Finally found some
time to update this website. Been pretty busy last few months with all kinda
Firstly played with
Hazenoten at the yearly Carnaval. Was a nice one: good atmosphere in the
band, enthusiastic audience and no illness for me this time! One highlight
for me was Karnavalsmis, where we played my arrangement of Hijo De La Luna
and a wonderful Oblivion, featuring Hellen on clarinet.
Did do rehearsals
with Crusade, working on new songs as Whipping Post (Frank Zappa version)
and Get Down. The latter is a Gilbert O'Sullivan original which we play in a
more laid back raunchy blues groove.
Also worked with
Demeter on some new songs. To start with "Song For Bilbao", a modern clssic
by Pat Metheny. In fact we were inspired by the amazing version of Michael
Brecker on his album Tales From The Hudson. Second one is Leroy Street by
Peter Erskine. This was suggested by Pieter, who appears to be a lifetime
fan of Erskine.First rendition on yesterdays rehearsal was quite well. So
we're gonna perform this on our next gig at April 1st (Fool's Day!).
Finally we will play
with Vlietstra Gang next sunday at Cafe De Bel (Rotterdam) again. So be
there! Starting at 17.30!!
15 january 2006
started, let's hope it will be a good one. Also best wishes for readers of
this site, as far as they didn't receive best wishes from me already.
The year kicked off
with New years Party with Crusade
and Traveller. It was crowded (about 200 people), thus contributing to a
nice evening, good music, and a fabulous start.
Last week Vlietstra
Gang had a public rehearsal at cafe De Bel in Rotterdam. The seven men (and
a lot of soul) introduced amongst the well known tracks also Big Mondays
(New Cool Collective). This evening also was the debut of me as a lead
singer: was little exciting and frightening but I enjoyed it anyway.
recorded and rehearsed with Royal Scam (Steely Dan covers). Once again a new
song: My Old School. Worked pretty well, and even more important: rehearsal
was going marvellous.I added the scores of My Old School to the
Royal Scam Page.
ZHFO was playing New Years concert in
Waddinxveen. Also due to some unexpected guests (?!) this was a surprising
30 december 2005
This year has almost
gone into the history books. So a quick update on the final events taking
place for me.
Royal Scam is
establishing itself as a band to specialize in charity concerts. The 17th we
were present at an event for
Nicaragua in Leerdam. Except for the money which was collected we
enjoyed ourselves with some good old fashioned punk music from Onslow. We
couldn't help starting to do the pogo dance, sweeping anyone from the dance
floor. Also noteworthy was a free interpretation of the classic "Brandend
Zand", with help of the Scam Ladies.
The Relatives played
Parkzicht the 18th. I was happy to meet many familiar people there (almost
relatives...). Anyway the music was a nice mix between latin and swing and
everything in between.
The gig for
Vlietstra Gang is fixed now on january 12th 2006.
When visiting the
exhibition of Tjarko's paintings old
memories came back alive. Because of the extension with two weeks there will
be a chance for anyone to witness the beauty of his work. So be there!
11 december 2005
Just returned from
session at Arina's. Was last time for Ab (of Vlietstra Gang). Was nice to
meet so many people again, pretty crowded too
Gang strikes again next year at De Bel...so be there!
29 november 2005
Crusade has again
played well at Bokbier festival. Also thanks to your sub bass player Kees
all went well. Is always special to be with a Rotterdam band in our
Onthulling was going fine. Luckily for us Ron (without) Snor was pronounced
to be Prins next year. Anyway he knows how to talk and sing!
18th of November was
a very special occasion for Demeter. We played at the overview exhibition of
paintings of our late drummer Tjarko Ten Have. Was wonderful to be in
between his paintings of Miles, Tony, Bird and Jaco again. Brought back
feelings of the old times to me....pictures can be found at
Getting busy for
carnaval. This years Loeiersfestijn was held last week. I think it started
24 october 2005
Was quite a busy
weekend: friday starting with Enterprise playing Total Music. Anything was
going right, except for the number of people in the audience. But the ones
present surely had a good time.
Saturday was ZHFO
rehearsal. Was used to get a taste of some new pieces which will be played
at the concert in December. Needs some practising though!
played at Moergestel. Ideal opportunity to test some new tracks on a live
In the evening final
rehearsal if Crusade for the gig next week at Beurs Van Berlage. I am sure
anything will work out fine.
3 october 2005
Time for an update
I did quite some
stand-in work for Seasound Bigband this month. So had the opportunity to visit
the beautiful little town of Brielle.
Things are looking
bad for "Theatre boat BEP". As for
now it seems to be closed next year. Would be a shame for the cultural
atmosphere in Rotterdam. So for anyone who feels like to conserve this
unique initiative, feel free to object against the proposed closure!!
Any reaction will count!
