Let’s call it a calling. Tineke Postma was just a kid when she decided that she wanted to play jazz and make a living playing the saxophone. And that’s what Postma did. After having graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam she took the world by surprise and developed into one of the most applauded and successful jazz players Holland has ever known.
Bit by bit Tineke Postma created her own personal sound on both soprano and alto saxophone which is often characterized as post-bop by the critics. John Fordham, jazz guru of The Guardian, called her a post-bop prodigy. Honing her skills at the Manhattan School of Music she was noted by some key players of the New York scene, a connection that eventually resulted in performances and recordings with stars like Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding and Scott Colley. The albums of Dianne Reeves and Teri Lyne Carrington featuring Tineke Postma even received Grammy Awards.
In 2003 she received the Sisters In Jazz All Stars Award in the United States, in 2006 at Midem the International jazz Revelation of the Year Award and three years later she got the Jazz Juan Revelations Award in Antibes. In 2015 she was honoured with the Boy Edgar Prize, Holland’s most prestigious jazz award.
Tineke Postma’s albums have been celebrated worldwide, “The Dawn of Light” (2011) was crowned with the prestigious Dutch Edison Award – a prize she shared with her band consisting of Marc van Roon (piano), Frans van der Hoeven (bas) and Martijn Vink (drums). Postma’s latest creation was “Sonic Halo”, an album she recorded with her mentor Greg Osby and an incredible rhythm section consisting of pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Dan Weiss. The jury of the ‘Boy Edgar’ praised her qualities as a band leader and her talents as composer and improviser:
“She disposes over enough individuality, guts, passion and potential to develop her own style of contemporary jazz both in the Netherlands and abroad. And last but not least: stretching out to establish new frontiers, doing justice to the essence of jazz: an open and free art form.”