Laanen was 43 years solo trumpetist
in "The Hague's Philharmonic Orchestra" and for 25 years professor
at the "Royal Conservatory" in The Hague.
In the 70's René took lessons at the Royal Conservatory The
Hague, Rotterdam, and Zwolle.
He had lessons from: Piet van Dijk, Anner Bijlsma (former principal
trombonists The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra) Bas Dekker, and Gerard
Velthuijsen (former principal trombonists Rotterdam Philharmonic
the late 60's he worked as a trombonist with John
'King Size' Russell in Holland, Germany and Switserland. In the 70's
he worked as a freelance trombonist with Radio/TV Orchestra's in
the Netherlands: Tony Nolte - AVRO, Rogier
van Otterloo - TROS, Harry
van Hoof, Ruud Bos - AVRO, Rudy van Houten - TROS, The
Rob Madna Big Band, Nederlands Jazz Orchestra (leader Frans
Elsen/Kenny Napper), and played film music for Ruud
Bos, he also played trombone in Dutch cabaret- musical shows
with the musical stars: Jasperina
de Jong, André van Duin, Conny van de Bos, Simone
Kleinsma, and Gerard
1972 he founded the "The Hague Trombone Quintet" with "Arthur
Moore" (principal trombonist "The
Hague Philharmonic Orchestra"), Dick
vd Plas and the famous trombone brothers "Bart-
van Lier". In 1974 his quartet made appearances on TV in
the program "Music all in" with guest trombonist Dick
Nash (that same year they were also featured in a radio
program in Holland).
1976 he worked in Berlin (Germany) and played in the orchestras
Compas, the Fallade-Revue- "Jeder stirbt fuer sich allein" in the
Schiller-Theater with the famous "Erwin
Bootz" (piano player "Comedian Harmonies") and worked with
Musicians from "The Tanz-Orchestra RIAS" (American Radio Station
1980 he went to Johannesburg (South Africa) and worked with Gerry
Bosman's Radio/TV Orchestra (SABC), the Pretoria Symphony
Orchestra (PACT), held the bass trombone position in Johannesburg
based military band of the Light Horse Regiment (widely known as
the best military band in South Africa at the time with musicians
Fourie, Denni Lalouette, Ronnie Franchitti, Chris Vernon,
Johnny Boshoff, Bez Martin) and played for several years in the
George Hayden Big Band (SADF Entertainment Unit Pretoria), and the Art Heatlie Big Band at the
SABC. At the Civic Theater in Johannesburg he played the musicals
- "Mame, Cats, Cinderella, Razzle Dazzle, West Side Story, Evita
and Barnum". In 1984 and 1985 René made three extensive tours
with the orchestra's of the singers: "Howard Keel and Antony
Newley" and worked in Africa with "Peanuts
Hucko". René played for several years in "Shirley
Bassey's Orchestra" and did tours in Africa, Germany, Switzerland,
Austria and the United Kingdom.
1990 - 1999 René worked also as a music copyist and did fee
lance work for the Metropole Orchestra and the NOS/NPS (as a music copiest)
The North Sea Big Band (2014 - present)
Frits Landesbergen (sr) Big Band, Leiden, Netherlands (1998
The Highlight Jazz Orchestra (1995-2000)
Baileo Jumbo Big
Band, Netherlands, 2003 - ....click here for some videoclips!
René Laanen's Highlight Jazz Orchestra (René is on bass
trombone) - MP3's
UNITED STATES - JAZZ IN VERMONTH
René worked with Frank Vardaros, Tony Lada & Charlie Saling at Jazz in Vermont.
In his 40 years career as a trombonist, and music copyist,
René has worked and performed for innumerable American and
European well known musicians and jazz musicians, such as: Jean
'Toots' Thielemans (November, 1999 & April, 2000).
Paul Anka, Shirley
Bell, Julia Mann (SABC), Howard
Keel (Sun City), Judy Page (SABC), Laura
Coolidge, and many others.
Ingram, Murray Campbell (SABC), Kenny
Wheeler, Gene Petersen (SABC), Eddy
Calvert (SABC), Ack
van Rooyen, Benny
Harrell, Wim Both,
Greg Bowen (RIAS), Mark
Van Cleave, Jan
Oosthof, Jelle Schouten, Jan
Breuls, and many others.
van Lier, David
Nash (TROS-TV), Tony
van Lier, Jiggs
Levine, Ben van Dijk, Craig Woods, and many others.
King (BBC), Peanuts
von Herman (Shirley Bassey Big Band), Peter
Janssen, Ruud Brink, Toon
Roos, and many others.
Madna, Rob Agerbeek, Frans Elsen, Pim Jacobs, Rob Franken,
Bootz, Paul Kuhn (SFB), Howard
Morgan (SABC), Jimmy
McNeely, David Hartley, Peter Tomasso, Dennis Wilson (SABC), Lionel
Martin (SABC), Horst
Jankowski (RIAS), Rob
van Kreeveld, Michael
Alexander (BBC), Tony
van Bavel, and many others.
Wim Overgauw, Johnnie Fourie (SABC), Eef Albers, Joe Moretti (SABC),
Joop Scholten, Toots
Thielemans, and many others.
bandleaders, composers & arrangers
René also worked (as trombonist/copyist) for composers/arrangers
and bandleaders such as Bill
John Clayton, Rob
Israels, Steve Gray, Vince
Alexander (BBC), Bob
Tomasso (BBC), Gerry Bosman (SABC), Ray
Martin (SABC), Art Heatlie (SABC), Howard Morgan (SABC),
Schuller, Jerry van Rooyen, Kenny Napper, Horst
Jankowski (RIAS), Rob
van Otterloo (TROS), Frans Elsen, Ruud Bos, Paul Kuhn (SFB),
Crosse (Paul Anka), and many others.
In October 2015, René met Bill Watrous in Belgium. Mr. Watrous is more than a living legend, he is one of a handful of trombonists who has been called "the best" not only by other trombonists but also by non-trombonists.