Frans Elsen

This site is dedicated to the great Dutch Jazz pianist and teacher Frans Elsen.

He is dearly remembered amongst his many students and collegues. This site hopes to keep his musical legacy alive and his outstanding and unique writings about jazz available.

In addition to this you can enjoy a selection of his private recordings, most of them not released as commercial media and can only be heard through this website and  for the very first time.

There is also a link to a very special page of videos featuring Barry Harris at his numerous workshops at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague from 1989 till 1998.

Frans recorded and edited these films himself. This is again totally unique material and a great document of Frans’ and Barry’s mutual admiration and friendship.