The idea was set up by Carla Beekman, a jazz double bass player from Amsterdam, who started the first Amsterdam Jazz Club for a hotel in Switzerland and since then succesful organises these projects.

Zij studeerde jazz/contrabas aan het Amsterdams Sweelinck Conservatorium en volgde ook masterclasses bij bekende bassisten als Hein van de Geyn, Red Mitchell, Rufus Reis, Todd Coolman en Ray Brown.

Known for her nice swing and sound she supported many bands. In Europe she acted with different combos in Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria and recorded two cd’s.