New Website, CD and Organ Quartet for Jazz Harmonica Virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens


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February 11, 2005

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New Website, CD and Organ Quartet for Jazz Harmonica Virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens

Considered to be the most important Jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans, Hendrik Meurkens has relaunched his website (http://www.hendrikmeurkens.com), produced a new CD, AMAZON RIVER, and debuts his new Organ Group this Friday and Saturday, February 11th and 12th at Cecil’s Jazz Club and Restaurant, 364 Valley Road, West Orange, New Jersey. (Sets at 9pm, 11pm and 1am with a $10 cover.)

Meurkens, who has recently been touring with Jimmy Cobb, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe and his own Jobim Project, first received US recognition with a series of recordings for Concord Jazz. His new website features video performances and interviews as well as detailed information and soundclips for his fifteen CDs.

This spring, Blue Toucan Music will release Meurkens' AMAZON RIVER, a mesmerizing journey through Brazilian Music featuring special guests Dori Caymmi, Oscar Castro-Neves and Paquito D’Rivera. The album covers a variety of Brazilian styles from Chorinho to Bossa Nova to Sambajazz and reaffirms Meurkens’ importance as a harmonica player as well as providing an extraordinary showcase for his composing talents.

Always both active in Brazilian music as well as straight ahead Jazz, Hendrik Meurkens premieres his new Organ Group this coming weekend at Cecil’s, which is quickly becoming one of New Jersey’s most popular Jazz clubs. In addition to Meurkens on harmonica and vibes, the Quartet includes Mike Ledonne on organ, Peter Bernstein on guitar and Willie Jones on drums.

This unique instrumentation, an Organ Trio with a featured harmonica virtuoso, is the first time the combination has been used in Jazz.

For Cecil's Jazz Club & Restaurant reservations and information, please call (973) 736-4800 or visit www.cecilsjazzclub.com

“Hendrik Meurkens, who is quite an accomplished vibraphonist, plays his main instrument, the chromatic harmonica, and shows the supple melodious grace and underlying improvisational moxie that makes him one of the precious few musicians to extend the Toots Thielemans tradition of chromatic harp – virtuosity in check with taste." – Jazz Times

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