Davide, Niccolò and Simon are three students at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and are just talking about music when they discover that they share the same passion for traditional jazz and swing music. Few days later they decide to organise a session: 7 Croquettes meet for the first time and jam hard on some old
Covid hits and it’s not possible to meet and play anymore. No rehearsals, no concerts, we just started and there’s no way to continue, plus the majority of the band has to return to their home countries…
But the Croquettes don’t despair! Here’s their attempt at keeping the swing ear alive during difficult times with a long-distance recording:
A year of struggles goes by, and the Royal Croquettes are eager get
back into the scene
and make you dance like never before. Ah and wait, they got a singer now! Here’s their first movie taser they created in that period.
Get ready to hear some swinging cats!
March 2021 – now
The royal swing band of Den Haag is active in the
clubs and venues like Murphy’s Law, De Haagse Jazz Club, Amare and De Praal, just to name a
few! Thanks to our talented arrangers Niccolò Angioni and Simon Gelsdorf the
Croquettes are swinging as hell, catch us at one of our next shows!
“The love for old swing in this group is surprisingly high. Everytime I sing jazz from ’20/’30 I think of the nice time I had in New Orleans. I hope to let you experience this amazing feeling of joy and laughter with us. Let’s s(w)ing!”
“I’ve been looking for a swing band for a long time and I was really lucky to meet other people with the same wish.
I love to play in the Croquettes because I can look for the right style and sound to make every concert a party where nobody can resist to our beat!”
“I absolutely freaking love playing hot jazz since it’s the style I started with. We have loads of fun swinging together and we will undoubtedly make you dance. Looking forward to meeting you at one of our next concerts. Stay tuned cause we got some reeaally cool stuff in the works!”
“It’s very special for me since is one of my first bands since I came to the Netherlands 4 years ago. I’m so happy to keep working with this guys and so glad to be part of this family. Stay tuned because a lot of fresh things are coming!”
“Being part of this band is good fun because we always make for a good party and most importantly we love to make it swing!”
“I have a deep passion for the old pre-bebop styles from the 10s-40s, since that is the music that introduced me to jazz! I started playing stride-piano as my first way of playing jazz.
I am so glad to be part of the Royal Croquettes to spread the love of those old styles with fresh, young energy!”
“My family has always enjoyed swing music and they always brought me along for the summer concerts from various brass bands and quartets. Now I enjoy playing the same music with the Croquettes! We bring people together and have a fun time”
“Last years I am listening and playing a lot of swing music. It’s one of my favourite styles in jazz and I am really happy to be a member of the Royal Croquettes. We have so much fun every time we are performing and that’s what I like the most to play with this band.”