Candy Dulfer: Prodigy Turned Pro

Mikayla Gilbreath By

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I'm glad the smooth audience embraced me because I get so many gigs. But every time we play a smooth jazz festival I have to laugh, because we play maybe three smooth songs and seven funky heavy songs. The funny thing is, they seem to like it! I guess the labels aren't all that important, but it's funny how it works. I think you shouldn't label music at all."

Perhaps Candy Dulfer and European jazz fans have the right idea in keeping labels less specific. Placing musicians and their music into the equivalent of a mutually-exclusive caste system not only discourages fans from expanding their musical tastes, but also seems to breed elitism. And it may actually stifle the creativity of artists as well. It seems almost illogical to slice the jazz market into so many distinct categories and potentially create smaller audiences for artists' recordings and live performances.

Candy Dulfer's latest album Candy Store (Heads Up International, 2007) has done very well, reaching #2 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz charts. The album features a sprinkling of techno-style special effects, but it's funk and R&B roots are clear. A subsequent album is already in the works with an anticipated release in Spring 2009. And to the delight of audiences, Dulfer continues to tour extensively, delivering numerous live performances primarily in the USA, Europe, Canada, and Japan. But despite her hectic schedule, she always has time for each of the fans in the long lines that form after her performances. Dulfer routinely stays until the last fan gets an autograph or photo. And on those occasions when she meets a young musician in the crowd, Candy Dulfer makes an extra effort to encourage and inspire them, perhaps in remembrance of her own extraordinary childhood.

Selected Discography:

Candy Dulfer, Candy Store (Heads Up, 2007)

Prince, 3121 (Universal, 2006)

Candy Dulfer, Live at Montreux, 2002 (Eagle Records, 2005)

Maceo Parker, School's In (BHM Productions, 2005)

Prince, Musicology (NPG, 2004)

Jools Holland, Jack O' The Green (Warner, 2003)

Prince, Xpectation (NPG Music Club, 2003)

Candy Dulfer, Right In My Soul (Eagle Records, 2003)

Maceo Parker, Made By Maceo (What Are Records, 2003)

Candy Dulfer, Dulfer Dulfer (Eagle Records, 2002)

Prince, One Nite Alone... Live! (NPG. 2002)

Candy Dulfer, Live in Amsterdam (BMG, 2001)

Candy Dulfer, Girl's Night Out (BMG, 1999)

Candy Dulfer, What Does It Take (N-Coded, 1999)

David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer, Cookie's Fortune (BMG Soundtracks, 1999)

Blondie, No Exit (Beyond Music, 1998)

Van Morrison, Precious Time (single) (Virgin Records, 1998)

Candy Dulfer, For The Love of You (BMG, 1997)

Hans Dulfer, Dig! (EMI, 1996)

Candy Dulfer, Big Girl (BMG, 1995)

Hans Dulfer, Big Boy (EMI, 1994)

Van Morrison, A Night In San Francisco (Polydor, 1993)

Van Morrison, Too Long In Exile (Polydor, 1993)

Candy Dulfer, Sax-A-Go-Go (BMG, 1993)

Maceo Parker, Life on Planet Groove (Polygram, 1992)

Van Morrison, Hymns To The Silence (Polydor, 1991)

Aretha Franklin, What You See Is What You Sweat (Arista, 1991)

Candy Dulfer, Saxuality (BMG, 1990)

Pink Floyd, Knebworth - The Event (video) (Castle Music Pictures, 1990)

David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer, Lily Was Here (Anxious, 1989)

Prince, Partyman (single) (Warner Bros., 1989)

Prince, Graffiti Bridge (Warner Bros., 1989)

Rosa King & Upside Down, Too Busy (Pop Eye, 1984)

Dulfer & Perikels, I Didn't Ask (Vara Jazz, 1981)

Photo Credits

Top photo:

Middle photo: Courtesy of Hans and Inge Dulfer

Bottom photo: Courtesy of Hans and Inge Dulfer
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