Meet the artist
Drummer and composer Jacob Roved is educated at the Royal Conservatoire of the Netherlands and at the Sibelius Academy, Finland, and has studied with jazz icons like Joe La Barbera (Bill Evans Trio), Ed Thigpen (Oscar Peterson Trio), Eric Ineke, and Jukkis Uotila. He is a familiar face on the Danish jazz scene, who has led numerous projects and served on the board of Danish Jazz Musicians’ Society and on the committee for Danish Music Awards Jazz.
His drumming is tastefully rooted in the jazz tradition and reflects a profound musicality with a personal style that reveals a range of influences from great drummers like Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, and Jon Christensen.
His main group, the Jacob Roved Quintet, was formed in 2008 and features the phenomenal American clarinet and saxophone virtuoso John Ruocco and three multi-award winning musicians from the Danish jazz scene: trumpet player Thomas Fryland, pianist Kathrine Windfeld, and double bass player Jesper Bodilsen. The music is rooted in the American jazz tradition, but not shy of its heritage from European classical music. Jacob Roved Quintet has given concerts in France, Sweden, and Denmark, including several international jazz festivals.
Jacob Roved also has a jazz organ trio in collaboration with Greek Hammond organist George Kontrafouris and Finnish guitar player Sami Linna. The trio pays tribute to the classic American organ jazz of the 1960s. The vintage sound of this trio is inspired by Hammond organ greats such as Don Patterson, Larry Young, and Freddie Roach, and is characterized by its groovy swing, positive energy, and an engaging joy of playing. In March 2023, the trio released the album “Our Groove Your Move”.
In addition to working as a musician and composer, Jacob Roved holds a doctoral degree in biology has devoted part of his career to scientific research. Read more about that here.
In March 2023, Jacob gave an interview with Secret Eclectic, which can be found here.