Having listened at a young age to many hours of Oscar Peterson , Monty Alexander, Errol Garner, playing blues and jazz tracks on lot’s of beautiful vinyl tracks, Jazzy Derk has auto-didactly recorded many of these maestro’s style in his hearing.
Including 8 years of private lessons by Dutch piano jazz legend Rob Agerbeek, has given lot’s of leverage to his style of playing.
It is not so much about great technical jazz skills, but more in the timing and feel of playing the piano which makes Jazzy Derk a very pleasant pianist to work with.
In this video the Oscar Peterson blues-feel is to be noticed so please enjoy. When you book Jazzy Derk as a pianist with his Jazz duo you can be sure you will get a vibes like this during your event. Enjoy the music.
On this video the specific skill set of “the pianist dj” can be heared, seen and felt.
With tailor-made mashup beats the space to play funky keyboard solo’s and pave the way for live artists is being created.
The idea for this was born in 1996/1997 when Jazzy Derk started working together with DJ Mr Melle and Hans Dulfer. They surely were one of the first innitiators in the Netherlands to start combining jazz musicians alongside DJs.
Jazzy Derk started playing with Candy Dulfer 10 years ago. Their first performance was a corporate event for Cartier. After this performance the energy between Jazzy Derk and Candy Dulfer was set.
They played on many events and have created great moments together.
Playing with Candy is an experience, her presence on stage, alongside her energy when she gives it the full green light, is a true blessing and have been one of the most enjoyable moments ever in our history of great events.
In this video Candy Dulfer embraces the raw talent of Maarten Hogenhuis which is considered one of the best saxophone players in the Dutch Jazz scene from his generation for sure.
When Rene van Beeck sets an old grand piano outside his shop, unexpected jams start happening in the middle of the day with much appreciation of the audience enjoying a drink on one of the many terraces around this area.
When you look at the joy coming from the eyes from Jazzy Derk while playing a short snippet here one can imagine how much love for this style is embedded into his bluesy style of piano playing.
With Dutch producer Alankara, Jazzy Derk has often released great soulful house tracks on Prana Records and at the moment quite some productions are bound to be released in the near future again! Keep you all informed on that one.
This video is an overview of the extravagant line ups we can create for our event organisers and their clients. With beats produced in the studio and live mashups on stage with the DJ gear, Alankara and Jazzy Derk know how to create the perfect vibe for live musicians to set their mark on.
Special moments in life surely are when you are a pianist who happens to be on a yacht in the middle of the Mediterranean sea playing a grand piano while cruising the waters along side some of your best friends in life.
This moment was special in every form and way of experiencing playing the grand piano and needs no more explanation. Enjoy this moment out of normal daily life.