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Saxophonist Benjamin Herman celebrated his 50th birthday with the release of multiple albums, one of these being Bughouse. With this project, Benjamin Herman fulfills his dream of combining his first musical love of punk and jazz, a dream which has been cherished for a long time. After meeting drumnmer Olav van den Berg (Seein’ Red, Lärm, The Marxbros), everything finally seemed to fall into the right place. With the additions of guitarist Reinier Baas and bassist Peter Peskens (Jungly By Night, The Mysterons), the line-up was complete. The end result are 20 banging compositions with an average duration of two minutes.

Even though many know Benjamin as a jazz musician, as a beginning musician he was mainly influenced by the DIY-mentality of the English punk scene in the 70s. “When I started playing as a nine-year-old, bands pressed their own records and arranged their own gigs. I’ve always thought that was cool and it motivated me as a teenager to make music on my own conditions.”

Another influence is the British saxophonist Xero Slingsby, who unfortunately passed away at a young age. Slingsby resided in Amsterdam in the 80s, and he can be described as a rebellious musician who often played on the streets with his trio in the summer. “His symbiosis of free jazz and punk and the attitude with which he performed spoke to me much more than the jazz that was on radio and tv. Furthermore, as a young musician I was charmed by the swag and style of John Lurie from The Lounge Lizards. He was a saxophonist and actor who acquired fame by acting in films of Jim Jarmusch.”