When Covid ‘19 started in ‘20 nobody thought it would last till ‘21. I guess we could call it Covid ‘21 now… Vaccinations are being fought over between countries, the English are pulling their Royal stripes, Europe is a mess as well as the rest of the world. The Planet is actually sick of mankind making a mess, if you’ve noticed. But hey I’m wondering off here, let’s talk MUSIC. We’ve got a way ahead of us this year and we need to fill it with lot’s of music.
The road ahead is still relatively long, yet when we fill it with nice music to stream, buy & enjoy, the world and all people ‘aboard planet Earth’ will def. be more in harmony and love together. Music embraces harmonic resonance in the body and the brain. Music produces trillons of neural sparkles and creates pure life force inside every cell of your system. As well as in the way it resonates with all the water in your body. The Elements we have around us are trying their very best to synchronise together (Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Aether) and Music does contribute to that in it’s own unique way. Music is our common universal language.
It’s difficult for so many artists not to be able to perform and make a living at the moment, not to mention all the other branches that are connected to music and vice versa. The internet can never become the stage of the future, merely a poule of content to enjoy & look back at. Let’s do extra efforts all together to raise the frequency on planet Earth. There will be a long way ahead of us filled with love and fear, but fear will never win. We all know that. Peace comes from remembering that only love is real. Google that if you like and and find out for yourself. In the mean time, make sure you listen to music (pref every day). It will keep your frequency radiant. Do your daily breathing exercises, try to move your feet step by step by step by step in the next months ahead this transition time we have entered. Music = Love & Music Unites. If I could vote somewhere… (right now I would nót vote for ànything out there), I would vote for a brand new Global Unification called “The United Continents of Music”. So make place for new generations who will pave the way towards a bright future. Peace to the planet! Be safe out there for the invisible enemy and listen to your music. That’s an order not a question :–))
Yours sincerely, JD.
Video pick by Maestro JPM - Bulls Eye if I might say so ;–) - listen to the end to finish with a smile on your face :–)
Because I miss playing with my favourite Bass Players such as Thomas Pol and Tobias Nijboer or Clemens van der Feen I felt like giving this nice snippet a place in the hall of fame on the BLOG department of my website. Enjoy the bluesy feeling of a variation on CJAM Blues by Peterson.
Since I started composing years ago, I have grown more and more into the passion and fascination of composing music for video. Sometimes in a bpm beat grid, sometimes just looking at the video and composing away on it without any rhythm, just following the flow of the video. It’s something I truly desire to do more in the future and such a joy to feel what happens with the video if one changes the tones, chord progressions or harmonic feeling of it. When you see what you hear what you feel, you are in a pretty good place I’d say…
This video was made by my friend Drs Martin Anders Tukker. His fascination of ancient Rome around 1492 is so big that he has made several trips over the last years and read at least 99 books about the Borgia family around that time, as well as the popes before and after that time. He asked me if I could take a look at this film he edited with recordings by an Iphone 6 at the time so by saying that it’s allready supernice as amateur filmer to make such a nice impression about this remarkable place. That’s why I also called the soundtrack for this video “The Gardens of Tivoli”. Enjoy.
While starting 2020, 1st of january, after having experienced a graceful 2019 in general, it seemed that 2020 was going to be a year embracing lot’s of major ‘5-annual’ events, such as Sail Amsterdam 2020 and many other public events and activities. Amsterdam had been starting to attrack more and more international tourism annually, 2020 would be a “packed” year in town on that behalf.
The fist months of lock down (14 march-1st june) I spend painting my house interior and maintained biking for 40, 65- one time even unto 82 km on my racing bike. To create a fresh (painted) temple for myself made sense, which I’m glad I did, for I enjoy that every day now.
Than there is music in my soul and life. That was definitely the next thing which started resonating from the inside. Composing music is, and will always be, a blessing and responsibility to cherish. Not just because it is enjoyable to play synths, fender rhodes or a real grand piano, it’s also nice to keep up u’r composing skills with the Audio Software Updates and new Arturia Plug-Ins soundpacks and Fab Filter tools. So much amazing new sounds and possibilities in my range of composing :–). The target: to release and stream many new mash-ups, raw sketches, harmonicly mixed DJ sets and fresh jazz and house releases.
So pretty much, March April and May were covered. I could not visit my parents in the beginning which was a strange experience. The fact that both my parents are alive, healthy, inspirative and lovingful to me also made me realise again the deeper value of that. I reached out for dialogues while visiting them and asked them lot’s of questions about their parents and even about their grand parents, looking at many family photo albums going back to the 1920’s. These conversations also fired me up again to reach out for deeper development of my musical talent. So much to discover yet for me on that side of my life.
The 1st of June I experienced such a wonderful garden lunch day @ Villa Beukenhof with friends and relations. It was called “the official terras opening” of the year day. So far, that is correct, but people did start to travel extensively again in july and august so by september numbers started to rise again resulting in new lock down, which we’re still in as we speak. The date is 29th of november 2020. We will probably have to wait till april-may-june 2021 before we can start properly again, so I am considering other options and directions in my life as well. Now is the timing to nurture the inner self and develop new skills it feels.
