Ilja Reijngoud

1972 Leiden

After his cum laude graduation at the  Conservatory of Amsterdam in 1996, Ilja taught the trombone there. In 1997 he was the second Dutch student so far to receive the American Degree ‘Master of Music.’ Ilja is permanent member of The Jazz orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Cubop City Big Band, Lucas van Merwijk Music Machine, Masja Bijlsma Quintet and many other well-known Dutch groups. He was part of the most influencial bands in The Netherlands, such as Nueva Manteca, Pierre Courbois nonet and sextet,  Michiel Braam XYZ Son band, The Jasper van ‘t Hof Quartet, and the popular hardbop group The Houdini’s. Apart from arranging for the orchestra, Ilja was already four times the featured soloist with the Metropole Orchestra.

As recognised member of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Ilja is arranging a lot for the band, also conducting various projects, such as The Jazz Influencers.

Ilja is leading his own groups for the last 30 plus years. His quartet recorded five albums, with soloists such as Fay Claassen and Bart van Lier. His latest band is a duo, The Art of Two, with guitarist Ed Verhoeff, playing a particular program called The Dutch Real Book – a program with Jazz compositions of well know Dutch musicians.

Ilja worked and recorded with Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Ivan Lins, James Morrison, Jim Beard, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Toots Thielemans, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Werner, Ed Neumeister, Jimmy Bosch, Jim McNeely, Joshua Redman, Georgie Fame, Lester Bowie, Bill Holman, Dori Caymmi and many others.

In 1998 Ilja founded an impressive trombone department at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts), together with Efe Erdem and Andy Hunter. From 2000 he is big band leader of the Codarts Jazz departement, and performed almost every year at the North Sea Jazz Festival with this student-band. Furthermore he is teacher arranging/composing.

Since 2018 Ilja is main subject teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Together with Bert Boeren and Martijn Sohier he leads the largest Jazz-trombone departement in Europe, with more than 25 students. Ilja is leader of one of the three Amsterdam conservatory bigbands, ensemble coach and composing teacher.

As composer and arranger the list of his commissioners is quite varied; they include the WDR bigband, the HR bigband, both orchestra’s of the Royal Dutch Marine and Airforce, the Metropole Orchestra and the Cubop City BigBand. Soloists like Branford Marsalis, All Jarreau, Randy Brecker, Toots Thielemans,  Jorgen van Rijen, Bart van Lier, Conrad Herwig, Branimir Slokar and Ben van Dijk played his music in recent years.


Thelonious Monk / BMI Award, 2003
Edison Award, 2009
Latin Grammy Award (Ivan Lins and The Metropole Orchestra), 2009
Deloitte Stimulus Award, 2003
Singer Laren Jazz Award, 2004
Winner VPRO Middelsee Jazz Competition, 1994


Own recordings:

Art of Two, The Dutch Realbook 2023 (digital EP);
Tribute to George Roberts, Ilja Reijngoud and Ben van Dijk, 2023;
Ilja Reijngoud & Deborah Carter, Introspection (digital EP), 2023;
Tornare a Sud, Ilja Reijngoud, Davina Marinnozzi, Rik van der Ouw, 2023;
The Pamplona Jazz Orchestra meets Ilja Reijngoud, 2021;
Ilja Reijngoud & The Cotacha Orchestra, Nice Mess, live, 2020;
Ilja Reijngoud Quintet, Home 2020;
Bert Boeren and Ilja Reijngoud, Jay&Kai tribute and more, 2018
Ilja Reijngoud Quartet, Goldie meets Silver, 2015;
Ilja Reijngoud Group, with Elizabeth Simonian, Around the world, 2012;
Ilja Reijngoud Quartet, feat. Fay Claassen, The Shakespeare Album, 2009
(Edison Award winning album);
Ilja Reijngoud and The Metropole Orchestra (online album), 2008:
Ilja Reijngoud, Untamed World; music for trombone ensemble, 2008;
Ilja Reijngoud & Martijn van Iterson Live in Amsterdam, DVD, 2005;
Bart van Lier/Ilja Reijngoud Quintet, Memories of the future 2003;
Ilja Reijngoud Quartet, New Arrival, 2003;
Nemesis Quartet, Nemesis, 1996.

