Jean-Jacques Rojer is a Jazz guitarist from the Caribbean island of Curaçao. In addition to playing Jazz guitar, Jean-Jacques Rojer is also very active as a composer. Rojer’s album Soko (Sunnyside records)is scheduled for release on August 6th, 2021. The Album was recorded in New York in 2019.In addition to Rojer, it features Grammy-winner Jeff’ Tain” Watts on drums, Grammy-winners John Benitez on bass,Pernell Saturnino on Percussion and the virtuosic vibraphone player Warren Wolf. Moreover, The album was produced by Grammy-winning producer Brain Bacchus and contains liner notes by Bill Milkowski.
Rojer grew up in a very artistic family on the island of Curaçao and was exposed very early on to Caribbean, classical and jazz music. His father, Robert Rojer, an acclaimed pianist and composer, is a direct descendant of Jacobo Palm. The Palm family has been on the forefront of the Curaçaoan music scene since the 19th century. Rojer released an album in 2017 honouring this heritage.
Upon finishing his electrical engineering studies, Rojer went on to follow his passion. He got accepted at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, The Netherlands, from where he graduated cum laude in 2003.
Rojer has performed with Paquito D’Rivera in Carnegie Hall.He has also had the honour to share the stage in New York with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
In addition to guitar, Rojer also plays and records on other instruments.He can for instance be heard playing mandoline on the score of “Profession du père”, a Jean-Pierre Améris film.
Besides the aforementioned, Rojer has also worked and made guest appearances with Ilan Chester, Andy Narell, Phillip Harper, Michael Kanan, Randal Corsen, Izaline Calister, Marjorie Barnes, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Metropool Orchestra, Fra Fra sound and many others.
He currently resides in Amsterdam with his wife Kelly, his son Samuel and dog Mac