For more info how to do this, see the
Last month was also the
first public performance of Vlietstra Gang! We were playing at the historic
place of Sybold. Pictures will be posted soon on the
Steenbergen. Deep down in the south in a typical Brabantse pub.
Giving some arrangements
to the public domain, as can be seen on the
performance at Art Gallery in Kalmthout, in memory of our former drummer
Tjarko is now fixed! Demeter will be paying tribute musically, in the
presence of some reknown speakers.
4 september 2005
Been some time since
updating this page....so mentioning distinct things happening last few weeks.
We played with
Demeter at wedding in Ouddorp. Was also an encounter with our former pianist
Lourens. He also joined for a couple of (his own) songs, amongst which the
latin tinged Caruela
Enterprise was final act on the bigband festival in Delft. Was nice to meet
the band we will meet again at their festival in
Steenbergen this month.
Last week Crusade
played the Pijnackerplein. After a haunting start we recovered well and
enjoyed being there.
Horns played at Wereld Haven
Dagen (World Harbour Days) in Rotterdam. Especially for this occasion I
have arranged some pop songs. Ranging from Soul (Dancing In The Streets and
Proud Mary) to mainstream pop (Angels, Nonstop Dance) to Gospel (Unchain My
Heart) and Dutch songs (Als Ze Er Niet Is). Also we supported for the
Today Demeter played
at "Theatre boat BEP". In a sunny
atmosphere we enjoyed being outside, nice audience and wonderful music.
Luckily many of our musical friends showed up and encouraged us with vocal
support and intense listening. Also female singer Sanne surprised with her
warm sounding voice.
Had a nice time in
Hoek van Holland. As the name says it is located very close to the sea, at
the edge of my country. We were pleased to play with Crusade. Luckily the
rain was postponed until last 10 minutes. Nevertheless the audience had a
Festival in Utrecht was nice! Bunch of relaxed people, good vibes and of
course some amazing bands. Varying from electric jazz of
State Of Monc, through
the fusion sounds of
Liston Smith to the deep funk of
Lefties Soul Connection
and Quantic Soul Orchestra.
Particularly singer Alice Russell was wonderfull... and I was happy to hear
some new songs, amongst which a nice Spanish tinged composition.
24 july 2005
The gig with Big Fun
was nice. Particularly the green surroundings of the Oranjerie were
Just returned from
the WMC with ZHFO. At first it was a nice weekend with some nice people and
fellow musicians (in that order). Furthermore we had a good result,
occupying the 3rd place. I have been told this is a remarkable result, so
have to rely on that!
I will start doing
arranging work for the upcoming event at september 3rd playing pop with The
Portables, marking the return of the Victory Horns!
been busy with
ZHFO lately, rehearsing for the WMC next
week. As preparation we played at Alphen a/d Rijn, together with DSS.
working on a short term project, playing pop covers with a horn section
at the Rotterdam' Wereld Haven Dagen 2005.
3 july 2005
yesterday was a sad
day for Leerdam: it was the last opening night for De Souffleur. As was told
it used to be a place where many young jazz/pop musicians could grow into
maturity. Too bad this had to stop after 15 years. For me personally I have
been frequenting it only for a year, but have got to know many wonderful
persons and musicians over there.
finished the salsa
workshop with Hermine Schneider doing a nice little rehearsal/concert.
Played again with
Hazenoten in the sun: but fortunately I got hold of a nice
has been some time
since posting anything. The playing at the wedding with Demeter was nice,
particularly the old building. More info can be found
I found that the building is from 1869!
The concert with
ZHFO was influenced by the wonderful weather this weekend. I think many
people preferred barbecue and relaxing above listening to a nice concert.
Too bad for them!
Today I was little
sunburned when playing with Hazenoten
on a sunny afternoon (thx to the Kinks ;-) ). But was nice after all...
14 june 2005
was busy weekend
with two gigs. First one was with Crusade at Souffleur Leerdam. Too ba that
this will be closed next year: place full of atmosphere and memories
sunday was also nice
with Vlietstra Gang at Arina's. We even had
the opportunity to try some new arrangements. Special thanks to Joost for
being a perfect standin for this occasion. I hope we can cooperate more in
Just enjoyed the Lyn
Leon concert. Despite the windy weather it was wonderful: nice songs,
great voice and glassy instruments. Too bad so few people showed up, but was
Toeterade with Hazenoten was going well: anyway we
played distinctive repertoire
Just thinking about some new songs to arrange for the
next Vlietstra Gang performance at Arina's
14 may 2005
Have been enjoying playing with Demeter at Souffleur.
All our friends of Royal Scam showed up and the band played loosely, though
intense. Was also the live debut of fusion tracks as Kalimba, which were
11 may 2005
First rehearsal with George went great!
gig with Seasound Bigband was going well.