Still it is easier said than done alone at home. ‘Benching’ at night on Netflix or new film and documentary releases don’t really benefit the time-efficiency of this for example. That’s merely enjoyable free time no? The computer screen and television seem to become our ‘outside door’ to the world more and more.
I have been activating my soundcloud channel again which I will give more attention to soon, when I’ve finished uploading more tracks and new dj mixes. This also for video’s on youtube and social media and hopefully many new releases on the official download portals (itunes/traxsource/beatport). To be continued. The soundcloud channel can be visited on www.soundcloud.com/jazzy-d and will be filled with much more content the next months.
Till than everybody be safe, take care of your elders, loved ones and dear friends, be an example, stay focussed to reach out for positive thinking using the basic universal laws and stay healthy and happy as far as possible on a day. Some days are simply harder to push yourself than others. But this we do for our elders and for the children of the future I’d say. If we’re lucky, next generations (20-50-100 years) will achieve a more balanced economy for mother earth and it’s dominant species for this moment in time…
Sofitel Legend The Grand Hotel in Amsterdam has decided to place a “beach club” in the heart of their centre point entree which we opened yesterday with a great momentum including the rules of social distancing. It was a great atmosphere for the invited guests. Till 14th of september the Grand Beach will be open for public.
We opened the event with 45 minutes of live jazz with Jazzy on the Yamaha piano with Contrabass player Thomas Pol as wingman. These two are well known from their fridaynight jazz specials at the famous Jazz & Blues cafe Nick Vollebregt.
Juliet July performs the famous song by Pharell called Happy here, always a nice moment to elevate the energy in the audience.
The Grand Hotel Beach club will be open for three months and will def be a “talk of the town” place. In this historical building in Amsterdam lies so much history that just by being there one already feels the special vibe this location has to offer on many levels.
Juliet sings the classic house vocals of Moloko’s hit (Sing it Back) on a mash up that Jazzy Derk has made in his sound studio. This duo has stunning skills and will defenately lift up the energy of your event.
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On most saturdaynights in Amsterdam, the pianist DJ Jazzy Derk has a residency where he invites 2 artist per night during a dinner2dance movement at Kitchen & Bar van Rijn on the famous Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam. On this video you can see hear and feel the amazing energy that get’s released at certain moments when the jam get’s hot. The virtuoso talent of Jessyhaymusic (Yishay Gluck) is extraordinary, he’s been touring through Europe all year and performs with international bands at major concert halls and makes time in his schedule to jam along with Jazzy Derk on occasions. With lot’s of enjoyment by all the people who were lucky to have been there that night, man the jam was ON.
Hereby another video with some more Balearic vibes they also threw into the equasion that night. What a mesmerising evening this was! To be continued. Jazzy D ft Jessyhay.
On Saturday’s we host our weekly DJ Live concept with a dinner and a dance department at the stunning location Kitchen & Bar van Rijn located on the Rembrandtplein Amsterdam. Together with Amsterdam’s finest artists Jazzy Derk brings an atmosphere of international allure. Most visitors in Amsterdam from abroad have never seen a DJ play such funky grooves while at the same time playing the keyboard as a virtuoso. With female singers, violin players, trumpet cats, sax ladies & gents, the vibe on this night is set to last. A must have seen while in Amsterdam.
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Hereby some more taste of that vibe. After the set with violin Jazzy Derk invited female singer Juliet July. Together with Juliet July Jazzy forms an energetic ensemble. To be continued.
Another fine example of this formation is the variation of famous mash-up hits they can perform such as the Sing it Back mash up originated by Moloko. There are much more of those in the repertoire, accompanied with fine keyboard chords & solo’s. Enjoy.
As resident of the night Jazzy Derk glues the night together booking the artists, programming the night and playing a lot of funky live keyboard on the tracks he DJs together with his fine taste for harmonic mixing in tone scales.
On this video you can feel the vibe we can present with the Oscar Peterson flavoured C Jam Blues style performed by piano and contrabass. The formation can also be extended with trumpet of brush drums.
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Part II, because the vibe on this jam is so nice to hear. Enjoy.
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At the saturdaynightlive residency @ Kitchen and Bar van Rijn, Jazzy Derk get’s to play with Amsterdam’s finest live artists. From lady singers to saxophone players, trumpet players, flute players, violin players and many others. The dinner to dance movement @ the Rembrandt square in Amsterdam shows a weekly quality of the DJ Live Concept which Jazzy Derk embraces with experience and skills.
The atmosphere is almost un-Amsterdam one would feel more like being in a grand cafe restaurant in NYE. We will start this year with a live set ft Han Litz on flute and Juliet July on vocals. For table reservations call +31 20 4500555. A 30 metre long cocktail bar is also at disposal for people who want to spin by for the music and atmosphere, after dinner so to say.