Dear friends and fans,

Welcome to my website… stay tuned, updates will be added… if you have any questions let me know!

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Watch the 37-minute documentary ‘Dancing With Angels – A Musical Portrait of  Toon Roos’, featuring drum legend Peter Erskine.

With an interview of Toon in his home environment, images of the Toon Roos Quartet and of the studio recording of Toon’s sixth album Angel Dance with the Toon Roos Group. This group features pianist Karel Boehlee, bassist Hein Van de Geyn, and the legendary Weather Report drummer Peter Erskine. The documentary also includes interviews with the band members and live images from the Bimhuis, Amsterdam.







Update 20 December 2019

Wishing everybody a lovely Christmas holiday and a wonderful new year!

Some new concerts scheduled in 2020 you can find at the concerts page.


Update 20 September 2019

Coming up 

Concerts in Deventer, Neerpelt (B) and Brussels (B)

On 13 October I will be guest soloist with the Millennium Jazz Orchestra directed by Johan Reijnders, a lovely big band playing in Theater de Bouwkunde in Deventer… standards & classics… I love the big band sound! Also some concerts are coming up in Belgium with pianist Ivan Paduart, on 17 & 18 October in Neerpelt and in The Music Village in Brussels. It will be great to play again in Belgium with this beautiful player and composer with whom I have worked and recorded extensively over the years. More info on Ivan on www.ivanpaduart.com

More info on concert page



Update 1 April 2019




















Coming up 4 April 2019 / AINSI Maastricht / Toon Roos Trio with Karel Boehlee & Sal La Rocca

Looking forward to finally play again in Maastricht, the city where I used to teach at the conservatory from 1992 till 2001. On Thursday April 4, 2019 we will perform at the wonderful AINSI Theatre in a trio line up, with Karel Boehlee on piano and the Belgian double bass player Sal La Rocca. It is a double bill concert, and we’ll be playing one set of standards, classics and originals.

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Coming up 22 May 2019 / Bimhuis Amsterdam / Hommage to Bob Hagen

Dutch all star concert featuring Fay Claassen, Toon Roos, Ack van Rooyen, Bart van Lier, John Engels, Karel Boehlee a.o.

A wonderful evening with a great line up is coming on Wednesday 22 May 2019 at the Bimhuis… with musicians such as Ack van Rooijen, Fay Claassen, Bart van Lier, John Engels, Karel Boehlee, Frans van der Hoeven, Paul Heller, Janne Schra, Wouter Hamel, myself and others, we will play an hommage for jazz promotor Bob Hagen. In the nineties, over period of eight years Bob has brought Dutch jazz music back into the Dutch theatres and concert halls, organizing more than 1200 concerts. He turns 85 years this year. The evening is a heartfelt initiative of singer Fay Claassen who for many years has Bob as her personal manager.

More info & tickets here

Picture: with Fay Claassen at the Bimhuis, at my 50th Anniversary Concert, 2 May 2014



Update 24 March 2019

Ten concerts in Holland & Austria

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The ten concerts at the end of 2018 in Austria and Holland were very enjoyable… doing a masterclass at the     MUK Conservatory in Vienna was inspiring and a lot of fun… meeting many high level students!

Also I played two nights at the Jazzland with great musicians Andy Middelton, pianist Renato Chicco, bass player Uli Langthaler and drummer Klemens Marktl. A wonderful band, and an amazing jazzclub, one of the oldest still active jazz clubs in Europe.

Most of the gigs in Holland were with pianist Karel Boehlee in different line ups… duo, trio and quartet. For pictures and memories of these nights visit my Facebook page 



Update 14 March 2019

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March 2019 I had a lovely encounter with the great bass player, arranger & conductor John Clayton, who gave a masterclass at the Conservatory in Utrecht where I am teaching at the saxophone department. We played Body and Soul and Stella by Starlight with piano teacher Bert van den Brink…  John and I know each other since 1983, when he used to live in Holland. More info on my Facebook page



Update 3 September 2018

VPRO INTERVIEW Radio 1 (in Dutch)

Ik ben dinsdagnacht 28 augustus 2018 geïnterviewd door Pieter van der Wielen in het VPRO radioprogramma Nooit Meer Slapen. We hebben gesproken over mijn muzikale ervaringen en inspiraties… het was een fijn gesprek van ongeveer een uur, Pieter heeft mooie muziek erbij gekozen. Het was een latertje, maar ben toch maar gaan slapen na afloop… Luister het interview terug op deze link.



Returning from a relaxing holiday in France, a number of concerts are scheduled… several line ups with pianist Karel Boehlee in Leiden, Wassenaar, Enschede and Maastricht…  also playing as a guest soloist with a beautiful big band in Arnhem, playing with pianist Ivan Paduart in Belgium, and three days of teaching and playing in Vienna with saxophonist Andy Middleton… check the dates and info on the concert page…  hope to see you there!


CELEBRATING LIFE 1, 2 & 9 June 2018

The mini tour of the three Celebrating Life concerts last June was amazing! Three lovely, full clubs, warm audiences, an exciting program with both my acoustic quartet and electric funky band, extra vocals for a tribute to Al Jarreau & Steely Dan’s Walter Becker, and a steaming funky afterparty… many thanks to all the musicians, the technical crew, the organization of the venues, and of course the audiences for all the support and great vibes… we had a wonderful time!

Toon Roos & Friends – Celebrating Life at Bimhuis / Lantaren Venster / Tivoli Vredenburg


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Lyrical funky jazz in original compositions, with Weather Report legends Peter Erskine and Alex Acuna on drums and percussion, Karel Boehlee on keyboards, Hein Van de Geyn on double bass and Eddie Conard on percussion.

AngelDance_albumart_600pxAngel Dance was internationally praised as a perfect and wondrous album. US reviewer Scott Yanow wrote: ‘A major veteran saxophonist from Holland who played for years with the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Toon Roos has been an important jazz artist since the mid-1980s. On Angel Dance, he is heard in prime form. (…) What is particularly noteworthy about Angel Dance is that all ten compositions come from the band (Roos contributed five), and many are worthy of becoming standards in the future. The music ranges from heated romps (particularly “Keep It Going”) to melancholy ballads and relaxed medium-tempo pieces, with Erskine’s “Song For Jaco” being a particularly touching ballad. (…) Angel Dance is a perfect introduction to the music of Toon Roos.’  (Full article on review page)

Vince Mendoza on Angel Dance: ‘Lovely, well played and soulful… the DVD is a cool bonus.’ 

On the included DVD ‘Dancing With Angels’ Toon is interviewed in his home environment on inspiration and several highlights of his musical career, from the making of Angel Dance with drummer Peter Erskine to his tour with Steely Dan and his performances with keyboard legend Joe Zawinul. He speaks about his long-term musical relationship with master pianist/composer Karel Boehlee, highly talented drummer Joost van Schaik and bass virtuoso Hein Van de Geyn. The film includes images from the recording studio with an extensive interview with Peter Erskine, live performances of several groups of Toon at the Bimhuis and the North Sea Jazz Festival, and footage of Toon performing with Joe Zawinul.

Check out Angel Dance and get your copy on

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