When I was about 9 years old I started singing with children's choir De Zonnepitten in Schijndel, the Netherlands, and I've been singing on stage ever since; in musicals, jazz-bands and choirs. At the age of 15 I fell in love with jazz music and when I was studying Educational Sciences in Utrecht I was able to develop my passion in the most enthusiastic vocal group of the Netherlands: Dekoor close harmony (chosen as best choir in Holland in 2007 on television program Korenslag). Later on I started having singing lessons with the wonderful jazz singer Denise Jannah. After moving to Luxembourg in 1994, I was active in the theatre group Pirates Productions and in the choir Voices International. After getting into touch with the jazz-scene in Trier and attending several jazz workshops with Norma Winstone and Maria Pia de Vito, I started singing with the Rhythm & Swing Big Band in 2001 and started having singing lessons with singing coach and pianist Heinrich Thiel.
In 2005 I decided to make professional recordings in a studio and with the help of Georg Ruby (pianist, composer, big band leader) I recorded a demo in the Topaz Studio in Cologne. This resulted in playing at the L'Inoui in April 2006, one of the most beautiful theatre/jazz clubs in Luxembourg.
In 2006 I started a duo with guitar player Dany Schwickerath from Trier and I also joined the Blue Art Orchestra from Cologne with whom I discovered the music of Kenny Wheeler and started singing the Francy Bolland/Kenny Clarke repertoire.
Edith enters the stage in black and in all simplicity. A long necklace on a leather
like tunic, and that’s all she needs. Her voice will do the rest. Before long, it feels
dark outside – the jazz club feeling permeates the room on a Sunday at 11.30
am. With her natural, modest and unpretentious look, Edith creates a complete
focus on her voice, and on the piano, the saxophone, the double bass and the
drums, each of the five instruments shining in their own right. Her voice is deep
and full, with a soft power. She makes singing seem easy and effortless – the
proof of hard work.
Unni Holtedahl - www.clew.lu (2013)
Although she is living in Luxembourg for twelve years now, Edith van den Heuvel
still is largely ignored in her chosen homeland – wrongly, since she places herself
- no matter from what angle: technique, sensibility and artistic originality – on
the same level as widely recognized singers abroad such as Sarah Lazarus or
Jazzclub Luxembourg (2007)