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Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New York, Meurkens' recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal.

A two-mallet player in the tradition of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, Hendrik Meurkens was en-route to being an instantly recognizable vibraphonist when he heard Toots Thielemans. Inspired by the sound of Thielemans' harmonica, he taught himself the difficult-to-master instrument.

Hendrik Meurkens' other life-changing musical experience was his introduction to samba and bossa nova. He was so moved by Brazilian music that after perfecting his unique musical voice at Berklee, as a vibraphone major, he moved to Rio in the early 80s to totally immerse himself in music and culture of Brazil.

A regular Monday night gig at the popular Rio club, Bar 21, soon demonstrated his acceptance by Brazilian musicians. Meurkens’ poignant, emotionally affecting harmonica proved to be a sound that Brazilians strongly embraced, and during his Rio days, he met many musicians who later became collaborators in both Europe and New York.

Back in Germany by '83, he became a respected studio musician, recording with European Radio Orchestras and leading his own groups, as well as accompanying visiting legends like Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison and Buddy Tate.

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Albums by Hendrik Meurkens

Album Cobb's Pocket by Hendrik Meurkens

Cobb's Pocket

In And Out Records
2019

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Album Cabin In The Sky by Hendrik Meurkens

Cabin In The Sky

Self Produced
2018

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Album Harmonicus Rex by Hendrik Meurkens

Harmonicus Rex

Self Produced
2016

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Album Junity by Hendrik Meurkens

Junity

Hms
2014

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Album Samba Little Samba by Hendrik Meurkens

Samba Little Samba

Zoho Music
2014

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Euro 12

Euro 12

Hendrik Meurkens
Samba Little Samba

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