Born: August 9, 1943 Primary Instrument: Arranger
Born 1943, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Classical piano education (4 years) starting at 10. When I was 14 I started to play (classic) jazz with my younger brother Fred (trumpet/cornet/reeds). We formed in 1965 our first real band (after schoolbands, etc.): The Court Town Rhythm Kings. The band played authentic old jazz in the way of Oliver, Morton, early Armstrong, Williams, Beiderbecke and Half Way House. The band broke up in 1972 due to moving members - ready with their studies - and my own resettling from The Hague to Amsterdam. There my brother and I founded in 1973 Madam Zenja and her Jazz Horns, together with singer Zenja Damm...
Third place international big band contest Glauchau, Germany, 2010.
You have to have guts when you're an amateur band to recreate the music of Duke Ellington, but immediately by listening to the first track you know, these guys can play it.
Wonderful that such beautiful music has been recorded and released again in 2009.
(Doctor Jazz Magazine no. 206, Holland)
Swingin' Crash plays Ellington
1. Caravan; 2. Do nothing till you hear from me; 3. East St.Louis Toodle-O; 4. Prelude to a kiss; 5. Drop me off in Harlem; 6. The Mooche; 7. Daydream; 8. Old man blues; 9. I'm beginning to see the light; 10. Black and tan fantasy; 11. Chelsea bridge; 12. In my solitude; 13 In a sentimental mood; 14. C-jam blues.
Personnel: tp's: Frank Wouters, Jan de Wit, Fred Horn (+ah,ss); tb's: Willem van Manen, Louis Bink, Coen Gerritse (+voc.); as/cl: Ger de Lange, Wim Elshove, Ton Damm; cl/ts: Fred Groot (+ss), Wim van Soest; bs/cl/bcl: Henk van Voorthuijsen; p/arr: Wik Horn; g: Rick Vermeer; b: Jos Dullaart; d: Klaas de Koning; voc.: Henny van Dongen.
Recorded by JP Exalto & Wieger Bronstring, mastered by Frans Hendriks, produced by Wik Horn for the Swingin' Crash Foundation, photo's by Paul van Remund, recorded at Studio Zeezicht, Holland, 2009.
Body & Soul (Cat Jazz Records CAT 6505), 1992
Skyliner (Cat Jazz Records CAT 6909), 1996
Leiderdorp blues (self produced/ municipality of Leiderdorp), 1998
It's been a long, long time (self produced), 2004
Theater alley swing (self produced), 2007
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