Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation

Artist / Band / Musician
Ska / Jazz / Reggae
Megalith Records (US) / Grover Records (Europe)
RSJF: Ska-Jazz with a rough edge. A moTiv loCo that can't be stopped

Taking the music of the sixties as a starting point, they start where others have left. But be careful! The Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation is NOT a retro band in any perspective. Armed with drums, bass, guitar, piano, organs, and a wide range of horns, the Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation has been refining their mix of Ska, Jazz, Rock-Steady, Reggae and Soul over the past eight years.

The idea of forming a Ska-Jazz band started when Arjen Bijleveld and Dimitri 'Dim' Jeltsema met each other again at a party in Rotterdam in 1999, where they spend the evening reviewing their musical past and future. In the early 90's they used to play together in 'The Obnoxious', a band famous at that time for its loud music and attitude. Young as they were, each went their own way. Arjen went into business and Dim ended up playing drums in the uptempo ska band 'Let's Quit', where he met bass player Michael 'MOK' Kragt. After a while, Michael and Dim decided to put honor to the bands name and started their own musical adventure. Finally, all came together and the foundation for the Foundation was created.

In the meantime, the Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation has recorded an EP single and three fulllength studio albums. Their first albums are released on the Grover Records (Germany). Their second album 'Sunwalk' is recorded by Max Bolleman at his famous Studio 44 in Monster, and is also released in the United States by Megalith Records. Their last album "Motiv Loco" is released on Megalith Records in Europe and the United States. Furthermore, their music appears on various sampler CD's and LP's throughout the world. However, the best way to experience this lubricated off-beat locomotive is live on stage. Let the intricate melodies and harmonies of the horns and the steady grooves of the rhythm section seep into your system. Rocking Ska-Jazz with a rough edge. Check out this Motiv Loco live! The RSJF hits the road pretty constantly and played on big Dutch festivals like Bevrijdingsfestivals, Metropolis, Oerol, Noorderzon and the Parade, as well as major International festivals like Summer Jam, Popkomm, Three Floors of Ska at the Knitting Factory NYC, and many other, festival or venue, varying from big to small, in e.g. The Netherlands, Germany, France, Hungary, Denmark, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, United States, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Russia and will most likely play in your neighborhood soon! Don't worry about a language barrier, let the music of the Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation do the talking. . .


CD Album 'Motiv Loco' (Megalith Records 2007)

LP 'Motiv Loco' LP vinyl version (Submachine Records 2008)

CD/LP Album 'Sunwalk' (Grover Records / US Megalith Records 2005)

EP/7" 'Black Night - Bright Morning' (Grover Records 2004)

CD/LP 'Shake Your Foundation' (Grover Records 2003)

+ Various Sampler CD's and LP's

OUT NOW: moTiv loCo on vinyl.

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Of course the record will also be available at our live shows. CD junkies visit the Megalith Records Shop, or surf to iTunes and let the RSJF seep into your iPod directly.
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