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The Heineken International Boogie & Blues Festival Holland 2014 will take place Saturday March 29th 2014 (20:00 PM).

Tickets and hotel arrangements can be booked via telephone: +31 (0)341-568585 or e-mail.

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International Heineken Boogie & Blues
Festival Holland 2013 (Andrew Elias)

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The festival offers a varied program with some of the world's very best artists in the Boogie Woogie and Piano Blues 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 Roll

The band members of the Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band will accompany the artists during the festival evening. Line up of the festival band:

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 and blues 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 Heineken International Boogie & Blues Festival Holland, accompanying the invited international piano players from all around the world.

Festival band: Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band
(photo: Robert Joore)

Festival dedicated to Little Willie Littlefield

The Heineken International Boogie & Blues Festival Holland 2014 will be dedicated to Little Willie Littlefield. The legendary piano player and singer passed away on June 23rd 2013.

Little Willie Littlefield was our audience favorite and has been present at almost every edition of the festival since its first edition in 2004, either performing or as Special Guest. Without Willie, the festival will never be the same.

Littlefield was one of the last original blues and boogie woogie artists. The festival 2014 will be a tribute to Little Willie Littlefield.

The festival will be a tribute to the blues and
boogie woogie legend Little Willie Littlefield
(1950's publicity photo issued by Ben Waller's Enterprises)

Tommie Harris (zang, USA)

Tommie Harris was born in 1939 in the south of America, in Alabama, and grew up with Blues, Jazz and Gospel, and in later years he was also influenced by other music styles such as Rhythm 'n Blues and Soul. Harris has a beautiful and very soulful voice and a varied repertoire. This festival evening in Ermelo, the repertoire will be focused on Blues, Boogie Woogie and early Rhythm 'n Blues.

In 1987, Tommie Harris has been inducted in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, together with other big names like Clarence 'Pinetop' Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and Erskine Hawkins. He performed as a vocalist and as a drummer with various artists, such as Luther Allisson, Jimmy Reed, Sam & Dave Big Jay McNeely and Red Holloway.

Tommie has toured in Switzerland with Little Willie Littlefield .

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Tommie Harris (zang, USA)

Mike Sanchez (piano/zang, UK)

Mike Sanchez performed with great succes at the festival in 2011 and received standing ovations for his swinging show.

Mike is one of the pianists in whose playing you can hear the unique piano style of Little Willie Littlefield.
For Sanchez, Littlefield was a source of inspiration and between them a great musical friendship has grown.

British singer, pianist and guitarist Mike Sanchez is one of the most exciting and charismatic performers of Rhythm & Blues and Rock 'n' Roll in the world today. His indelible image as a frenetic front man, pumping powerful boogie-woogie from the piano in a soaking suit, has won him fans from all over the world and attracted a following from many famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work with him.

Mike spent four years as a full-time member of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, fronting the band alongside Georgie Fame, Beverly Skeete, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low and Eddie Floyd on their annual world tours. The Rhythm Kings released their album ‘Just for a Thrill’ and a fabulous DVD entitled ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, both featuring Mike’s extensive role as a member of the ex-Rolling Stones bassist’s touring band

In December 07 Mike was invited to appear as a guest vocalist with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings at one of the most publicised musical events of the year - the final Led Zeppelin reunion at London's O2 Arena, a tribute to the memory of the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records. Mike performed alongside such soul legends as Ben E King, Percy Sledge and Sam Moore.

The well-established magazine Blues in Britain voted Mike 'UK Keyboard Player of the Year' for four consecutive years (2000-2004). Mike's main aim has always been to make every live show his best yet as he continuously enjoys growing acclaim and admiration for his electrifying stage performances from new and old fans of all age groups across the world.

Mike Sanchez (piano/vocals, UK)

Sarah Wynne (vocals, UK)

The wonderful singer Sarah Wynne, from the UK, will be performing with Mike Sanchez.

the years 1951 to 1953, Little Willie Littlefield recorded in the USA with singers Little Esther Phillips, Little Lora Wiggins and Lil Greenwood.

During the festival, Sarah Wynne and Mike Sanchez will perform great songs that remember to this special period of Littlefield's career of more than 65 years.

Sarah Wynne (zang, UK)

Martin Pyrker (piano, Austria) and Sabine Pyrker (drums, Austria)

Martin Pyrker was born in 1954 in Vienna and discovered his love for the piano and for the blues in 1971, when he was 17 years young and already playing the drums for 4 years.

A blues program on the radio, an acquaintance with the pianists Vince Weber, Hans-Georg Möller and Axel Zwingenberger from Hamburg, who caused at that time the boogie woogie fever in Germany, and the meeting with the Viennese “blues guru” Hans Maitner, protagonist of the legendary radio program “Living Blues” fascinated Martin Pyrker of a kind of music that has meanwhile become 100 years old: the classical piano-blues and boogie-woogie.

