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Hendrik Meurkens

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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June 29, 2008

Jazz Festival Featuring Jazz Greats, Bill Crow, Hendrik Meurkens and...

February 09, 2008

Album of the Week - Sambatropolis, Hendrik Meurkens

January 17, 2008

Hendrik Meurkens CD Release "Sambatropolis" Wed, Jan. 30th at Kitano2...

December 10, 2007

Hendrik Meurkens CD Release "Sambatropolis" Wed, Jan. 30th at Kitano2...

February 27, 2007

Hendrik Meurkens "New York Samba Jazz Quintet" Tue-Wed, Feb. 27th &...

February 15, 2007

Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet at J&r Music World + WBGO Live...

February 06, 2007

Brazilian Jazz Artist Hendrik Meurkens to Perform at J&R Tuesday,...

December 23, 2006

Hendrik Meurkens NY Samba Jazz Quartet at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola...

July 31, 2006

Hendrik Meurkens Quartet at Zinc Bar Tuesday-Thursday August 1-3 +...

March 21, 2006

Hendrik Meurkens-Helio Alves Brazilian Jzzz Duo Tuesday, March 21st at...

February 04, 2006

Hendrik Meurkens and Helio Alves Brazilian Jazz Piano Duo February 6,...

November 07, 2005

Hendrik Meurkens at the Jazz Standard Tues. Nov 8

November 01, 2005

Hendrik Meurkens & Amazon River At the Cornerstone Nov. 2

October 06, 2005

Hendrik Meurkens & Amazon River W/ Special Guest Romero Lubambo at the...

August 31, 2005

New Hendrik Meurkens Video @ AAJ

July 23, 2005

Hendrik Meurkens & Amazon River at Sweet Rhythm Sunday-July 24th and...

July 02, 2005

Blue Toucan Music To Release Hendrik Meurkens' New CD, 'Amazon River'

June 01, 2005

Hendrik Meurkens & Amazon River at the Empire State Building Free...

February 12, 2005

New Website, CD and Organ Quartet for Jazz Harmonica Virtuoso Hendrik...

January 31, 2005

The Hendrik Meurkens Organ Quartet at Cecil's Fri & Sat, February 11th...

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Discography

Cabin In The Sky

Cabin In The Sky

Self Produced
2018

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Harmonicus Rex

Harmonicus Rex

Self Produced
2016

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Euro 12

Euro 12

Hendrik Meurkens
Samba Little Samba

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