Bands & musicians
Jeroen de Valk Tekst & Music is eager to provide music for all occasions, except when polka or Polynesian folk music is requested.
I’m often asked to do a Chet Baker-tribute, and my regular band for these memorable occasions features Edu Ninck Blok, a trumpeter who worked with Chet both on stage and in the recording studio. Late 2014, we’re issuing a cd featuring veteran drummer John Engels. He started as a professional musician in 1952 and since then backed virtually every local and visiting artist.
I’m currently touring Western Europe with several bands, most notably Dutch Treat, a band led by singer Nynke Geertsma, who sings her own lyrics. They’re in Dutch and sometimes about her (and my) hometown, Amersfoort. After our acclaimed debut In de vroege uurtjes, we recorded The Great Amersfoort Songbook, featuring twenty renowned professionals, among them Thijs van Otterloo, Alexander Beets, Jai-Jai Vos, Thijs Borsten and Leo Janssen.
Late 2013, we presented De Vogels van Holland; a tribute to Annie M.G. Schmidt, a Dutch writer whose songs, musicals, poems and children’s books are extremely popular over here. We made jazz out of her songs, assisted by Jan Verweij – kind of the Dutch Toots Thielemans – on the harmonica.
I love backing singers; also Eva Vleeskruyer in the trio Honey Mizz Eva and Eline de Boer in another trio: Midnight Blue. They do both jazz-songs and non-jazz material. Which is just fine for me as long as it swings and has soul.