Recordings as band-member and guest-soloist:

Jerry van Rooyen, On the scene with the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, 1993;
Rob Madna and The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Update, 1994;
Porgy & Bess, Dancin’ the heat, 1994;
Jerry van Rooyen en Gunter Schuller, The Music of Duke Ellington, 1995;
Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Portait of a silk thread, 1995;
Gijs Hendriks en Tom Harrell, Stomping On, 1995;
Crème Fraîche, En passant, 1996;
Metropole Orchestra and Harvey Wainapel, 1996;
Octurn, Ocean, 1997;
Brand New, presenting the Young Dutch Jazz Cats, 1997;
Hilversums Conservatorium Small Big Band, 1997;
World Music in the Netherlands, feat. Fra
Fra BigBand, 1997;
Fra Fra Big Band, Maspoti Makandra, 1997;
Live bij Jazz Affairs, 1998;
Hilversums Conservatorium, Goodbye and welcome, 1998;
David Golek Ensemble, 1999;
French Kiss, Funky Cha Cha, 1999;
Dutch Jazz Giants, feat. Johan Plomp, 2000;
Pierre Courbois, Unsquare Roots, 2000;
Ben van Dijk, Nana, 2000;
Big Band Jazztival 2000, Jerry van Rooyen, More than a memory…,2000;
Volumia, Puur, 2001;
The Johan Plomp Small BigBand, Swinging on a star, 2001;
Metropole Orchestra en Kees Prins, Bij ons in de Jordaan, 2001;
Canta Brasil, Rosa dos ventos, 2001;
Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Strayhorn and Standards, 2002;
Dutch Jazz Orchestra, More newly discovered works of Billy Strayhorn, 2002;
Dutch Jazz Orchestra, The Music of Billy Strayhorn, 2002;
Isotope, Perception of the beholder, 2002;
Cubop City Big Band, Arsenio, 2002;
Metropole Orchestra, Pietje Bel, 2002;
Acda en De Munnik, Groeten uit Maaiveld, 2002;
The Houdini’s, Chasin’ the General, 2003;
Eddy C Super Band, The Human Elemant, 2003;
Trijntje Oosterhuis and The Houdini’s, Strange Fruit, 2004;
Nancy Marano, You’re nearer, 2004;
Fra Fra Big Band, Krosbé, 2004;
Michael Simon, Revelación, 2004;
West Coast Big Band, All Dutch, 2004;
Tineke Postma Live in Amsterdam, dvd, 2005;
Rob van Bavel, Generations, 2005;
Tom Beek, White and Blue, 2005;
Marius Beets, Power House Big Band, 2006;
Jasper van ‘t Hof New Quartet, The Yellow House, 2006;
Cubop City Big Band, Latin Vocal Explosion, 2006;
Trijntje Oosterhuis, Who’ll speak of love, 2007;
Music Collection, made to move, Jazz, EMI/Shell, 2006;
Eric van der Westen, EW’S QXTD, The devine Cockeyed Glimpse, 2008;
Jim Beard, Revolutions, 2008;
Bob Brookmeyer, Music for string quartet and Orchestra, 2008;
Dutch Jazz Meeting 2008;
Jazz at The Concertgebouw 2, 2008;
Pierre Courbois 5/4 sextet, Révocation, 2007;
Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Moon Dreams, 2008;
Dutch Jazz Orchestra, plays the music of Rob Madna, 2008;
The Houdini’s, Unleashed and Remixed, 2007;
Gino Vannelli, A Good Thing, 2008;
Tom beek, Big Time, 2009;
Julya Lo’ko, Us, 2009;
Ed Verhoeff, Slow Food, 2009;
Metropole Orchestra, King of Kaseko, Music of Lieve Hugo, DVD, 2008;
NPS maakt Jazz, volume 1, Jazzism, 2008;
Kim, My Recipe for a happy life, 2009;
Clazz Ensemble, Adventures, 2009;
Dutch Jazz 2009, BUMA Cultuur, 2009;
Bob Brookmeyer, Music for string quartet and orchestra, 2009;
New Trombone Collective Presents Slide Factory 2009 (DVD);
Ivan Lins and The Metropole Orchestra (Grammy Award winning album);
Licks&Brains, The Road, 2010;
NPS maakt Jazz, volume 5, Jazzism, 2009
