trumpet/flugelhorn player Nadje Noordhuis produces a unique sound characterised by a warm, rich tone and a lyrical approach to improvisation. Based in New York since 2003, she composes music that blends jazz, classical and world music genres. In 2010, Nadje was selected for a week-long residency as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist, working closely with trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas. In 2007, she was one of ten international semi-finalists for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition, where her performance was described as “recalling the great Rafael Mendez’s programming and technique” (Jim Santella; All About Jazz.)
Nadje is a member of many big bands, notably the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and the emerging Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. She has played at international jazz festivals in the USA, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Croatia. She is a featured soloist on Johnny Mandel’s big band release The Music of Johnny Mandel, recorded live at Lincoln Center, and conducted by Johnny Mandel himself. Nadje was a special guest artist at the International Trumpet Guild’s annual conference in July 2010, performing at their Gala Concert, and presenting a concert of her original music.
Nadje recently went into the studio to record her first CD as a leader with world renowned pianist Geoffrey Keezer, violinist Sara Caswell, bassist Joe Martin, drummer Obed Calvaire and guests. It will be released in 2012.