As a musician it is a non-stop rise and fall towards creating something that surprises and moves the listeners. This site will show you some of the results.

At the age of 17 I decided to pick up the double bass. Brought up by jazz, improvised music and pop, I’m still exploring the great possibilities of me & my instrument every day along with an almost countless number of other musicians.

I teach double bass at the Jazz & Pop department  of the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem.


  • A new band has come alive & invited to play at the U Jazz Festival February 1st 2020. Any ideas for a name?
  • HOT is invited to perform at the Festival d’Orgue in Mourgins and at a festival in Bern.
  • HOT is preparing Reflexions of Duke: an exiting program with arranged pieces and new compositions inspired on Ellington’s very early works as well as his late Sacred Concerts. Concerts see below.
  • Buisonic is a new group initiated by trombone player Joost Buis. It contains screemy guitars (2!) as well as whispering poetry. Concerts @ De Ruimte & ZJFT.
  • On August 28 Dion will do a solo performance with music from Charles Mingus @ De Kaaij in Nijmegen. Pieter Douma will play Thelonious Monk.

Upcoming concerts…

  • 4 October, HOT & Der Golem, Turnhout (Be), 20.30
  • 12 October, Playstation, Hothouse, Leiden, 21.00
  • 20 October, HOT @ Festival d’Orgue in Mourgins
  • 27 October, Colen, Festival Jazz International Nijmegen, Brebl, 15.00
  • 6 November, HOT @ Festival Orgue in Bern
  • 9 November, Colen, Heerlen, 20.15


Frans Vermeerssen & Dion Nijland @ ArtEZ Conservatory Arnhem