Biography Greetje Bijma (Netherlands)

With Alan Laurillard she sang in the Noodband and she formed the Greetje Bijma Quintet. In 1989 she toured through Europe with Direct Sound, an initiative from David Moss. With her flexible voice (almost 6 octaves) and her theatrical qualities she soon attracted attention, also outside the jazz scene. She got her international breakthrough after a successful concert at the International Jazzfestival. In 1990 she received, as the first woman, the Boy Edgar Award which is the most prestigious award for jazz artists in the Netherlands. The past few years Greetje Bijma is concentrating on solo projects to develop the wide possibilities of her voice.