The festival offers a varied program with some of the world's very best
artists in the Boogie Woogie genre.
Musical styles range from authentic Boogie Woogie to early Barrelhouse
and Blues Piano and from Rhythm 'n Blues and Jazz to Gospel and Rock 'n
band: Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band
The band members of the Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band will accompany
the artists during the festival evening.
Martijn Schok (piano)
Rinus Groeneveld (tenor saxophone)
Greta Holtrop (vocals)
Stephan Jankowski (guitar)
Eduardo Blanco (trumpet)
Maarten Kruijswijk (drums)
Hans Ruigrok (bass)
The Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band is the swinging band of Dutch
boogie woogie pianist Martijn Schok. The band toured in Denmark, Germany,
Belgium, Italy, France, Spain and the USA. Martijn and his band also performed
during the famous Jazzfestival in New Orleans, USA, and the North Sea
Jazz Festival in Holland.
The band is the 'home band' of the International Heineken Boogie &
Blues Festival Holland, accompanying the invited international piano players
from around the world.
Festival band: Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band
Washington (piano/vocals, USA)
Don started playing the piano at the age of five. It was a rule in his father's
house that every child learns how to play an instrument and sing. Being
the youngest of five children, Don was determined to stand out from the
pack, and that he did!
addition to mastering the piano, he learned to play the organ, drums, saxophone,
tuba, bass, guitar, and harmonica. Don's father, the late William M. Washington,
groomed his children to be his personal praise and worship team at the Royal
Church of God in Christ, in Kent, N.Y. It was during this time that Don
learned the vocal and instrumental styles and techniques that would later
make him a blues man.
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Like many young, black kids, he thought that this music was old, outdated,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.
presently teaches 7-12 vocal and instrumental music at Colton-Pierrepont
Central School and lives with his wife Dawn in Ogdensburg N.Y.
Schmitt (piano/vocals, Germany)
Martin Schmitt was born in Muenchen, Germany.
When he was twelve years old, he heard a boogie woogie record of his father's
collection. From that moment onwards, Martin knew what he'd like to do...
He focussed on playing boogie woogie piano. And with great succes...!
a few years, Martin had his first performances and nowadays he travels
all around the world for more than fifteen years with his swinging piano
is a brilliant piano player with a unique and powerful piano style. He
treats you with a great musical show. Martin has a beautiful deep voice
and a great repertoiry that varies from Boogie to Blues and from Harlem
Stride to Rhythm & Blues.
are excited to announce to you: the one and only: Martin Schmitt...!
Eulry (piano, France)
Fabrice Eurly from France introduces himself to you:
Numerous and various are the influences I have been under. Ever since
my early youth, I have been listening to Ray Charles’ blues and
Elvis Presley’s Rock’ n Roll, as well as to baroque, classical
or romantic music, be it Russian, German or French, without forgetting
of course the music of New Orleans.
I was also brought up with the sounds of oriental monodic music in Tunisia,
accordion music and French songs. In short, I am interested in all I hear
and all acoustic, instrumental and rhythmic music stir my soul.
Around 1977, as I teenager, I discovered the large variety of American
big-band swing, of Ragtime ( especially Scott Joplin) but also James Scott,
Tom Turpin, Joseph Lamb, Zez Confrey or Bill Mayerl. Each of these works
creates a world of its own for each piano soloist. From then on, Boogie-Woogie
started to become an obsession and this has never changed since.
When I initiated my career as a pianist at the age of 18 in the early
1980’s, I needed new horizons, while simultaneously being stimulated
by the diversity of sounds and influences.
Today, I do not prefer any one pianist over another, although the influence
of about 10 among them can be detected in my playing : George Gershwin,
Erroll Garner Earl Hines, Pete Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Wilhelm Kempf,
Teddy Wilson, Ramsey Lewis, Ray Charles, Yves Nat.
Music’s effect goes far beyond influences, and I find it equally
pleasurable to listen to Alfred Cortot or to Michel Camilho, even though
my playing is very different from either of theirs.
But music does not end with the piano either! Listening
to non pianistic music takes up the main part of the time I spend listening.
Here are some works I often listen to these days : Berlioz’s «
Symphonie fantastique », Beethoven, Mahler and Tchaikovsky symphonies,
Verdi and Bizet operas and songs by Fairouz, Chuck Berry, Au Bonheur des
Dames and Guillaume Dufay.
