Around the World: Holland’s Hans Dulfer

16 May

One of the great joys of the North Sea Jazz Festival (July 8-10 this year in Rotterdam; if you want to go) is that it brings you close enough to see saxophonist Hans Dulfer on his home ground.

Dulfer normally performs every Wednesday at Amsterdam’s Jazz Cafe Alto, an intimate little club just off the Leidseplein (for a pre-concert meal, we recommend the rijsttafel at the Puri Mas nearby). If you’re lucky, Dulfer’s equally talented daughter Candy, also a saxophonist, might accompany him.

One concertgoer’s experience, from (link below): “If you don’t shut up when he asks you to, he’ll play ridiculously loud. If you don’t clap your hands until they bleed he’ll give you an angry look. If you don’t ‘drink your ass off’ in between sets to sponsor the already very successful cafe, he will tell you to in a language that seems to resemble English if you listen carefully. As you can imagine, it’s quite a show and the tourists love it.”

Of course Dulfer is (as is Candy) more than a club performer. He is renowned in Europe and especially popular in Japan; his album Big Boy, from nearly two decades ago, brought him the nickname of the same name.

Lutgard Mutsaers bio of Dulfer for EMI Records, from Dulfer’s web site, “Hans Dulfer loves to push the limits of acceptable behavior a little bit far . . . The building of his own legend is high on his agenda, if he would have one.”

The Hans Dulfer experience



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