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. My second recording day will take place on January 31 2020.
  • DEON had it’s premiere in Utrecht on December 20 2019. On Febuary 1 2020 the band will show up at U Jazz Festival.
  • 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…

  • 24 January 24, Colen’s A Birds Eye View, De Tor, Enschede, 20.30
  • 26 January, HOT plays Bird & Ellington, St JansBasiliek, Oosterhout, 15.00
  • 31 January, solo double bass recordings day2, Studio Peggy51, Oudekerk aan de Amstel
  • 1 February, DEON, U Jazz Festival @ LEEN, Utrecht, 22.00
  • 14 February, Colen’s A Birds Eye View, Paradox, Tilburg, 20.30


DEON Trailer

Frans Vermeerssen & Dion Nijland @ ArtEZ Conservatory Arnhem