Olaf Zwetsloot is a saxophonist and composer. He plays in the bop, post-bop and post-post-bop idioms. His musical influences range from Charlie Parker to Steve Coleman; from Miles and Chet to Woody Shaw. He admires Coltrane, Art Pepper, Gary Thomas, Steve Reich and Greg Osby too. He loves Monk as well as a whole bunch of other people that’s too long to list.
Olaf is self-thaught. However, he did occasionally attend master classes, amongst others by Steven Coleman. In 1997, he released Last Stop Ghost Town (‘Eindhalte Fantoomstad’, Djax Records), which was simultaneously a book of poems, a CD-album and a prize-winning piece of design. He did so with a collective of poets, DJ’s, musicians, VJ’s and designers called ‘De Sprooksprekers’. De Sprooksprekers derived their name from the itinerant medieval minstrels of the Lowlands and performed throughout Belgium and the Netherlands.
In 1998, Olaf and his band Line’s End won the Jazz Prize of the City of Dordrecht with a masterful arrangement of Thelonius Monk’s Epistrophy in 7/8, resulting in the CD ‘Deep Syntax’ (Challenge). This album contained only original compostitions, except for Epistrophy, and it earned the band an invitation to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival. (Watch: http://www.youtube.com/olafzwetsloot#p/u/3/g_mY7smduK4)
Due to an injury, Olaf stopped playing for five years and embarked on a succesful career as a copywriter in advertising. The release of his album Quantasia (Hipcescu, 2009), an amalgam of be-bop, post-bop and m-base funk, marks his comeback as a performing musician. Currently, Olaf gigs around and also organizes jazz concerts under a bridge in Amsterdam’s historical centre (www.brug9.nl), where he regularly performs himself. The New York Times even wrote a nice piece about it http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/travel/04headsup.html?ref=global-home.