Jorg Kaaij is a Dutch saxophone player, composer, producer and educator. He is a member of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and co-founder of the music production company Toontrap Muziekproducties which has produced music for radio, television, and award-winning films such as ‘Sand’ (2008) and ‘Kiss’ (2009).

Jorg Kaaij studied jazz saxophone at the Conservatory of Hilversum in the Netherlands. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in 1998 and his Masters in 2000 Kaaij received an incentive award for upcoming jazz talent which allowed him to continue his studies in New York. Educators he studied with include: Ferdinand Povel, Rob Madna, Jasper Blom and Dick Oatts.
Jorg Kaaij’s performance with his Quartet at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2001 in the Hague marked his international debut as a leader. In february 2002, Jorg Kaaij records his debut album,
Downtown Daze, in New York with Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Edwin Berg (piano), Carl Allen (drums) and Hans Glawischnig (bass). At its release, the album by the Jorg Kaaij Quintet - Downtown Daze - received much critical acclaim. In 2003 Jorg was finalist at the Best European Saxophoneplayer Contest in Berlin (Germany).

Selected Discography

As a leader/co-leader
• Downtown Daze, Jorg Kaaij Quintet feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel, 2003 (Jazz ‘n Pulz/Munich BMCD 399)
• Heartland, Edwin Berg Trio + Jorg Kaaij. 2003 (Big Bang/Karonte 7776)

As a sideman
• Scribblin’, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw feat. Jan van Duikeren, 2012
• The Voice of the Saxophone, Jimmy Heath & Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, 2012 (NTR)
• Live in Paradiso, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw feat. Ronald Snijders, 2012 (NTR)
• Blues For The Date, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw feat. Peter Beets, 2010 (JOC JR109)
• Silk Rush, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw feat. Jesse van Ruller, 2008 (JOC JR108)
• Symbiosis, Joost Swart, Saxion V, Gustav Klimt String Quartet, 2007 (Morfo Music MMCD01)
• Riffs ‘n Rhythms, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, 2007 (JOC JR107)
• Amsterdam Jam, Cotton Club All Stars, 2007 (Hi5 Records)
• Happy House, Holland Big Band, 2007 (Jazz Shop Records JSR06004)
• Rock Swings (on the wild side of swing), Paul Young & Big Band, 2006 (Media Motion)
• Tribute To Ray Charles, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, 2005 (Munich BMCD 489)
• Sunday Nights in Amsterdam, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, 2004 (Munich BMCD 477)
• 30 Jaar Sesjun, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (& Four Freshmen) 2003
• Water, Edwin Berg Trio + Jorg Kaaij & Tom Beek, 2002 (Best European Jazz Group Award, Granada 2002)