ABOUT | PROJECTS
“Henk Kraaijeveld is a stand out vocalist and musician in his own right. Great voice, gifted musician, intelligent…”
– Kim Nazarian (Co-founder New York Voices)
“…(Kraaijeveld) has developed himself into a very interesting musical personality, (…) embarks on many musical journeys, Cutting edge musical interplay, spot on…”
Award winning jazz vocalist and songwriter Henk Kraaijeveld (NL) disarms his audience with his warm voice and charming stage personality. The singer brings together compelling music with poetic lyrics and surprising improvisations. To Henk, the storytelling character of music is essential, because of its power to connect people with themselves and the world around them. “I’m fascinated about our human need to show vulnerability and our longing to be loved as authentic beings with all our possibilities and flaws. In the music and lyrics I write I always try to relate to that”. In his adventurous songs playful and light-footed music alternate with intense vivacious grooves and harmonies. His ‘all-star’ quintet features some of the most sought after creative and energetic musicians from the Netherlands. Any concert the band plays is a guarantee for exciting musical interaction, on stage as well as with the audience, whether playing in a hospital, a crowded bar or jazzfestival.
Early 2018, Henk released his debut album Passengers at the renowned Bimhuis in Amsterdam. The album is the outcome of his collaboration with pianist and songwriter Daan Herweg, and contains original songs by Kraaijeveld/Herweg and covers. It was well received by critics as well as the audience. Next to jazz venues in the Netherlands, Henk toured in various countries, among which are China, Malaysia and South-Korea. In 2019, the band played at Taichung Jazz Festival, collaborating with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. At the moment he is working on his second album, which is expected to be released in early 2023.
In 2013 Kraaijeveld won both jury- and audience award at the 10th edition of the Dutch Vocal jazz competition (Nederlands Jazz Vocalisten Concours). The jury praised his ‘relaxed performance in which he connects very well with the audience, blends his warm and beautiful voice perfectly with the sound of the band, while showing an impressive vocal range’. Kraaijeveld graduated cum laude from Utrecht Conservatory in 2012 and studied at Manhattan School of Music, New York with renowned songwriter, composer and arranger Peter Eldridge.
COLLABORATIONS / TEACHING
In 2013 Henk was one of the founders of Dutch a cappella group The Junction, joined in a project of grammy nominated composer Miho Hazama, has played with several big bands and was the featured soloist at the famous Ricciotti Ensemble in 2019 at their Eeuwige Radio tour. Next to his quintet he has worked with dancers and stage poets. In 2022, Henk tours as a soloist with all male vocal ensemble The Gents and piano maestro Bert van den Brink in a tribute to the music of Jules de Corte.
Currently Henk teaches jazz voice and ensemble lessons at Fontys Conservatory Tilburg and ArtEZ Conservatory (Arnhem and Zwolle) and is regularly seen as a guest teacher at HKU – Utrecht Conservatory.
HENK KRAAIJEVELD QUINTET
Henk’s current band members are:
| Daan Herweg – piano | website
Daan Herweg’s music and his playing as a pianist are energetic, melodic and concentrated, sometimes with angular edges, which can suddenly turn into flowing figures. Daan Herweg has a liberal mind that thinks in chances and possibilities. The jazz tradition is a starting point for him, not an end station. The influence of composers such as Debussy and Brahms is undeniable, as is the inspiration that Herweg gained at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He moves easily in various music scenes, from co-production of commercial pop to avant-garde jazz.
| Tobias Nijboer – bass | website
Double bassist Tobias Nijboer is a versatile sideman on the Dutch music scene. He studied in Groningen (NL) and Barcelona (Spain) and pursued his master studies at SUNY Purchase, New York. Based in Amsterdam he joined several groups, a.o. FUSE, Henk Kraaijeveld Quintet, Vincent Veneman 10, Bas van Lier Trio and the Dutch Concert Bigband. As a sideman Tobias recorded 18 records over the past 12 years and toured in North America and Europe, played at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Concertgebouw and the Bimhuis. With Fuse he plays every other week at the Dutch television show Podium Witteman as their house band. He also shared the stage with a.o. Cyrille Aimée, Peter Bernstein, John Engels, Ruud Jacobs, Benjamin Herman en Jasper Blom.
| Joan Terol Amigó – drums | website
Joan Terol Amigó is an Amsterdam based, much sought after creative jazz drummer from Reus (Catalonia). He is also connected to the musical scene of Barcelona, where he started his studies, first at the L’Aula de Música Moderna i Jazz and later at the ESMuC. He holds a master’s degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Projects in which he is curently active are the Xavi Torres Trio, Henk Kraaijeveld Quintet, The BvR Flamenco Big Band and Trempera!. Joan also played as sideman of jazz icons Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Jordi Rossy, Jesse Davis, Maria Schneider and various prominent musicians from the Dutch, Catalan and Spanish jazz scene.
| Paul van der Feen – saxophones | website
Paul van der Feen is regarded as one of Holland`s outstanding and leading jazz saxophonists and viewed as an original voice within the Dutch musical landscape. As a soloing member of the Grammy Award winning Metropole Orkest he played alongside some of music’s most prominent such as Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Al Jarreau, Gregory Porter, Maria Schneider, Robert Glasper, Chaka Khan and many others, resulting in several acclaimed recordings, most notably a feature role in a Grammy Award winning Vince Mendoza arrangement in 2010.