Pyrker’s legendary concerts in the 1970s with Zwingenberger, Weber and Möller and, originated from this, the first piano-boogie woogie record in Austria (“Boogie Woogie Session 76” / EMI) were the beginning of a growing enthusiasm for this kind of music in Austria and Germany and influenced further generations of young pianists.

Solo and together with many other well-known artists at home and abroad, Martin gave a lot of concerts in jazz clubs, blues bars and at blues and boogie festivals, where he also shared the piano with long gone legends of the blues: Blind John Davis, Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slims, Champion Jack Dupree, just to mention a few of them.

Since the legendary boogie woogie festival of Cologne (WDR 1974) and Vienna (concert hall 1976) the renaissance of boogie woogie could not be stopped anymore, unnumerous tours through Europe and USA followed (as "Stars of Boogie Woogie" and others).

More than 2000 performances and concerts at home and abroad have left their mark on Pyrkers career since then. Also a lot of records were produced, out from a repertoire of more than 100 own compositions and the most important blues and boogie woogie standards, solo and together with international stars of the blues, recorded in Vienna, Wels, Paris and Fort Worth.
Martin Pyrker today is the most known authentic blues and boogie pianist in Austria and his CDs are well known in USA, the origin country of this kind of music.

Martin Pyrker (piano, A)

Martin and Sabine Pyrker (piano, A)

Chase Garrett (piano/zang, USA)

Chase Garrett, voted 'Best Local Act' by The Daily Iowan in 2011, began playing piano at age nine and by seventeen was performing professionally across the U.S.

In his travels he has shared the stage with some of today's most influential blues, boogie woogie and jazz pianists including Axel Zwingenberger, Michael Kaeshammer and James Goodwin.

Having been heavily influenced by artists like Oscar Peterson, Otis Spann and Meade "Lux" Lewis, his style has grown into a diverse mix of boogie woogie, blues and swing.

Chase has dedicated himself to music and is as much of a performer as he is a producer and preservationist and in that respect has recently moved to New York to pursue his goals.

Chase Garrett (piano/zang, USA)

Harlem Hoppers (Swinging Dance Show Team, Paris, France)

The Harlem Hoppers is the swinging Dance Show Team of Jelly Germain.

Jelly Germain is specialist in traditional authentic American tap and jazz dance styles.

Jelly started his career in France at the National Conservatory of Arts and Mime Followed by studying at the school of Cirque Carre Slivia Montfort. He performed initially at the Trois Maillets Cabaret and at the Nouvelle Eve and by 1991 developed his great choreographic skills with the Holland Show ballet for the first Dutch T.V Channel “veronica”.

By 1993 he was working on projects in advertising videos, such as Coca Cola with the band Pandoras, and developing his directing skills through the Dutch dance company Rhythm Ace. He also began his teaching career with the Dance Academy of Amsterdam and by 1994 was appointed as choreographer of the Lido in Amsterdam. He worked successfully with Bruno Barry (Choreographer for the Netherlands National Ballet) and also produced the musical Mr. Bojangles of Harlem.

His solo career moved forward dramatically with starring roles in such shows as the international tour of “Riverdance”, “Black and Blue” in Broadway 1996 and variety shows back in Europe at the Sporting Club de Monaco and the Casino Rhul in Nice. Such shows gained Jelly his international reputation for solo performance, directing and choreographing great innovations for the dance world.

Not only has he developed his performance techniques, he has shown imaginative skill in leading the Spanish “Show Time” company of performers who are great exponents of a wide range of dance styles. He devised the musical “Harlem Swing” to showcase the young talents of the future and Jelly is the choreographer and leader of this dance troupe. He uses an exciting mix of styles – versatile and complex, challenging and exciting for performers and audience alike – great creativity rooted within the Boogie Woogie dance traditions.

Jelly Germain (Parijs)

Harlem Hoppers (Parijs)

Martijn 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 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.

October 19th 2013, Martijn received the German Pinetop Boogie Woogie Award Pianist des Jahres (Pianist of the Year).

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 Heineken International Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival Holland, together with vocalist Greta Holtrop and Dick and Diana Doorn.

Greta 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 Washington.

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 2014, performances are scheduled during various jazz and blues festivals..

Rinus 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 is the recording engineer of CDs of the band, and runs his own analogue recording studio Greenfields Forever in Amsterdam.


Maarten Kruijswijk (drums)

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!".

Hans Ruigrok (contrabas en basgitaar)

After 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 others.

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.

Stephan Jankowski (gitaar, NL)

Stephan 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.

Hij 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.

Daarnaast is Stephan actief als producer en runt hij zijn eigen NOPO opnamestudio te Amsterdam.

Eduardo Blanco (trompet)

The 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).

Blanco 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.

His 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.

After 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 own quintet.

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.

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