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Primary Instrument: Arranger

Born: August 9, 1943

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...
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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)

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