The Jazz Corner

the new Rotterdam hot spot for jazz and soul

every other Thursday a free late night jam session

As we approach the first edition of the De Doelen Jamsession, we invite a group of promising musicians who are fresh of the Rotterdam jazz scene to play as the first opening band. They'll start their performance with their own material, but afterwards everyone's invited to join the stage. Come check this out, bring your instruments and let’s play!

The rhythm section of this band is a trio of its own. Born a little over a year ago, they are called The Risotto Phenomenon. This includes Dries Verheesen (drums), Mees Booden (bass guitar) and Pablo Rizo (piano & keys). 

Pablo Rizo is a pianist, keyboardist, composer and producer from Alicante, who started this trio. Currently based in Rotterdam, he has recorded and played in various projects both in the Netherlands and Spain.  He has recently finished his studies at the prestigious Codarts School in Rotterdam, where he has had the opportunity to learn from Dutch musicians such as Joost Patocka, Stefan Lievestro or Jarmo Hoogendijk.

Dries Verheesen is a Rotterdam-based drummer who takes most inspiration out of the greats in Jazz (such as Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones), but is not afraid to take influence from another place, like Prince, RHCP or Avishai Cohen. Dries will also be the session leader.

Mees Booden is a 21-year-old electric bassplayer who studied at Codarts school of the arts. Alongside his own project ‘Where’s Dillie?’ he plays in ‘NJJO VII’ and ‘Eleutheria’. 

For this brand new first edition session, session leader Dries Verheesen invited some of his inspirations to join the stage and play all original music.

On alto saxophone we invite a very talented and young player, called Femke Mooren. You probably already have heard her play. With her sound we’re trying to make the trio break out of the existing barriers.

On vocals we invited Anita Petruescu, a Codarts Master graduate who is currently working on her debut album. Her expressive style and technique brought her recognition as one of the most acclaimed jazz singers of her generation in Romania, and she performed with top musicians from her native country. 


Dries Verheesen drums | Mees Boden bass | Pablo Rizo keys | Anita Petruescu vocals | Femke Mooren alto saxophone