Ilja Reijngoud

Trombonist Composer Arranger Conductor Teacher/Clinician

This is the site of Ilja Reijngoud, winner of the Thelonious Monk Award (2003) and the Edison Award 2009.

Ilja is leading various small groups under his own name. He plays in The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Cubop City Big Band, Lucas van Merwijk Music Machine, Masha Bijlsma quintet and Izaline Calister trio.

Ilja recorded over 120 albums so far. Played and recorded with Herbie Hancock,  Jim McNeely, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman etc.
Teacher and bigband leader at both Amsterdam Conservatory (CvA) and Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts), guest teacher at Musikene, San Sebastian (Sp).
His compositions and arrangements are played by Europes leading orchestra’s, such as The Metropole Orchestra, WDR big band, and national military wind bands. Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Joe Alessi and many more played his arrangements. 

Ilja plays a Kühnl & Hoyer trombone (480/88 MK2) exclusively.

more info about his career click here

The Bands

The Dutch Real Book

Optional with guests Tineke Postma, Kika Sprangers, Elizabeth Simonian, Margriet Sjoerdsma, Angelo Verploegen and/or Sun Mi Hong.

The Art of Two performs the most significant and beautiful compositions of Dutch Jazz musicians such as Jerry van Rooyen, Rogier van Otterloo and Rob van Bavel. The use of electronics creates a new and wide musical soundscape.


watch: with Tineke Postma with Margriet Sjoerdsma with Sun Mi Hong

Jay & Kai tribute

The quintet of Ilja Reijngoud and Bert Boeren pay tribute to the worlds most famous trombone group: The Jay & Kai Quintet. One of the most influential Jazz artist Jay Jay Johnson teamed up with Kai Winding to play together the Jazz hits of the day, setting a standard for all upcoming trombone players.

With Rob van Bavel, Marius Beets and Marcel Serierse.


Tornare a Sud

Italian music arranged by Ilja for vocalist and guitar player Davina Marinozzi.
Songs of Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Claudio Villa and Paolo Conte with a new and Jazzy approach. 

With Rik van der Ouw on bass.

As quartet plus Rob van Bavel (pno)
As Quintet plus Rob and Marcel Serierse (drums)


the four seasons

The Art of Two invited Nils van Haften (tenor sax) and vocalist Elizabeth Simonian, to perform the songs of the seasons.
Jazz, folk and pop songs about spring, summer, autumn and winter. 
Elizabeth was born in Greece to an Armenian father and Swedish mother. She’ll sing besides English songs, also Greek and Swedish repertoire.

Ilja plays 2nd trombone in the band.
He is arranger and guest conductor of the band. He recorded four albums so far with the Orchestra. He is leading and conducting the band with special projects, such as The Jazz-Influencers, and most of the World Music (Latin-Jazz) projects.