Born in Paramaribo Suriname, Pablo
started at an early age to practice music. In
Amsterdam he was the co-founder of the legendary
" Surinam Music Ensemble" and a pioneer
at the beginning of the development of
"Paramaribop" ( the unique combination
of Afro-Surinam Kaseko/Kawina rhythms and the
abstract & more complex harmonies of Jazz
& Bebop ).
In New York he followed the teachings in
composing & arranging by Frank Foster. In
1997 he founded the quintet called
"SURFIVE" as a nursery for the further
development of Paramaribop. Recently he
transformed the band into "4SURE" the
quartet he has been touring with lately. 4SURE is
one Pablos favorite crossover projects in
order to keep his mojo working as a front runner
of contemporary Afro Caribbean music !
Ramón Valle (born 1964) was only seven years old
when he started studying the piano at the Escuela
Provincial de Arte in his home town of Holguín,
Cuba. He graduated from Havana's Escuela Nacional
de Arte in 1984. His exceptional talent was
discovered in 1985 when he performed in a double
concert with fellow Cuban pianist, Emiliano
Salvador, who died prematurely seven years later.
In January 2003 Valle proved his talents as
orchestra leader and composer in the large hall
of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where
Mixed-up Mokum was premiered, a composition for
the city of Amsterdam commissioned by the
Amsterdams Foundation for the Arts. It is
intended for an ensemble of ten musicians, and
moves in the shadowy area between jazz,
improvised music and classical music. In four
movements Valle tells us about his first
impressions of Amsterdam.
Blanco was born in 1976 in a small city
situated in the north part of Spain by the name
of Oviedo. He started playing trumpet at 11 years
old and began right away to study music
theory as well as taking trumpet
In 1992 he started touring all over the country
with dance bands but after hearing one of Chet
Baker´s great albums he turns crazy about jazz
In 1996 he moves to Boston to study jazz at
"Berkeley College of Music".
Comes back to Europe in 1998, to start leading
his own bands and start as a freelance mucisian.
From 2002 to 2008 he was teaching
trumpet and theory at the "Taller de
musics de Barcelona", as well as performing
with own bands, and he plays frequently as a
sideman with jazz groups.
Lior Kuperberg, born in Tel-Aviv, started playing
keyboards and flute at an early age. In 1995 he
went to New Orleans to explore the roots of jazz
and blues, and joined local Dixieland, blues,
jazz and soul bands.
After returning to Tel Aviv, he joined the Music
Plus Quintet, led by Miguel Yaakobi, and toured
with the band for five years all over Israel,
playing jazz, rock and latin music. He studied
with saxophone masters Peter Wertheimer and Stu
Hacohen, explored bebop music. He has been
influenced by John Coltrane, Charlie Parker,
Sonny Stitt, and Sonny Rollins as wel as
Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell.
In 2000, Stu Hacohen sent Lior Kuperberg to the
Netherlands, to study with saxophonist Ferdinand
Povel, at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
During his studies, he played with different jazz
ensembles as wel as Big Bands and a salsa band.
He played a world music program with great Dutch
artists like Trijntje Oosterhuis, Astrid
Serierse, Eric Vaarzon Morel and many others.
With Leoni Jansen he played on the renowned Dutch
TV show Barend en van Dorp.
As a solo player performed on two cds of
Lenny Kuhr (on soprano saxophone and tenor
saxophone), on Come Undone and Charlie
Greens Studentproof Bigband. Since 2005 he
is member of Charlie Green Big Band, and play all
He is a regular performer in local jazz night
clubs in Amsterdam with guitarist Christiaan
Brester, drummer Robberto Haliffi, and many
Since 2007 he is a member of Klezmokum, led by
Burton Greene, playing tenor and soprano
saxophones, and with whom he is touring all over
Philip Harper, born in Baltimore, Maryland, was
raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He picked up his
first trumpet at ten years old and started
studying under his older brother Danny. He left
his high school graduation in Atlanta and went
straight to the airport, bound for New York. As
soon as he hit the ground there, the young Harper
brother started holding his own with the likes of
"Little Jimmy" Scott, Betty Carter,
Jimmy McGriff, Etta jones, Bill Cosby, Cedar
Walton and Harry "Sweets" Edison.
Between 1986 and '88 he toured with Art Blakey's
Jazz Messengers. He is on several live recordings
with that group. He left Blakey to form his own
group with his brother, drummer Winard Harper.
The Harper Brothers' recordings were highly
successful and they toured the world. Philip is
on more than 50 CDs. His solo album's
"Soulful Sin" and "The Thirteenth
Moon" on Muse records highlight his
incredible versatility. He has been rated number
one on numerous jazz play lists and critic's