What could possibly go wrong

Dutch five-piece Tristan's music can be best described as feel-good vintage Acid Jazz, with the energy, vibe and sounds of today, performed by some of the best contemporary pop/jazz musicians from Europe.

Funky rhythm guitars, Hammond, Fender Rhodes and synths, and a rhythm section that has been performing together for decades playing solid grooves and tight, punchy arrangements that have since become their trademark.

All this underpins singer Jaycilee's stunningly beautiful and soulful vocals. It will take you back to that great warm sound of the 70's, with a fresh breeze of influences from the present.

While Tristan’s music may sound like bands such as Tower of Power, Snarky Puppy, or classic Acid Jazz acts such as Incognito and the Brand New Heavies - who all produce high energy grooves - what makes this group stand out from their contemporaries is the high quality of the compositions and arrangements.

Tristan's debut release, ‘Full Power’ - which featured US soul singer Heston, UK saxophone maestro Nigel Hitchcock and legendary American trumpeter Randy Brecker - received rave reviews, while their highly acclaimed follow-up, ‘2nd Phase’, proved that this is a band with something to say, both albums going straight to No 1 in the UK soul charts. The group stunned again with ‘Lifestyle’, Tristan’s third album released in spring 2016 receiving many plaudits including:

Jazz FM , A-list for 8 weeks
Live @ Jazz FM
Live @BBC radio Robert Elms
NPO Jazz & Soul playlist for over 8 weeks
Rave reviews in OOR , Blues &Soul Magazine, Platomania.
34 in UK soulchart top 100,
Best soul album and band 2016 - Colourful Radio UK
Bright Star Award 2016– nomination Best Soul/R&B Album, Best Band

Their success has seen them touring Indonesia, Japan, France, Poland, United Kingdom, Germany and Romania to name a few.

In 2017 they released worldwide a 'live in concert' album with an extended band .
Though their latest 5th album is recorded with only 'the 5-piece core' of the band expect to hear the full range of Tristan's hallmark uplifting, pure and energetic grooves on 'The Spice of Five' . This CD was released worldwide in April 2019. In June 2019 there has been a special Japanese release through Sweet Soul Records Tokyo.

With utmost pride, we present the music of our 5th completed album to date: "The Spice of Five".
Looking back on our journey as a band, it's obvious to feel pride and joy of our work so far.
O, do crank it up loud and groove along with us!

We give you a recipe to dance:)


live feed

you tube


  • reviews/airplay

  • Jazzism
  • Nominated for German Grammy award (Schallplattenkritik Preis)
  • London Jazz Radio
  • Mi-soul
  • Jazz FM
  • Delite Radio 
  • Colourful Radio 
  • Solar Radio
  • NPO 2 & 5 (Dutch National Radio)
  • Music Maker
  • OOR
  • Countdown Cafe
  • Co Live
  • De Max 
  • Noord-Hollands dagblad
  • Berlin Spectator
  • Soulandjazzfunk
  • Noardewijn, (RTV Freisland)
  • AD/ Amersfoortse Courant
  • and many more


  • (Bluey, Incognito)
    “It gives me great pleasure to spread the news of Tristan's new album. Dutch jazz fusion and soul at it's finest! A collection of instrumentals that will enthral musicians everywhere and beautifully penned songs with gorgeous voices! Check it out! Peace... Bluey"

    "Tristan were an absolute blast! They nailed it right from the first number, impressing the audience with their exemplary musicianship and original compositions." Steve Wright, Jazz Curator, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club, UK

    "Tristan's uplifting grooves and consummate musicianship provided an upbeat energy that well fitted our festival vibe. Hopefully more UK audiences will get the chance to discover them." Tony Benjamin, Bristol Harbourfest 2016
  • ( Paul Miller @ BBC radio)
    “We could be looking at album of the year here. The band are all brilliant artists in their own right, but put together, the sound they produce is nothing short of pure magic. I can only describe Tristan's music as soulful jazz-funk of the highest order - this album is simply wonderful.! ESSENTIAL! ”
  • (Steve Lukather)
    “The best of the 70-ties brought to 2014! Congrats on making FRESH burning album yet still groovin’ ……. with melody and surprises. Knocked out! Luke ”