Music

Dutch Treatvroegevogels

After a break of more than ten years, I started playing again, late 2006; first on electric bass, then on double bass. I decided I just had to play music, come hell or high water. I saw a double bass in a second-hand store around the corner, early 2012, bought it and never looked back.

I perform often with Dutch Treat, a band lead by singer Nynke Geertsma, who sings her own lyrics. They’re in Dutch and sometimes about her (and my) hometown, Amersfoort. We recorded the cd In de vroege uurtjes, just weeks after we first got together. When recording our second cd The Great Amersfoort Songbook, we felt strong enough to invite twenty major musicians from Amersfoort; among them Thijs van Otterloo, Alexander Beets, Jai-Jai Vos, Thijs Borsten and Leo Janssen.

Late 2013, we presented Dutch Treat's third CD: 'De Vogels van Holland'; a tribute to Annie M.G. Schmidt, a Dutch writer whose songs, musicals, poems and children's books are extremely popular over here. We made jazz out of her songs, assisted by Jan Verweij - kind of the Dutch Toots Thielemans - as a guest soloist on the harmonica. Due to copyright complications, this CD was issued in a limited edition.

I love backing singers; also Eva Vleeskruyer in the trio Honey Mizz Eva and Eline de Boer in another trio: Midnight Blue. They do both jazz-songs and non-jazz material. Which is just fine for me as long as it swings and has soul. Just vocals, guitar and double bass.

Jeroen de Valk op Bas

Once in a while, I have the pleasure to accompany Edu Ninck Blok, a trumpeter who worked with Chet both on stage and in the recording studio. He learned from Chet a thing or two. Click here for music and visuals of the Edu Ninck Blok Trio. That’s my good friend Peter ‘Dynamite’ Smit on guitar.

Late 2008, I accompanied guitar giant Eef Albers at a benefit concert. Some clips of the concert can be seen on the Eef Albers page

My double bass is a Chinese one, type ‘Cremona’. It’s a light weight instrument with, nevertheless, a huge sound. Great to play on unamplified.

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