Biography

Dutch composer and guitar-virtuoso Jan Dumee is widely acclaimed for his rich and surprising compositional work and guitar playing that draws on a palette of many expressions, sounds and great musical taste. As an unique composer with a significant own signature his work is highly praised.

The music of Jan Dumée is described in the reviews as ‘very creative’, ‘non-conformist in approach’, ‘ear-tickling’ and ‘knowing no bounds’. In an extraordinary way he showed this with his 'O Septeto Plus', with musicians from Brazil, Senegal. Argentina, Holland and Croatia. With this ensemble he recorded the album ‘Rodinha‘. ‘Rodinha’ was recognised in 1998 as one of the best Dutch music productions in the category world music by Radio Holland (world-broadcasting), Conamus, several reviews in the press.  

O Septeto Plus: Mola Sylla - vocal, Toon Roos - sax, Sonia Genu -vocal, Mike del Ferro - piano, Tamara Krzelj -violoncello, Aloar Soares -percussion, Remko de Landmeter -bansuri/flutes, Bobby Jacobs - bass, Luz  -drums. Jan Dumee - guitars/arr./comp.  Guestplayers: Carlos Malta -soprano sax, Thijs van Leer -flutes, Fernando Thebaldi -viola, Marcelo Godoy - embolada vocal

Since 1991 he regular visited Brazil to do what is called ‘work in the field’, which helped him become a versatile composer making use of the rich  Brazilian folklore and  music styles.

In the period of 2001 – 2006 Jan gained  international attention due to his performances as guitar-soloist/composer in Dutch’ foremost progjazzrock-group of all times: Focus, playing with Dutch icons Thijs van Leer and Pierre van der Linden. With Focus he performed in more than 30 countries all over the world in between 2001 and 2006 and recorded  the albums: ‘Focus 8‘ , ‘Live in South America‘ and the dvd/cd ‘Live in America‘. Bobby Jacobs - bass, Bert Smaak -drums

During his time with Focus, Dumee recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 his solo-album ‘Rio on the Rocks‘ (released in 2005 by the Rock Symphony label): a blend of (prog)rock-, jazz-, Brazilian- and classical- music with renowned musicians from Rio de Janeiro. Arthur Maia - bass, Marcus Suzano - percussion, Xande Figueiredo -drums, Chico Batera - drums, Luis Alves -double bass, Marvio Ciribeli - rhodes, Bob Nagy - guitar, Alemao - vocal, Jan Dumee - guitars/hammond/ac.piano/comp./arr.

In 2006 Dumée founded with former-Uriah Heep/Lucifer’s Friend singer John Lawton the multinational rock band called On The Rocks, officially known as OTR. Together (again) with musicians from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They recorded their first Cd ‘Mamonama‘ released (2008) in the United States, Europe and Japan by the rocklabel Lion Music. Vocals - John Lawton, Xande Figueiredo - drums,Ney Conceiçao - bass, Marvio Ciribelli - keys, Jan Dumee - guitars/comp. Guest: Sonia Genu backing vocals.

From the year 2000 already on Dumee is involved in ‘The Cubrabop Quintet‘, with musicians from Holland, France and Germany. Their album 'Cubrabop', with the bands own compositions, was released April 2011. Carlos Breton - bass, Ivo Stuivenberg - piano, Udo Demandt - drums, Arndt Beckmann - percussion, Jan Dumee -guitar

Since 2011 Jan's musical creations in ’Impressionistic Brazilian Jazz’ can be listened with the heartwarming and virtuoso quintet Dumee & Dijkgraaf Quinteto, including  the finest musicians from Brazil, having had released its first CD ‘Heloisando‘. Marcio Bahia - drums, Paulo Russo - double bass, Kiko  Continentino - piano, Wim Dijkgraaf -harmonica, Jan Dumee - guitar/vocal/comp.

In 2014 Dumee worked  with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra of Barra Mansa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) as an arranger/composer and performing soloist in Brazil 2014 together with harmonica-player Wim Dijkgraaf.  Conductor: Vantoil de Souza junior.

In 2016 Jan started a new old 'skool' jazz-rock group named 'J.P. Montmartre'  with Dutch musicians: Peter Vlietstra Jr - drums, Jonn Reynna - piano, Peter van Breukelen -bass, Jan Dumee - guitars