Jean-Jacques Rojer performed in New York City in 2007 as part of Paquito D’Rivera’s young artist concert organized by the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has also had the privilege to perform with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis.
Rojer recorded an album in New York in the summer of 2019 with mostly original music. This album features the multiple grammy award-winning drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, Grammy award winners John Benitez on bass and Pernell Saturnino on percussion and one of the best vibraphonists in the world at the moment, Warren Wolf. The album is to be released in January 2021 on Sunnyside records.
Rojer grew up in a very musical family on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. His father, Robert Rojer, besides being a professor of medicine is also an acclaimed pianist and composer and a direct descendant of Jacobo Palm and Jan Gerard Palm. The Palm family has been an integral part of the Curaçao music scene for almost two centuries. His uncle, Jacques Rojer, founded the Curaçao Jazz foundation and also had the first Jazz bar on the island.
Rojer developed an interest in music at a very early age and started taking guitar lessons with various teachers on the island. In his teens, after dabbling mostly in rock music, he became interested in Jazz and Caribbean music and started studying these styles more in-depth. After finishing his electrical engineering studies at the University of the Netherlands Antilles, Rojer attended the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, Holland, where he studied jazz with Eef Albers and Frans Elsen. He graduated cum laude in 2003.
In addition to guitar, Rojer has also studied classical piano with his father and later on with Wim Statius Muller. He also learned to play the Cuban “tres” guitar with Israel Gonzalez (former member of the legendary Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro).
In September 2010 Rojer’s project of the time, Mulato Collective, was one of the main acts at the first Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival
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Rojer currently resides in Amsterdam where he plays and teaches. For more info on this please visit www.amsterdamguitarlessons.com
Furthermore, Rojer has worked and made guest appearances with the Metropool Orchestra, Ilan Chester, Andy Narell, Phillip Harper, Izaline Calister, Tania Kross, Marjorie Barnes, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Randal Corsen, Fra Fra sound, Kris Berry and many others.