"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Dutch double bassist & composer Jasper Somsen (1973) studied Jazz and Classical double bass at the conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During his career Jasper has performed with some of the very best musicians at the (inter)national jazz scene, a.o.: Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Bob Sheppard, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gabriele Mirabassi, Bert Joris, Bert van den Brink, Ramón Valle, Toon Roos, Karel Boehlee, John Engels, Yuri Honing and Eric Vloeimans.

Albums as a leader at Challenge Records:
2010: Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi) - Jasper Somsen Group
2013: Sardegna - Jasper Somsen Group
2017: A New Episode In Life part I - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli
2017: A New Episode In Life part II - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli

Jasper performes world wide, can be heard on more than 30 albums and is frequently invited as a guest teacher at the conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Arnhem.

Featured on

Don't Ever Leave Me
John Helliwell | Jasper Somsen | Hans Vroomans | Marcel Serierse
Saudade, Colour of Love
Maria Mendes | Metropole Orkest | John Beasley
Voyage in Time
Enrico Pieranunzi | Jasper Somsen
The Lights Are Always On
Lynne Arriale Trio
Chimes of Freedom
Lynne Arriale Trio
Common View
Enrico Pieranunzi
The Fine Line
Bob Sheppard
Give Us These Days
Lynne Arriale Trio
A New Episode In Life Pt. II
Jasper Somsen Trio
A New Episode in Life Pt. I
Jasper Somsen Trio
Tales From The Unexpected
Enrico Pieranunzi
Jasper Somsen Group
Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry
Jasper Somsen


Jasper Somson - Don't forget the Poet (E. Pieranunzi)
Official Video JASPER SOMSEN TRIO - A New Episode In Life part I