All these works belong to a world I love entirely, the world of music.
Muschalle (piano, Germany)
Frank Muschalle, Germany, has been on tour in Europe for more than fifteen
years. He has become one of the most popular boogie woogie pianists. Frank
was born in 1969. After 11 years studying classical piano he discovered
the joys of boogie woogie at the age of 19. Since then he has devoted
himself entirely to this music. The boogie woogie trio Ammons, Johnson
and Lewis as well as pianists like Axel Zwingenberger, Little Brother
Montgomery or Cow Cow Davenport have deeply influenced his development.
Within a short period of time Frank has acquired a fine reputation not
only among insiders. Appearances on TV and radio have contributed to Frank´s
remarkable success. As early as October 1995 his debut-CD,"Great
Boogie Woogie News", was published by the Vienna label Document Records.
Afterwards Frank gave performances in jazz clubs and festivals, on a tour
of Austria with the Mojo Bluesband and Red Holloway, at concerts in the
Jazzland and the Starclub (Vienna), and at concerts with Axel Zwingenberger,
Vince Weber and Martin Pyrker. Quite soon Frank Muschalle outgrew his
role as a local talent; invitations to concerts such as the "Stars
of Boogie Woogie" - Festival in the Vienna Concert Hall speak for
themselves. In March 1997 the second CD, "Battin´ The Boogie",
came out, also published by Document Records. The production caused a
sensation among international experts.
In September 1998 Frank was invited on a two - week tour of South Carolina
(USA) with the Mojo Bluesband. In the course of this tour, recordings
with Jimmy McCracklin and Nappy Brown were made for Ripete Records (USA).
In 2002 the "40 - Years American - Folk - Blues - Festival Jubilee"
took place in Germany and Frank played on this Tour with Blues-Stars Hubert
Sumlin, Carey Bell, Bob Stroger and Lousiana Red. Two Month later, Frank
was invited to the "Jumpin´at the Flagships" - Tour through
all parts of Switzerland. He played there with Red Holloway, Jimmy Coe,
Carrie Smith and Rusty Zinn. The Swiss TV recorded a one hour TV - Show
of this performance.
At this point of time, Frank has recorded 7 different cds and his musical
style is well-known for its superb technical fireworks and subtle nuances.
Time and again he creates an expectant atmosphere in his audience which
is constantly heightened by the skilful changes of musical mood. For all
that, Frank Muschalle´s convincing and unaffected performances make
dramatic stage effects superfluous - the music speaks for itself.
Conz (piano, Switzerland)
Chris Conz wurde am 22. Oktober 1985 in Uster Zürich geboren. Seit
seinem 11. Lebensjahr hat er sich dem speziellen Jazzstil Boogie Woogie
gewidmet, den er durch Hamp Ruosch entdeckt hatte. Chris konnte dann bei
Hamp Unterricht nehmen und erlernte da die ersten Läufe und Griffe.
Dabei wurde er von Künstlern wie Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Mead
Lux Lewis, Axel Zwingenberger oder Vince Weber beeinflusst.
16 Jahren lernte er Silvan Zingg, Organisator des Internationalen Boogie
Woogie Festivals Lugano, an einem Konzert kennen. Daraufhin konnte er
als Überraschungsgast an dessen Festival teilnehmen. Danach wurde
er an internationale Festivals in verschiedenen Ländern eingeladen.
Er stand schon mit Boogie Woogie Grössen wie Axel Zwingenberger,
Vince Weber, Frank Muschalle und Bob Seeley auf der Bühne. Heute
ist Chris nicht nur als Solopianist, sondern auch mit seinem Duo und Trio
unterwegs.Chris durfte schon an privaten und öffentlichen Konzerten
in den USA, Spanien, Frankreich, Deutschland, England, Österreich,
Italien und der Schweiz spielen.
Im Februar 2008 wurde Chris in den USA engagiert und durfte als Überraschungsgast
in drei verschiedenen Casinos von Las Vegas auftreten. Im
November 2004 verliess Dave Ruosch die Gruppe Terry & The Hot Sox
und an seine Stelle trat der 19 Jahre alte Pianist Chris. Terry &
The Hot Sox sind weiterhin die populärsten und erfolgreichsten Jive-,
Swing- und R&R-Musiker unseres Landes und garantieren für erstklassige
Musik und absolute Party-Stimmung! Ihre Bühnenshow ist einmalig,
die Musik perfekt und ihre Energie ansteckend!
