"What a beautiful voice you have!" - Rita Reys
"This guy swings!" - Peter Beets
"A swinging crooner as you hardly hear them
any more" - Bert Jansma (music journalist)
SWINGIN' WITH THE HAGUE'S ALL STAR BIGBAND
Samen voor de Zorg Gala at the Amare, The Hague
NEW ALBUM COMING UP!
The recordings of the new CD have been finalized at Wedgeview Studios. The band consists of Robert Koemans on piano, Vincent Koning on guitar, Cas Jiskoot on bass and the legendary Eric Ineke on drums. The songs on the album were beautifully arranged by Koning and Koemans. The CD also features the great Ruud Breuls as a special guest on trumpet. More news coming up soon. Stay tuned!
10 April 2022 | Eric Ineke 75 | Bimhuis, Amsterdam
21 May 2022 | JD & Kars Veling Trio | Private concert
15 June 2022 | JD, Cris Monen & Jules Monen | Bunk Hotel, Utrecht
21 June 2022 | Samen voor de Zorg Gala | Amare, The Hague
15 July 2022 | JD, Emiliano Roca, Jules Monen | Zwolle
2 October 2022 | JD & Harbour Jazz Band | Haagse Jazzclub, The Hague
9 October 2022 | JD Quartet ft. Francesca Tandoi | Kafka, The Hague
20 December 2022 | JD Quartet - Christmas special | Café September, The Hague
13 January 2023 | JD, Vincent Koning, Eric Ineke a.o. | Murphy's Law, The Hague
"What a beautiful voice you have”, Rita Reys responded after hearing Jurjen Donkers sing. She and other legendary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, such as Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra, would set the standard for his own singing. It is characterized by both a heartfelt interpretation of the lyrics as well as a great sense of timing. Or as pianist Peter Beets said recently: “This guy swings!”. The late bass player and record producer Ruud Jacobs commented: "He is a real talent."
Jurjen Donkers got into the world of jazz music at the age of 14 when he met Europe's First Lady of Jazz Rita Reys, who's personal assistent he was from 2004 till her passing in 2013. Through her he was introduced into the Dutch jazz scene. In recent years he shared the stage with well known artists and musicians such as Ruud Jacobs, Eric Ineke, Marjorie Barnes, Peter Beets, and Lex Jasper. He regularly performs with Robert Koemans, Vincent Koning, Cas Jiskoot and Francesca Tandoi, and recently sang as a guest soloist with the West Coast Big Band and the Harbour Jazz Band.
Besides his own projects Donkers has through the years been involved in organizing several events, such as Greetje Kauffeld's 60 Years On Stage tour, Eric Ineke's 70th birthday concert, a tribute concert for Rita Reys at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2016, and the celebration of Ack van Rooyen's 90th birthday in 2020. In 2018 he was one of the producers of Rita Reys Collected, a 3CD released worldwide by Universal Music.
In concert with Lex Jasper Greetje Kauffeld, Miranda van Kralingen, Marjorie Barnes, Edwin Rutten a.o. accompanied by the Noordpool Orchestra.
Jurjen Donkers. Photo by Carl Mierop
Rita Reys and Jurjen Donkers
Jurjen Donkers and Robert Koemans Trio ft. Simon Rigter
Robert Koemans, Eric Ineke, Cas Jiskoot, Jurjen Donkers and Simon Rigter
Harbour Jazzband ft. Jurjen Donkers, Oude Kerk Heemstede - 25 February 2017.
Gouden Karper, Hummelo, January 2018: Vincent Koning, Robert Koemans, Cas Jiskoot & Jurjen Donkers
Ruud Jacobs and Jurjen Donkers
Savanna Sessions, The Hague 2017
Marjorie Barnes, Jurjen Donkers, Peter Beets, Marius Beets & Hans Braber - Cheek to Cheek (Irving Berlin).
Jurjen Donkers, Ruud Jacobs, Rob van Bavel & Martijn van Iterson
Bimhuis 2017 - Peter Beets Trio ft. Jurjen Donkers
All Stars Night 2016
Jurjen Donkers and Rob Agerbeek Trio
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