Unfortunately we had to take care of the volume because of the age of our
1 may 2005
Enjoyed the performance with Dizzy Jazz Orchestra on
a sunny Queen's day.
Was a nice evening yesterday, being on stage with the
Victory Horns and the Royal Scam band. Despite low lights anything was going
well. As one said: a magical band!
21 april 2005
Added the Alto part for Jo-Jo on page for
18 april 2005
Finished the arrangement for Miss Riddle for Boz
17 april 2005
Yesterday with Demeter in Faas was great! We played
two balanced sets. The audience was wonderful as expected, also due to
the happy occasion. For the next performance in Leerdam we will be
rehearsing some other new tracks.
I set up a Boz
Scaggs page for the upcoming LvL performance.
10 april 2005 (2)
Playing with Vlietstra
Gang at Arina's was going great! For me it was a perfect mix of arranged
songs and spontaneous improvisation. I feel the same was true for the
audience: anybody who was there will agree with it!
will start arranging Boz Scaggs songs for the
upcoming event with Royal Scam backing up for Hein Derksen.
Heard today that Demeter Horns also might be playing
with a salsa band on the 23 april event. More on that soon.
10 april 2005 (1)
Have been writing last few days for the upcoming
session at Arina with the Vlietstra Gang.
Yesterday I had to travel quite some distance to play
with ZHFO at Abbekerke. This is a nice little town in the north of Holland,
close to Hoorn. We did a concert together with
Crescendo. Thanks to our guest
director Sander Teepe the performance went well.
Enterprise played at Schiedam at 2nd Easter Day.
Traditionally this day might be used to visit furniture shows and we did
that as well. though in a musical way!
Afterwards I did join the jamsession at Cafe Merz in
Dordrecht. Meeting some fellow musicians as Ger, Marianne and also the local
band Whipsmash. Was a nice afternoon after all.
The Vlietstra Gang
is complete now with bass player Erwin Huigen! This line-up will perform
sunday 10th April in Cafe Arina.
played at "Het Dak" yesterday. It was a nice event in a big concerthall,
large stage, impressive PA stack. Thanks to our sound engineers Adri and
Andreas it sounded marvellous for the audience. The whole band was present,
even Annebelle who was a little ill. The 1 hour set was balanced, although
we couldn't make the whole setlist. We'll save that for the next time. In
the meantime we are busy having a look at the recordings yesterday and
working on some possibilities for gigs.
finished the setlist for Royal Scam concert. Thanks
to our loyal supporter Gina the information on
20 march 2005 (2)
Just returned from rehearsal with Royal Scam band. We
managed to play the entire setlist, comprising of 12 tracks. The new
arrangements of Bad Sneakers and Rikki were going well. Was anyway nice to
meet the other bandmembers again after quite some time.
Put some SD MP3s on the site, especially for Michael
20 march 2005 (1)
Playing with Delft Blue last week was nice...
tonight I have been at the historical city of Leiden
to play with ZHFO. Despite (or maybe thanks to) the bad rehearsal we had a
great concert: the overall feeling was good.
14 march 2005
Crusade at Barbiertje was great: audience enjoying
themselves. Especially thanks to some loyal fans who appeared inexpectedly.
Was also nice to meet some collegue musicians as well
Started writing on the arrangement for the Steely Dan
band (aka Royal Scam)
the arrangement of "Rikki dont lose that
number". Although the horn parts are missing in the original version, i did
add some parts. Hope the bandmembers (and the audience) like it!
the publicity for the
Royal Scam gig is well on its way.
Thanks to Gina we are present
at even the
of a Belgian Jazz site;
did have a nice performance with the Enterprise
Bigband this evening. We served as 'play along band' for interested music
students at TU Delft. We were particularly surprised by the discipline of
The ZHFO will be
present at the WMC 2005! Quite a remarkable
invitation for such a young orchestra.
28 february 2005
performance with Enterprise yesterday was going well
except for one thing: finding the way. Fortunately I was not the only one
suffering from this ;-)
Will start working soon on the arrangement for "Rikki
don't lose that number"
21 february 2005
Finished the arrangement of "Bad Sneakers" for
20 february 2005
Some news from the music front again. After having
survived the "karnaval" once more it's time to look ahead to other events.
In the meantime Demeter has been rehearsing on some
new tunes for the upcoming performances. Amongst them John Coltrane's "Blue
Train" and the Tom Scott adaptation of the Wayne Shorter track "Children of
Also expected is a gig with Royal Scam in March for a
welfare event. Right now I am busy on writing some new songs. These will be
revealed later on this site.... so stay tuned. In the meantime we have been
spotted by a Dutch SD fanzine, as can be checked
New Enterprise, ZHFO, Demeter and Crusade dates have
been added to the agenda.