Trombone Ensemble Nabou Claerhout

  • Main Stage
    Friday 5•July•2024

The young, Belgian trombonist Nabou Claerhout has long been a well-known figure in the contemporary jazz scene. Nevertheless, it was a brave step to decide to learn to play the trombone when she was just nine years old. This decision was made under the influence of legends such as Fred Wesley (trombonist for James Brown, Parliament, Maceo Parker…). As a student, Claerhout headed for Codarts in Rotterdam to hone her skills with tutors such as Bart Van Lier and Ilja Reingoud. She stood out from the crowd and was immediately invited to play with internationally renowned artists such as Dave Holland, Bert Joris, Akua Naru etc. While studying, she also got to know other trombonists from her generation. These encounters, and the weekly ensemble-meetings organised by Van Lier and Reingoud in Rotterdam, formed the foundation of one of Claerhout’s dreams; to have her own trombone ensemble.


This dream was turned into a reality in 2021 at Gent Jazz, when she was crowned Young Jazz Talent Gent. For the project she assembled another four trombonists -  Peter Delannoye (BE), Rory Ingham (VK), Nathan Surquin (BE), Tobias Herzog (DUI) - and a rhythm section comprising guitarist Gijs Idema (NL), drummer Daniel Jonkers (NL) and double bassist Cyrille Obermüller (BE). "I set out in search of specific shades of sound and personality,” says Claerhout on her Trombone Ensemble. "It is important that there is a good balance within the interaction but also that each musician is strong enough for the solo sections.” The ensemble’s repertoire is made up of compositions by Claerhout, which she has composed and arranged. Sparks are sure to fly!