Frits Van Swoll
…started his musical career in the early ’60s as a recorder/editor at the record company Phonogram. Because of his passion for jazz music, Van Swoll was very active as a photographer at jazz concerts. His photography was appreciated and his photos were used for record covers of, among others, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie. His photos were also used by non-jazz artists such as Boudewijn de Groot, Lenny Kuhr, the Golden Earring and Martine Bijl and various records in the classical repertoire.
In the ’80s, Van Swoll was responsible for promotion and repertoire at Dureco. Under Dureco’s label High Fashion Music he made the music genre Italo disco known in the Netherlands and he had several well-known Italo disco artists under contract, including Fun Fun and Sabrina. In the ’90s, Van Swoll also made music videos for artists such as Anouk and Di-rect.
From 2000 Van Swoll focused on lounge music and released Silver Angel Records under his label. annually releases the compilation album Ibiza Beats. In 2016 he published the book My Jazz Moments together with former NOS reporter Philip Freriks. In the autumn Frits van Swoll published the new book: ‘Vinyl in Stills’. A photo book with images of well-known Dutch and foreign artists from the 1960 – 1970, including Toots Thielemans, Bonnie St. Claire, The Golden Earring, Benny Neyman, Simon Carmiggelt, Jules de Corte and many others.
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