The Band

JayDee Brass Band:

"Contagious powerplay by Europe's dirtiest, hardest working brassband horns!"



An 8-piece brass band, consisting of a mix of New-Orleans-specialized players and jazz musicians, with a more funky background.

This makes the Jay-Dee Brassband capable of playing traditional New Orleans music, as well as more funky jazz themes. And besides that, there are some compositions of their own added to their repertoire.


A brass band of the highest musical level with great soloists in every section and an extremely groovy rhythm section. And on top of all, JayDee Brassband brings a contagious enthusiasm with it, which draws the attention of every kind of crowd and puts a smile on everybody’s face.


JayDee was founded in 2010, by trumpet-buddies

Joep Habraken and Daan Bogers. In their first year, they were already invited to prestigieus jazzfestivals such as AsconaJazz and The Hague Jazzfestival. In 2011, the band performed at many festivals through Europe (Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Holland).  In 2012 JayDee made their début on stage at the famous North Sea Jazz Festival. At that time, JayDee Brassband was considered to be one of the leading jazzbrassbands in Europe.

More than once, the band became one of the audiences favourite festivalbands. Beside the impressive quality of the musicians, the JayDee as a group has a unique ‘chemistry’ and power.


Eine 8-köpfige Brass Band bestehend aus einem Mix von New-Orleans spezialisierte Spieler und Jazz Musikanten mit einem Funky orientierten Hintergrund. Dies ermöglicht die Jay-Dee Brassband Traditionelle New Orleans Musik sowie Funky Jazz Themen zu spielen. Weiter sind auch eigene Kompositionen zu Ihrem Repertoire hinzugefügt.

Eine Brass Band mit einem hohen Musikalischem Niveau, mit ausgezeichneten Solisten in jeder Disziplin und einem extremen Groovy Rhythmus. Letztendlich bringt die JayDee Brassband einen ansteckenden Enthusiasmus mit sich mit, der die Aufmerksamkeit von allen Leuten auf sich zieht und ein Lachen auf jedes Gesicht zaubert.


"The success of the Dutch eight-man band JayDee Brassband extends far across the borders of the Netherlands. Founded by trumpeters and friends Joep Habraken and Daan Bogers, the band blends traditional New Orleans music with funky jazz sounds. In the year the band was formed (2010), they were already invited to perform at large festivals at home and abroad and in 2011 the list of invitations grew longer. In 2012 the band is happily following this path and their debut performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival is a highlight in their appointment book. The JayDee Brassband is now considered to be one of Europe's best brass bands. Their concerts in the Netherlands and elsewhere always attract an enthusiastic, dancing audience, elicit exuberant responses and leave behind impressions of the wonderful city in which all the world's brass bands have their roots, New Orleans."

Contagious powerplay by Europe's dirtiest, hardest working brassband horns!

Funky - Tradional - Blues - Gospel - Steamy


A varios bunch of strange guys.




Composer, arranger, producer and trumpetplayer Daan is one of the founders of JayDee Brassband. Beside his addiction to New Orleans music, he's also known as a (lead)trumpetplayer with bands like BOSCO (his own 10-piece ''allround jazz and pop orchestra'), Liptease (rockabilly), Batmobile (psychobilly), the RSJF (ska-jazz), Hotshots (funk and soul) and many other projects. He played at festivals all over Europe with various bands and did several theatre- and clubtours through the Netherlands.

As a composer he worked with a.o. the Metropole Orchestra and a lot of other groups, as a conductor he won several prizes and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Joep Habraken


Started playing jazz in 1984 in the ‘Falcon Town Jazzband’ and was asked to join the ‘David Livinstone Brassband’ two years later. It was the beginning of a long career in brass band playing.

Habraken is known as a trumpet player with very strong ‘chops’.

He played with i.e. ‘The Sonic Blast Bigband’, ‘The Jimmy Lunceford Legacy Orchestra’, a lot of old style jazz bands, New Orleans jazz bands and pop orchestras. He founded JayDee Brassband with his buddy Daan Bogers. During a performance,Joep is the leader of this gang. With only a wink, a glimp from the corner of his eye, or a single line of notes, he sends the other band members to a chorus, an ending, or a break in the songs the Jay Dee Brassband plays.

Dennis de Woerd

Tenor Saxophone

Dennis te Woerd is JayDee's newest bandmember. He studied at the Utrecht conservatory and is both an extraordinary saxophoneplayer as he is an excellent arranger.

He has a wide interest of musical styles (fusion, funk, pop and - of course - New Orleans music.

Beside playing with JayDee, he is a member of well-known Dutch groups like Marutyri and BOSCO.

