Joris Roelofs, born in 1984 in Aix-en-Provence (France), raised in Amsterdam (Netherlands), plays saxophones, clarinet and bass clarinet. In a Dutch TV show, at age 16, he performed the clarinet introduction of Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with the Orkest van het Oosten, and was featured as a soloist with the Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw. In 2001 he won the Pim Jacobs Prize. He graduated as a Master of Music from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and moved to New York City in 2008.
In 2003 he was the first non-American to receive the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown Fellowship Award in the US, organized by the International Association Of Jazz Education (IAJE). In 2004 Joris received the first prize of the prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award in the Netherlands, and in 2008 he was selected for the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition.
Among others, Joris has played with Brad Mehldau, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christina Branco, Lionel Loueke, Lewis Nash, James Carter, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, WDR Big Band. From 2005 to 2010 he was a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra. In 2010 he was asked by Brad Mehldau to perform with him at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Sanders Theatre in Boston. In 2015 Mehldau invited Joris to be part of a new project with cello, piano and clarinet: new music, written by Mehldau for a silent movie called 'Salvation Hunters' (Von Sternberg). Joris also plays lead alto in the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in the Netherlands.
As a leader he performed several times at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Smalls Jazz Club in NYC, among other places. Since 2008 he has been touring in Europe with his own projects, including Aaron Goldberg, Ari Hoenig, Reginald Veal, Joe Sanders, Greg Hutchinson, and Johannes Weidenmüller.In 2007 he recorded his debut album Introducing Joris Roelofs (Material Records). Joris also plays in a co-led trio, Chamber Tones Trio, with Jesse van Ruller and Clemens van der Feen. They have released two albums: Chamber Tones and The Ninth Planet, and performed in Europe and Asia. Joris’ CD Live At The Bimhuis was released in 2011 and was nominated for an Edison in 2012. He formed another trio in 2011 with Ted Poor and Matt Penman, featuring Joris on bass clarinet, which has been his steady trio for the past few years. Pirouet Records released their album Aliens Deliberating in 2014. Their second album will be released later this year, also by Pirouet Records.
As a sideman Joris has played at a large number of international jazz festivals and jazz clubs, all over the world. Currently he is living in Amsterdam, where he studies philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and teaches clarinet at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.