Joop AYAL (born 1925) left his birthplace-the Indonesian island Kisar for the Netherlands in 1948 where he worked with the singer Rita REYS.
In 1951, he moved to Brussels, Belgium, where he started playing the baritone sax with Francis BAY in the famous Brussels club Au Gaity.
Until 1965 he stayed clubbing in the city, than started a long collaboration with Flemish television. He played with his quintet at Jazz Middelheim in 1976.
Joop Ayal received a master's degree in Counterpoint from the Académie Royale de Bruxelles and in Arranging and Orchestration from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
These days, he plays a.o. with the DE CAUTER brothers (Django style band) and the RETRO JAZZ ORCHESTRA.
Joop AYAL appears on several albums.