Cubop City Bigband, Que Sensacion, 2009,
Cubop City Bigband, Live at Bim Huis with Andy Gonzales, 2010,
Cubop City Bigband, The Complete Collection, 2010,
Kim Hoorweg and The Houdini’s, Why don’t you do right, 2011,
Erica Yong, Angel, 2012,
Sara Bonne, Testimony, 2012,
Lucas van Merwijk, Cuban Golden Classics, via iTunes, 2013,
The Houdini’s in time, Challenge Records, 2013,
Lilian Viera, Lilian Viera, 2013,
Scarlet Mae, Scarlet Mae, 2013,
Nueva Manteca, LIVE, 2013,
Chris Beckers, Navigation, 2014,
Thom Hoorweg, Two faced, 2014,
Jorrit Dijkstra, Pillow Circles, 2014,
Pim en Pom, (Het grote Avontuur), filmmuziek 2014,
Teus Nobel, Legacy, 2014,
Bass brawl, Liverecording, superband , 2014,
Jan Paul van der Hoeven, Glad we met, 2014,
The Houdini’s and Frans van Deursen, Woodstock, 2014,
Liesbeth List, Echo, 2015,
Marutyri, The tribe, 2015,
Nueva Manteca, Crime, 2015,
Cubop City big Band, Star, 2016,
Lucas van Merwijk Music Machine, Soul of Spanish Harlem, 2017,
Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Crossroads, 2018,
Ben van Dijk, Brisas Andaluzas, Music of Ilja Reijngoud, 2018,
Udo Pannekeet, Electric Regions, 2019,
CvA Concert BigBand, Beyond the sum of all parts, 2020,
XYZ de Son Bent Braam, 2020,
Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Jazz Influencers, 2020,
Jazz Orchestra of the concertgebouw, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Wonderful Christmas time, 2020,
Cotatcha Orchestra, Big band electronics, 2020,
Lucas van merwijk Music Machine, Carribean Postcards, 2021,
Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, with Jim McNeely, Threnody, 2022.
Recordings as composer, arranger and/or band leader:
Ben van Dijk, Nana, 2000;
Trombonly & Soloists, Hochschule Detmold, 2002;
Unicef, What a difference a day makes, 2002;
New Trombone Collective, Collective, 2003;
Henri Bok, In a Nutshell, (DVD) 2007;
Amsterdam Jazz Orchestra, Finding the way, 2007;
Quinteto Tango Extremo, Erase una Vez¦, 2007;
10 jaar Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (book and cd), 2009;
Anita Meyer and The Metropole Orchestra, Tears to go by, 2009;
Orchestra of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Rock Opera, 2009;
Orchestra of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Concert for Freedom, 2010;
Ben van Dijk, Never Alone, 2010;
Metropole Orchestra, Better get hit in your Soul, tribute to Charles Mingus CD, 2012;
Metropole Orchestra, Better get hit in your Soul, tribute to Charles Mingus DVD, 2012;
International Trombone Ensemble & Bart van Lier, Hiros, 2013;
Codarts Brass Ensemble, debut album, 2013,
Ilmavoimien Big Band Finland, Aaltoja/Waves, 2016
Marine band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, The Xmas Letter, 2017,
Trompetterkorps der Koninklijke Marechaussee, Erkenning, waardering en zorg, 2017,
Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Crossroads, 2018,
Ben van Dijk, Brisas Andaluzas, Music of Ilja Reijngoud, 2018,
Dennis van Aarssen, How to Live, 2021 (all arrangements).


Revocation, Pierre Courbois, 2010
Leidse Jazz Geschiedenis, Cees Mentink, 2010
10 jaar Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, J. Olthuis, 2010
The Art of Improvisation
25 Jazz Etudes
22 Melodic etudes (Classical)
Technique and Warming-up exercises
The Classic Standard, duets with Martin Schippers