Cairo Ç Tenor saxophone, Soprano saxophone and Drums
Armando Cairo was born in Amsterdam the 21st of March in 1953. He studied
painting and portrait painting and graduated at the Rietveld Academy
of Arts in 1976.
At age twenty-four he started playing the tenor saxophone. He took lessons,
for two years from be-bop alto player, Ron Rem. Armando moved
on to the workshops of Nedly Elstak (Trumpetplayer, Composer
and Arranger). After the beginners-workshop he attended Nedly's Composer-
In 1982 he won the Meervaart Jazz Concours and the VPRO Aanmoedigings
award with the Armando Cairo Quintet.
He played in several Dutch Jazzgroups: amongst others, Fra Fra Sound,
the Frank Grasso Big band, Rockin' the Reeds, Fonk, Quartet Tritonus
and still with the Billy Brooks Big Band. Armando toured with the Dutch
Connection (direction by Butch Morris) and the South African Joe Malinga
Armando fronted a group for two years with Jeldrik IJland - Alto saxophone,
Essiet 'Okun' Essiet - Double Bass and Don Mumford - Drums. In 1987
he formed the Armando Cairo Sextet, featuring Martin van Duynhoven
- Drums, Wilbert de Joode - Double Bass, Joost Buis - Trombone, Jos
Driessen - Trumpet and Jeldrik IJland - Alto saxophone. This group played
originals and arrangements by Armando only.
Armando Cairo appeared four times at the North Sea Jazz Festival,
once with the Frank Grasso Big Band and three times with his own groups.
Armando also played tenor- and soprano saxophone, for two years, in
the 'Harlem Orchestra', the band that accompanied the very succesfull
musical A night at the Cotton Club.
He toured in Europe; through Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and
Austria and in 2001 he performed for the first time in the United States,
in Hartford CT.
Since 1994 he is leading the 'Armando Cairo Quartet', featuring Clarence
Becton - Drums, Eric
Barkman - Double Bass and Cajan Witmer - Piano. This group recorded
two cd's: Redheaded
Sirens in 1996 and Tenor
Brutality! in 1999. Since 1999 Johnny Tevreden replaces Eric Barkman.
Armando Cairo admires tenors with The Big Sound like Don Byas, Coleman
Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Clifford Jordan,
Paul Gonsalves, Gene Ammons, John Gilmore, Red Prysock, Arnett Cobb,
Bennie Wallace, Archie Shepp, Big Jay McNeely, Stanley Turrentine, Lucky
Thompson, Ben Webster, Charlie Rouse, Ike Quebec, Lew Tabackin and especially
past Armando also organized jazz-concerts in Amsterdam venues like:
Odeon Jazzkelder, Bourbon Street, The Bulldog and
Arti et Amicitae. At this time he organises the fridaynight jamsessions
at the notorious jazzcafe 't
Armando Cairo started to teach jazz improvisation at Crea,
the Cultural Department of the University of Amsterdam. In 1986 he also
became the musical director of the Crea Big band, for which he also
arranges and composes.
The Crea Big band appears regularly with versatile Dutch
jazz soloists. In alphabetical order: Joost Buis - Trombone, Candy Dulfer
- Alto saxophone, Hans
Dulfer - Tenor saxophone, Anton Goudsmit - Guitar, Maarten van der
Grinten - Guitar, Rinus Groeneveld - Tenor saxophone, Benjamin Herman
- Alto saxophone, Piet Kuiters - Piano, David Kweksilber- Reeds, Saskia
Laroo - Trumpet, Loet
van der Lee - Trumpet, Boris van der Lek - Tenor saxophone, Miguel
Martinez - Alto saxophone, Jan Menu-Baritone saxophone, Luluk Purwanto
- Violin, Joost van Schaik - Drums, Ben Schröder - Drums, Dmitry
Shapko- tenor, Efraim Trujillo - Tenor saxophone, Eric
Vloeimans- Trumpet, Wolter Wierbos Trombone, and many others.