Photo impression

Thanks for the many enthusiastic reactions and congratulations that we receive from you about the International Boogie Woogie Festival Holland 2008. The festival on March 8th 2008 was completely sold out.

For the guestbook of the festival, please click here. Soon you'll find here a photo impression of the event.

The next edition of the festival takes place at Saturday March 7th 2009 in hotel Heerlickheijd van Ermelo.


Martijn Schok, Greta Holtrop, Dick Doorn, Diana Doorn


Grand Finale 2008, click on photo for a big version

Artists 2008

HENRY BUTLER (piano/vocals, New Orleans, USA)

Legendary piano/vocalist from New Orleans. He's called the pride of New Orleans (a.o. by Dr. John). Henry toured around the world solo and with many other top artists such as BB King.

Henry Butler is his generation's representative in the Crescent City's unique lineage of piano legends such as Professor Longhair, James Booker, Tuts Washington and Jelly Roll Morton.

The one and only: Henry Butler...!


Henry Butler (New Orleans, USA)

LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD (piano/vocals, Houston, Texas, USA)

In 1978 he did his first, very successful, tour in Europe. Since 1980 Willie has been continually on the road in Europe, playing theatres, clubs and festivals. His first performance at the Montreux Jazzfestival was broadcasted on television by the BBC. He appeared at many radio- and televisionshows all over Europe. He performed in the Australian film "Love in Limbo", presented at the Berlin filmfestival 1993.

On many requests, Little Willie Littlefield will return at the festival in 2008. With his powerful piano playing and his soulful voice, Willie has many fans in Holland.

We are proud to have this great roots piano player and living legend at our festival in Holland.

Willie: welcome back...!

Little Willie Littlefield (Houston, Texas, USA)

ROB RIO (piano/vocals, Calabasas, California, USA)

Known by some as the "boss of the boogie", pianoman/vocalist Rob Rio plays the boogie-woogie and jump blues of the 40's and 50's with a virtuosity and elan that has excited audiences around the world for more than 20 years.

Rob has appeared with many of the original blues greats, such as Muddy Waters, Willy Dixon, Charles Brown, Joe Cocker and many more, and has recorded with Mick Jagger, Canned Heat, Billy Boy Arnold, William Clarke, Coco Montoya, Finas Tasby, Walter Trout, Phillip Walker, Jody Williams and others.

Rob Rio (Los Angeles, USA)

DON 'PAPADON' WASHINGTON (piano/vocals, New York, USA)

Don 'Papadon' Washington has his musical roots in the church with gospel music.

It wasn't until the early 1990's that Don became interested in the blues. Like many young, black kids, he thought that this music was old, outdated, and just left over from slavery. This thought would soon be changed! In the spring of 1991, Don had a chance to see Buddy Guy perform live at the Penguin Club in Ottawa, Ontario. The performance was so powerful that Don left the show mesmerized.

He realized at that moment that his gospel roots gave him the tools he needed to play and sing the blues.

Don 'Papadon' Washington (New York, USA)

JEAN-PIERRE BERTRAND (piano, Paris, France)

Jean-Pierre Bertrand is the most famous pianist from France that specialised in playing the authentic style of boogie woogie and piano blues.

Jean-Pierre plays traditional boogie woogie, and also many own swinging compositions.

The performance of Jean-Pierre guarantees a large amount of swing and virtuosity on the 88's...!


Jean-Pierre Bertrand (Paris, France)

Renaud Patigny (piano, Brussels, Belgium)

Renaud Patigny is one of the few boogie woogie and blues pianists from Belgium. Hij performs solo on international level, but also has his own combo in Brussels, Belgium.

Renaud can play various styles of boogie woogie, blues and swing styles and has a recognizable sound. Recently, he performed solo at the Chicago Blues Festival in the USA.

The boogie woogie player from Belgium: Renaud Patigny...!


Renaud Patigny (Brussels, Belgium)

MARTIJN SCHOK (piano, The Netherlands)

Martijn's piano style is characterized by a large dose of swing, a steady groove and a high degree of virtuosity. It is clear he has a great deal of respect and admiration for the music of the early American boogie woogie originators.

Martijn is a respected interpreter of the boogie woogie style and appears at famous international festivals, such as the festival in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA), the Queen City Blues Festival in Cincinnati (Ohio, USA), the Motor City Boogie & Blues Festival in Detroit (Michigan, USA), and the international boogie woogie festivals in Switzerland, Belgium, France, England, Spain and the USA.

Martijn is organizer of the festival, together with vocalist Greta Holtrop and Dick and Diana Doorn.

Martijn Schok (The Netherlands)

KIA LIGHT SINGERS (vocals, Angola, Africa)

The members of the Kia Light Singers are inspired by the American negrospirituals. But also African -mostly Angolean- influences are prominent.

A performance of Kia Light is inspiring because of their natural enthusiasm when singing. Besides swinging traditionals, they compose their own arrangements and also write own songs.

Enjoy the Kia Light Singers...!

Kia Light Singers (Angola, Afrika)

Rinus Groeneveld (saxophone, Holland)

The Amsterdam based Rinus Groeneveld is without doubt one of Hollands best tenor saxophone players. With his recognizable sound he blows a unique mix of jazz, blues, boogie woogie and rhythm and blues.