Im Juni 2009 begleitete Chris zusammen mit Terry & The Hot Sox die
amerikanische Sängerin Wanda Jackson, die durch ihren Hit „Let’s
Have A Party“ in den 60ern weltbekannt wurde.
Schok (piano, NL)
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
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 founder and Chairman of the Stichting Boogie Promotions Holland,
dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Boogie Woogie and Piano Blues
in Holland. He is organizer of the annual International Boogie Woogie Festival
Holland, together with vocalist Greta Holtrop and Dick and Diana Doorn.
Holtrop (zang, NL)
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
Together with Martijn Schok, Greta performed during Boogie Woogie and Blues
Festivals in the USA, Switzerland, France, Belgium and England.
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 2013, performances are scheduled
during various jazz and blues festivals..
Groeneveld (tenorsaxofoon, NL)
The Amsterdam based Rinus Groeneveld is 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 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 "Let The Four Winds
Blow ", in his own recording studios in Amsterdam.
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!".
Also, Maarten mastered the CD "Let The Four Winds Blow" by the
Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band created the graphic design.
Ruigrok (contrabas en basgitaar)
finishing his study at the Conservatory Music School in 1986, Hans Ruigrok
(1955) toured for seven years in Europe with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
of Wil Salden.
He played with, amongst many others, with PB and the Nighttrain, Max Teawhistle,
Big Jay McNeely, Georgie Fame, Johnny Meijer, Bolle Jan Froger and many
Is musical preferences are Jazz, Boogie Woogie, Blues and Soul. And enjoys
the real Amsterdam Harmonica Music very much too.
Also, he runs and owns the Amsterdam based Jazz Café 't Geveltje.
Jankowski (gitaar, NL)
studeerde gitaar aan het GIT in Los Angeles, kwam daarna naar Hilversum
waar hij het conservatorium volgde. Hij was gedurende 10 jaar elektrisch
gitarist in Upside Down, de begeleidingsband van saxofoniste Rosa King
waarmee hij de halve wereld rondtoerde.
werkte verder met: Georgie Fame, Hans Dulfer, Hans Zilver, Fronk, Arthur
Umbgrove, Rick de Vito, P.B. & The Nighttrain, Sofie & Sofour,
Skymasters, Hot Bolshevik, Double Brown, Sister Sledge, Jack Clement,
the Watchman, All The King’s Roses, Aggieland en vele anderen.
is Stephan actief als producer en runt hij zijn eigen NOPO opnamestudio
sound of a lone trumpet rises above the accompanying old school jazz groove
of upright piano, double bass and drums. Well-chosen notes, played with
impeccable timing by a sharp dressed young musician. Those are the mesmerizing
sounds of trumpet player Eduardo Blanco (1976).
received his musical education all over the world, and each experience
throughout the years is reflected in his own style – an intricate,
atmospheric, deeply personal interpretation of vintage old jazz. His journeys
around the world provided him with ever-changing careers that clearly
show his great versatility – from playing gigs every night in the
lively music scene in Barcelona, Spain, to studying jazz for two years
at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, or jamming with
jazz greats at vibrant clubs deep in the heart of Amsterdam.
versatility is further demonstrated by his sessions with salsa legend
Pete ‘El Conde’ Rodriguez and big band DVD recordings in Barcelona’s
premier concert hall Palau de la Musica. But his focus remains, as it
always has, on his true love: performing early bebop with the best jazz
musicians available – as a tribute to his musical heroes and because
of a heartfelt passion for the genre.
teaching at Barcelona’s famous Taller de Musics music school for
six years he returned to Holland permanently. Since then he has quickly
become an in-demand session player and a respected bandleader with his
widely recognized talent and commitment to bringing classic jazz to new
audiences worldwide brought him into contact with two jazz legends: drummer
John Engels and bassist Jean Louis Rassinfosse, both of whom worked extensively
with the late great Chet Baker. Engels and Rassinfosse recognized in Blanco
a shared passion for pure jazz and were thrilled when Blanco brought them
together to share the stage again after so many years.