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.


  • I am preparing a cd with double bass only. After having spend two full days of recording at Studio Peggy 51, I’m now choosing the ‘true tracks’.
  • DEON had it’s premiere in Utrecht on December 20 2019 and has also been performing at U Jazz Festival. Nice review of the concert.
  • HOT is invited to play in Swiss again. Concert on June 28 2020.
  • HOT is preparing Reflections 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 read here.

Upcoming concerts…

  • 12, 13, 14 March, Indra (by Monique Toorop), De Roode Bioscoop, Amsterdam, 20.30
  • 22 March, HOT & Brass, Reflections of Duke, Dominicaner Kerk, Zwolle, 15.00
  • 4 April, COLEN’s A Birds Eye View, Chassé Theater, Breda, 20.15


DEON Trailer

Frans Vermeerssen & Dion Nijland @ ArtEZ Conservatory Arnhem