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Hendrik Meurkens

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Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New York, Meurkens' recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal. A two-mallet player in the tradition of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, Hendrik Meurkens was en-route to being an instantly recognizable vibraphonist when he heard Toots Thielemans. Inspired by the sound of Thielemans' harmonica, he taught himself the difficult-to-master instrument. Hendrik Meurkens' other life-changing musical experience was his introduction to samba and bossa nova

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Manhattan Samba

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Clear of Clouds; Manhattan Samba; One for Manfredo; Dona Palmeira; The Fropple; Bonita; Frenzelosa (Choro No. 2); Aquelas Coisas Todas.

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Hendrik Meurkens: Manhattan Samba

Read "Manhattan Samba" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Composer, virtuoso on both the vibraphone and harmonica, German-born New York-based Hendrik Meurkens presents yet another colorful and tantalizing taste of Brazilian music on the exquisite Manhattan Samba. A proponent of the samba and bossa nova styles of music after a full immersion while living in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1980s, Meurkens continues documenting ...

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A Pride of Jazz Leos - Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby & More

Read "A Pride of Jazz Leos - Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Lots of Jazz Leos to celebrate on today's broadcast. Included are new releases from Beth Duncan, Regina Carter, Ken Steele plus a special pandemic single from Lauren Lee, with birthday shoutouts to Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong, KJ Denhert, Hendrik Meurkens, Kat Gang, Dorothy Ashby, Kat Edmonson, Roberta Piket, Terri Lyne Carrington and more. Thanks for listening ...

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You Reap Just What You Sow - New Releases to Benefit the Jazz Foundation

Read "You Reap Just What You Sow - New Releases to Benefit the Jazz Foundation" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we feature music that is trying to raise funds to support the Jazz Foundation, by Catherine Russell and the Fred Hersch—Esperanza Spalding duo. We also focus on new releases from Sue Maskaleris, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Alexa Tarantino, W. Allen Taylor, Swingadelic, John Finbury and Magos Herrera, with birthday shoutouts to trumpeter Valaida Snow, guitarist Memphis ...

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Cobb's Pocket

Label: In And Out Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Driftin’; Cobb’s Pocket; Frame for the Blues; Slidin’; Slow Hot Wind; Unit Seven; Polka Dots And Moonbeams; A Slow One.

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Joshua Redman, Marc Copland and more

Read "Joshua Redman, Marc Copland and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we open the show with a very seasoned jazz saxophonist that recently moved to Kansas City, Adam Larson. From there we move to the UK scena and dig into new sounds from the Black Lab Beats and put a focus on great new jazz being released from the likes of Hendrik Meurkens, Peter Hand ...

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Hendrik Meurkens: Cobb's Pocket

Read "Cobb's Pocket" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


It may be posited that what Louis Armstrong was to the trumpet, Toots Thielemans was to the mouthorgan. With Thielemans now blowing in the Upper Room, the field is open to aspiring and worthy replacements. Hendrik Meurkens fits that bill appropriately and is a leading contender, for sure. Like his aforementioned hero, Meurkens is not only ...

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Hendrik Meurkens: Cobb's Pocket

Read "Cobb's Pocket" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Is there anything more satisfying than the simmer-and-swing sonics of an organ combo on the move? How about one fronted by one of jazz's premiere harmonic players and backed by one of the most distinguished drummers in the music's history? Following up their successful meeting on Harmonicus Rex (Self-Produced, 2016), Hendrik Meurkens and nonagenarian icon Jimmy ...

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Cabin In The Sky

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Cabin In The Sky; Afternoon; Miyako; Young And Fine; You Don't Know; Invitation; Time To Say Goodbye; Ode To Billie Joe; Prague In March; Speak Low; Wave.


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