Phaedra Kwant plays bass guitar, double-bass, sings, writes lyrics and composes. She studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and officially became the first female Master of Music Bassguitar in The Netherlands in 2004.

Phaedra is a genuine musical chameleon, she works in the highest regions of the Dutch jazz, pop and theatre scenes, enjoying the diversity of playing all kinds of music. This multi-talented woman is playing as sideman in bands of numerous well-known Dutch artists like Claudia de Breij, Veldhuis & Kemper, 3Js, Mathilde Santing, Frederique Spigt, Do, Krystl, Hans Vermeulen, Lois Lane, Charly Luske and Leoni Jansen, but also with international stars like Debbie Sledge.

She leads her own jazzband ‘Phaedra’ and poptrio ‘McChicks’. Both projects received outstanding reviews in numerous papers, magazines and on Dutch radio and television. Phaedra also works as a voice over and received assignments as a lyricist for example the Dutch Royal Family.

To date, she has released two jazz solo-albums: Too Much In Store (2009) and Still Listening (2013).

Phaedra has performed internationally in many countries all over the world. A New York-newspaper dubbed her ‘The Dutch Sting’ and ‘Angel from the Netherlands’ after seeing her perform. And a Japanese jazz magazine qualified her in the Top 10 of ‘Best New Bassplayers on the Scene’.

Phaedra is endorser of Aguilar Amps and writes for bass guitar magazine ‘De Bassist’ since 2007. In 2016 Phaedra won the poll in magazine ‘De Gitarist’ , being ‘The Best Jazz/Fusionbassist of the Benelux.’


  • Phaedra Kwant
  • Bass, vocals
  • Mike del Ferro
  • Piano
  • Haye Jellema
  • Drums

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