Rinus played all over the world with many jazz and blues musicians, such as Mose Mose Allison, Big Jay McNeeley, Rosa King and Hans Dulfer. Rinus has been part of the Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band since 1994 and was the recording engineer of the bands latest CD "Doing The Boogie Woogie", in his own recording studios in Amsterdam.

Rinus Groeneveld

Greta Holtrop (vocals, Holland)

With her versatile vocal talent and charismatic stage presence, the Dutch singer Greta Holtrop forms the perfect partner for Martijn Schoks swinging piano style. Her expressive voice, full of sincerity and emotion, seduces the ear with sultry interpretations of sensitive blues songs, turning just as easily to lively, swinging boogies. Boogie woogie great, Big Joe Duskin, has described her vocal tone as somewhere between Billie Holiday and Dina Washington.

Together with Martijn Schok, Greta performed during Boogie Woogie and Blues Festivals in the USA, Switzerland, France, Belgium and England. Greta also sang with other top boogie woogie players such as Bob Seeley (USA), Charlie Booty (USA), Jean-Paul Amouroux (F), Axel Zwingenberger (D), Ricky Nye (USA), Little Willie Littlefield (USA), Silvan Zingg (CH), Stefano Franco (It) and Mark Braun (USA).

Greta is vocalist and presenter of the successful theatre show, The Grand Piano Boogie Train with pianists Martijn Schok, Jaap Dekker and Jeroen Sweers.

Greta performed many times for national television in Holland as well as regional TV stations in the USA. For the year 2008, performances are scheduled during the Jazzfestival in Denmark.

Greta Holtrop

Guitar Ray (guitar/vocals, Holland)

“Guitar Ray has got the GOODS”, Duke Robillard writes in his liner notes for the cd Guitar Ray-‘ Live at the Nix’, to be released on october 24th, 2004 on Firesweep Records. “Rockin', stompin' and swinging guitar music that sets his audience on its heels”, Robillard continues.
There’s no better way to describe the Red Hot Roots & Blues played by dutch guitarist/singer Raymond Nijenhuis, better known as ‘Guitar Ray’.
Both with his band ‘The Rhythm Dukes’ consisting of rock solid players Hans Molenaar (drums) and Jaap van der Sluijs (bass/vocals) and with various other groups he has appeared at many festivals and club gigs over the past few years and will be for many more years to come!

Ray toured and gigged all over West-Europe with many well known performing artists like Sax Gordon(USA), Teddy Edwards(USA) Mason Casey(USA), Madeline Bell(USA), Enrico Crivellaro (I) and the legendary Charlie McCoy (USA) to name but a few.
Highlights include a solo performance at Muriel Anderson’s “All Star Guitar Night” in Los Angeles(1999).Also in ’99 he was invited by Fender Musical Instruments to play a show at their plant in Ensenada, Mexico with his wife, singer Debby Knol.
Ray recorded cds with Jazz pianist Hod ’O’Brien (USA), New Thundering Swingmates, and Swingmatism.

Guitar Ray

Sergei Shapko (upright bass, Holland)

Bass player Sergei Shapko from Amsterdam plays bass in the real traditional style. With his self built upright bass, he knows exactly how to give the right groove to the music. Sergei is a specialist in the slapping bass style.

Together with drummer Maarten Kruijswijk, Sergei takes care of the swinging drive of the Internationale Boogie Woogie Festival Holland 2008.

Sergei Shapko

Maarten Kruijswijk (drums, Holland)

In the life of the Amsterdam based drummer Maarten Kruijswijk (1964) the groove is the central thing. After completing his education at the Dutch Conservatory in 1989, he peformed for three years in the salsa band Fruta Bomba. After that he played, and still does, with tenorsaxophone player Rinus Groeneveld and played with Big Jay McNeely.

Maarten's jazz preference is Swing & Boogie. Combining these very swinging styles with his experience with Latin rhythms results in a natural basis for playing groovy New Orleans beats.

Because of his work as a drummer at the Dutch Acedemy for Dancing, he is always inspired to play music in a way that can be well danced on. "Rhythms exist to be danced on and to have fun!"

Maarten Kruijswijk

The members of the Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band will be accompanying the pianists.

Greta Holtrop (vocals)
Rinus Groeneveld (saxophone),
Maarten Kruijswijk (drums),
Sergei Shapko (upright bass),

And with special guests:
Swing Club Boogie World (boogie woogie dancing).

Saturday evening March 8th 2008, starting at 19:30 PM:
International Boogie Woogie Festival Holland 2008.
Tickets for the festival are already for sale.

Saturday night after the festival evening:
Swinging afterparty in the bar of the hotel.

Friday evening March 7th 2008, 20:00 PM:
Swinging 'pre-show' with some of the festival artists performing in informal setting in the bar of the hotel. Only accessible for Sponsors, Contributors and hotel guests that reserved a Boogie Woogie Arrangement at the hotel.


Greta Holtrop and Rinus Groeneveld (The Netherlands)

Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band (The Netherlands),
accompany the piano players

Swing Club Boogie World (The Netherlands)