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"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! 

Jurjen Donkers CD

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

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Jurjen Donkers
 

"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. 

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Oosterpoort, 2019
Oosterpoort, 2019

In concert with Lex Jasper Greetje Kauffeld, Miranda van Kralingen, Marjorie Barnes, Edwin Rutten a.o. accompanied by the Noordpool Orchestra.

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Jurjen Donkers. Photo by Carl Mierop

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Oosterpoort 2019 - with Noordpool Orchestra
Oosterpoort 2019 - with Noordpool Orchestra
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World Forum 2019
World Forum 2019
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Rita Reys & Jurjen Donkers
Rita Reys & Jurjen Donkers

Rita Reys and Jurjen Donkers

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Groenland Studios, 2018
Groenland Studios, 2018
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Jurjen Donkers and Robert Koemans Trio ft. Simon Rigter

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Robert Koemans, Eric Ineke, Cas Jiskoot, Jurjen Donkers and Simon Rigter

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Heemstede, February 2018
Heemstede, February 2018

Harbour Jazzband ft. Jurjen Donkers, Oude Kerk Heemstede - 25 February 2017.

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Jurjen Donkers Quartet 2018
Jurjen Donkers Quartet 2018

Gouden Karper, Hummelo, January 2018: Vincent Koning, Robert Koemans, Cas Jiskoot & Jurjen Donkers

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Ruud Jacobs and Jurjen Donkers

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Savanna Sessions
Savanna Sessions

Savanna Sessions, The Hague 2017

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Jurjen Donkers & Marjorie Barnes
Jurjen Donkers & Marjorie Barnes

Marjorie Barnes, Jurjen Donkers, Peter Beets, Marius Beets & Hans Braber - Cheek to Cheek (Irving Berlin).

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Jurjen Donkers & Rob van Bavel Trio
Jurjen Donkers & Rob van Bavel Trio

Jurjen Donkers, Ruud Jacobs, Rob van Bavel & Martijn van Iterson

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Bimhuis 2017
Bimhuis 2017

Bimhuis 2017 - Peter Beets Trio ft. Jurjen Donkers

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All Stars Night 2016
All Stars Night 2016

All Stars Night 2016

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The Hague, 2016
The Hague, 2016

Jurjen Donkers and Rob Agerbeek Trio

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E-mail: jurjendonkers@gmail.com

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The Hague, The Netherlands

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