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Roelof Posthumus was born on the 6th of February, 1959 in Groningen, Netherlands, where he spent his childhood and youth. His parents ran a music store and his father worked in the evenings as an actor and organized jazz concerts as a sideline. His grandfather was a professional orchestra conductor. A record by Benny Goodman that Roelof found in his father’s storage space at the age of 10 inspired him to want to become a swing clarinettist. Roelof has been playing with various orchestras, Dixieland bands and classical ensembles since he was 15 years old. After his preparatory musical education at various conservatories in the Netherlands, he studied saxophone with Francois Daneels (Belgium) and Azgam Gibadulin (Ukraine). In 2008 he formed the R.P. Swing Orchestra and fulfilled his greatest wish, which is to perform European swing of the 30´s and 40´s.

Roelof PosthumusBandleaderClarinet and Alto saxophone

...started at a young age...