Jazz Legend John Engels turns 80, celebrates with tour

    25.02.2015

"Vogel Vrij" - Jazz Legend John Engels turns 80 years, celebrates with tour

John Engels, one of SONORs longtime endorsers, turns 80 this year and celebrates with the "Vogel Vrij" tour throughout Holland in 2015.

(Go to http://www.vogelvrijtour.nl/ for a dutch version)

Without any doubt jazz drummer John Engels (born in Groningen, 1935), son of John Engels Senior - also a respected drummer in this country - matured into one of Europe's leading and most widely wanted jazz drummers today.

John's first work of some importance was with pianist Lou Williams at the end of the 1950's. After that he joined the Diamond Five, led by Dutch pianist Cees Slinger, still an all but legendary group in Holland. With them he stayed over ten years, accompanying such greats as Stan Getz, Clifford Jordan, Phil Woods, Charlie Rouse, Nat Adderley and many others.

It is virtually impossible to name all the outstanding musicians who in the following years appealed to John Engels to play with them. A small and random selection: Ben Webster, Zoot Sims, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Stitt, Scott Hamilton, Hank Jones, Toots Thielemans and many others. In 1985, during the 10th North Sea Jazz Festival at The Hague - John Played them all! - he received one of the first "Bird" awards.

This was not really John's first award tough: no less then six of the numerous albums John Engels recorded have won an Edison, the Dutch equivalent of the American Grammy. In 1989 he received Holland's most important jazz award, the "Boy Edgar Prize".

In 1997 he received as first European the "Oiho Rios" Award at North Sea Jazz festival. John's current activities include touring Germany with the Klaus Ignazek group and beeing a member of Bart van Lier's new exciting jazz formation with four trombones, Bart's Bones.

Also, with the Cees Slinger Trio John Engels keeps playing with American musicians coming to Holland. At the Drum International Jazz Festival they played concerts with Bob Brookmeyer and Ermistine Anderson. Recently John also played with Ray Brown (1996), Tony Lakatos and Lew Tabackin.

Photo by Jeroen Hofman

Vogel Vrij Tour Dates

 

Date

Venue

City (NL)

Band

05. Apr

DJS

Dordrecht

Barnicle Bill Trio

10. Apr

Paradox

Tilburg

Barnicle Bill XL

11. Apr

Windkracht 13

Den Helder

Barnicle Bill XL

14. Apr

Musis Sacrum

Arnhem

Barnicle Bill XL

16. Apr

JazzCase Dommelhof

Neerpelt

John Engels Kwintet

17. Apr

Hothouse Redbad

Leeuwarden

John Engels Kwintet

18. Apr

DJS

Dordrecht

John Engels Kwintet

22. Apr

Oosterpoort

Groningen

Barnicle Bill XL

24. Apr

Toonzaal

Den Bosch

John Engels Kwintet

26. Apr

Jazz in Serah

Zaandam

Barnicle Bill XL

01. Mai

De Tor

Enschede

John Engels Kwintet

02. Mai

De Tor

Enschede

Barnicle Bill Trio

03. Mai

Porgy en Bess

Terneuzen

Barnicle Bill XL

10. Mai

Tivoli/Vredenburg

Utrecht

Louis van Dijk trio

13. Mai

Bimhuis

Amsterdam

diversen

14. Mai

LantarenVenster

Rotterdam

Louis van Dijk Trio

16. Mai

Hot House 

Leiden

John Engels Kwintet

23. Mai

Plus Etage

Baarle-Nassau

Barnicle Bill XL

25. Mai

Jazz in Duketown

Den Bosch

Vogel Vrij Vier

29. Mai

MeerJazz

Hoofddorp

John Engels ft. Benny Golson

12. Jun

Amersfoort Jazz Festival

Amersfoort

Vogel Vrij Vier

17. Okt

Mahogany Hall

Edam

John Engels Kwintet

24. Okt

Jazzkerk Aartswoud

Aartswoud

Barnicle Bill Trio

28. Okt

Podium Azijnfabriek 

Den Bosch

Barnicle Bill Trio

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