At the age of 17 Dion decided to pick up the double bass. Brought up by jazz, improvised music and pop, he is exploring the possibilities of him and his instrument every day along with many other musicians.

Dion teaches double bass at the Jazz & Pop department  of the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem.


  • Rinus van der Heijden writes an intens review about my cd I PLAY ME:I Play Me is een prachtplaat. Geheel akoestisch smeedt Dion Nijland een verbond met zijn contrabas. Hij strijkt, plukt, vervormt..’
  • I PLAY ME is the title of Dion’s solo double bass cd. It will be released on Trytone in June 2021. Read more.
  • New CD Reflections of Duke by HOT & Brass is received enthousiastic by the press! Read this review by Rinus van der Heijden.
  • GIST is a collective of musicians from Utrecht. September 3rd 2020 the first GIST Festival took place! Gist will continue at the Museum Speelklok. Next concert event: Friday June 11th.

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