Whitin a few weeks some new songs of Nueva Manteca will be released! Below the dates of the upcoming singles – and finally NUEVA MANTECA’s new album ART. It’s a twofold tribute, to Art Blakey and our dear founder and spiritual father, Jan Laurens Hartong.

March 18: Moanin –

April 1: Blues March –

April 8: ART – NEW ALBUM!! –

🎨 by Selina Fernandez-Shaw Alvarez & Michael Varekamp


Within a few weeks the new album of Nueva Manteca will drop on all streamingsplatforms.ART is a twofold tribute. Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers was a groundbreaking phenomenon. With much love and a lot respect for Blakey’s incredible musical legacy, we added some ‘rice and beans’ to it… We hope you enjoy our guaracha, songo, cha cha, bomba & much more!

You can already pre-order the album on our webshop:


Blijf op de hoogte van het laatste nieuws rondom het nieuwe album van Ben via onze Facebookpagina en website:

Missa, the new album of Musica Extrema!

Missa, a brand new album with songs from the like-named, successful production of Musica Extrema. Missa is a mass in 11 parts about the arise of Holland. The music is a combination of classical music, jazz and world music. The Dutch lyrics are written by no one less than Jan Rot. The music is composed by Ben van den Dungen and Wim Warman.

Missa tells the story of the fight against the water of the Dutch people, the origin of the cities in Holland with its much spoken tombs, Jacoba van Beiren, the Hoekse & Kabeljauwse twisten and the terrible natural disaster the Sint-Elisabeth Flood.

All songs from this production are collected on this album. The orchestra Musica Extrema (Tanya Schaap, Ben van den Dungen, Gert Wantenaar, Sebastiaan van Bavel, Vasillis Stefanopoulos) and three vocalists (Claudia Patacca, Erik Slik, Jan Willem Baljet) take you back in history. Back to our story, the story of the arise of Holland.

Order and listen Missa through:


A Tribute to John Coltrane

The Ben van den Dungen Quartet brings a tribute to the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane and his music. Coltrane was one of the most influential saxophonists of all time. He gained notoriety during his stint with Miles Davis and his solo projects, hit like a bomb. The album’s “Blue Trane” and ” Giant Steps,’ were surprised both friend and foe, and was designed from the outset to the classics!

In the early sixties Coltrane formed ‘Trane’s quartet, and that changed the wole jazzindustry. An immediate change in the jazz scene of the sixties was the result of it. Modal jazz was born, famous for albums such as ‘Impressions,’ and ‘A Love Supreme’. The Ben van den Dungen Quartet, brings in this swirling ode to a modern-day interpretation of a law as the ‘classics’.

It is gonna be a great tour! The Ben van den Dungen Quartet will be playing ad more than 50 stages through the Netherlands. Dates and locations will soon be announced, so keep an eye on our website!

January 24; Première Café du Monde!

In less than two weeks, the time has come; The premiere of Café du Monde on Thursday January 24 in the Stadsgehoorzaal in Vlaardingen. A tour that can be seen in more than 30 theaters. 

Café du Monde is a musical production in which the most popular songs of life from over the whole world are performed. Tracks from The Netherlands, Italy, France, but also South-America. The song of life, chanson, schlager, copla, blues, fado, and smartlap in a fantastic musical production. Come and listen to the lyrical poets in Café du Monde!  ​

On January 24, the big premiere in the Stadsgehoorzaal in Vlaardingen.
​For tickets and more information go to:  
Premier Café du Monde, Stadsgehoorzaal vlaardingen