Silvester van Rijckevorsel


Is what you call an all-round drummer. The number of bands and ensembles he played with is infinite. Silvester plays jazz, pop, funk, fusion, blues, rock and latin. And he does it all at an extremely high level, which makes him a desirable drummer. When he’s playing, no band leans back or lose its concentration: That’s not possible when this guy is standing behind you!

For a while, he studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory. However, he decided to become a philosopher and switched to University, where he finished his study as an Environment Philosopher in 2008. Nevertheless, he kept on developing as a drummer.

Nowadays, he is one of the leaders of "Lucifers Slagwerk", a major drum-organisation which provides drumshows, drumming lessons and many more.



Eelco van Velzen


Started playing the euphonium (small tube shaped horn) when 9, but once he realized how stupid that must have looked he made a transfer to the trombone. Thanks to his mother’s music collection (lots of jazz LP’s) that he used tp play along with, he made his first steps in becoming the skilled jazz musician that he is today. Although he did spent some years at the conservatory he decided on an entrepreneurial career after studying arts administration & music business. He never stopped playing though, which brought him to many international stages and festivals, and CD recordings, with traditional jazzbands such as The Down Town Jazzband, Reunion Jazzband (with former Dutch Swing College Band members), the New Orleans Syncopators, The Revival Jazz Band and Huub Janssen’s Amazing Jazzband, not to mention numerous stand in jobs as a soloist.




Got addicted to New Orleans music in the 90’s. He had the honor to play and record in New Orleans with Roger Lewis ( Dirty Dozen Brassband), Milton Batist, Tuba Fats (Olympia Brassband), and many others. All Dutch brass bands know where to find Rob; he’s a respectable drummer In the Dutch Jazz scene, especially when it comes to New Orleans music. But he drums with other kinds of bands as well, like “Hot Biscuits”, “Slipper One” and “Picon”.

Rob has played at many international jazzfestivals with different groups. He is not only a great drummer and percussionist, but a great dancer as well… Check out his dancing moves…!





Born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Odei started playing the trombone at the age of 10. Between 2004 and 2011 he studied the jazz trombone at the famous jazz music school named after Kim Nazaretov in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. From the young age he toured in Russia, Germany, Scotland, Czech Republic, Syria and Greece.

In 2009, Odei was invited to be a soloist and the lead-trombonist of the Municipal Big Band named after Kim Nazaretov - one of the best big bands in Russia. The following year he was invited to join the East West European Jazz Orchestra (Germany). While still in Russia, Odei had the privilege of performing with some of the most respected Jazz artists including, Dennis Rowland, Wycliffe Gordon, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Liebman, Alex Sipiagin, Nils Landgren "Funk Unit" and many more.

In 2011, Odei moved to the Netherlands and started his higher musical education at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen. In 2012, Odei was honored and selected by the Prince Claus Conservatory to participate and represent the Netherlands at the North European Jazz competition, in this competition he became a winner of the GN-IX prize. In that same year Odei was also invited to play as a soloist with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra conducted by the Grammy Award-winning musician John Clayton.

In 2012, Odei moved to Amsterdam and went on to major in Performance, Arranging and Composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During this time he became a winner of the Ruud Booker Jazz Talent Award, an award given to the best young Dutch jazz musician of the year.

Hey gratuated for his Masters with an impressive 9,5.

In 2013, Odei was honored to be one of 40 other musicians to take part in the finals of the Master-Jam International Competition. After being selected from 300 semi-finalists Odei went on to win the category of 'Best Trombonist'. In the following year, Odei was invited to play in a European Tour with the American world renowned groups: The Temptations and The Four Tops.

Later on, he joined the Dutch group 'BOSCO', where he met JayDee founder and trumpetplayer Daan, witch eventually brought him to our band!

Patrick Witberg


Can be described as the ‘pumping heart’ of the Jay Dee Brassband. Although his instrument weighs about 20 kilos, it doesn’t stop Patrick from dancing and swinging while he’s playing. Patrick has the sound of a typical New Orleans bass player. He played with Joep and Daan in the Happy Feet Brassband for many years, with whom he played at Jazz festivals in Ascona, Davos, Lech, Bad Iburg, Luxembourg, Celerina, Brackenheim, Breda, Den Bosch, Terneuzen, Duisburg, just to name a few, and with musicians such as Lillian Bouttée, Graig Klein, Dan Barrett, Frank Roberscheuten, Freddie Lonzo and Earl Conway.

The energy Patrick brings to any band he plays with, is always very powerful. And he loves it to 'tease' the audience and put the crowd in motion.

For the last years, he's also a member of "JP and the Seeger Session Band" with which he did several theatre tours and international festival performances.

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