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MOON RIVER MUSIC is an artist management and booking agency, primarily related to ZenneZ Records and JazzTribes artists. Next to this, we are involved in a large variety of projects that we produce and/or promote.

You may say that we are open to many musical challenges. With an ear for authentic artistry and colorful craftsmanship. And an eye on the market.

To get in touch send your e-mail to john@moonrivermusic.com

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HERMINE DEURLOO ON TOUR WITH STEVE GADD.

To support the release of the new album Riverbeast by chromatic harmonica player/composer Hermine Deurloo on ZenneZ Records, we are happy to announce a tour in the Netherlands with drummer legend Steve Gadd and Big Apple Band, and special guest singer Alain Clark.

The ensemble will be playing Victorie Alkmaar Wednesday 2/26 2020, Metropool Hengelo Thursday 2/27 2020, Orpheus Apeldoorn Friday 2/28 2020 and Boerderij Zoetermeer Sunday 3/1 2020.

[Picture, left from right: John Weijers, Hermine Deurloo, Dr. Steve Gadd and Daan van Rijsbergen]

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Steve Gadd, Hermine Deurloo and Tony Scherr checking scores during recording at Wisseloord Studios

GINO VANNELLI. A PERSONAL NOTE.

Gino Vannelli and I met in person for the first time way back in 1985. I had been a fan from the mid 1970’s when Gino released 6 albums with A&M Records, consisted of a range of material: from experimental synthesizer arrangements, live orchestral pieces, jazz inflected tunes, to contemporary R&B inspired songs. Gino hit the Hot Billboard 100 charts, got Grammy nominated and toured the world.

Due to a dispute with his next record company, Gino sort of vanished for a period of almost five years. Then he released Black Cars. The single track ‘Hurts To Be In Love’ became a hit in the Netherlands. A music business girlfriend told me he would come over to do some promotion. I chased the record label for an interview. After a serious amount of phone calls at last I was invited to come to the studio where he recorded for a tv show. ‘Gino will have 10 minutes after recording’, the labelmanager said.  Eventually, Gino and I sat down for 1,5 hours.

To cut a long story short, in time we became close friends. The Netherlands sort of became ‘home away from home’ to Gino. I rented him an apartment in my hometown Amersfoort, we started a business venture called Tunes On Tap, formed a group (The Dutchbeaters), recorded A Good Thing, toured all over Europe, performed with Metropole Orkest. And on Sunday mornings we saddled our mountain bikes, cruising forests and polders, and discussing life.

Happy to share with you that we are exchanging ideas for future projects.

John Weijers

Management: COA Productions Los Angeles coapro@verizon.net

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MUDITA winner of the 2019 Edison Jazz Vocal Award.

The Edison is the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy.

Sanne Rambags (v), Koen Smits (t) and Sjoerd van Eijck (p) are MUDITA, a rather exceptional trio blending jazz, folk, electronics, chamber music and poetry into a sound of their own.

'Listen to the Sound of the Forest' is their widely acclaimed debut - and Edison winner. Not a bad way to start a venture indeed!

International bookings john@moonrivermusic.com

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KIKA SPRANGERS. Dazzling debut, sold out Bimhuis.

'Human Traits' is the official album debut of Kika Sprangers (in 2017 she released an EP named 'Leaves of Lily'). The prestigious Amsterdam Bimhuis was fully packed an went through the roof.

Human Traits is a concept album with which Kika Sprangers puts her stamp on the Dutch modern jazz - Jazzism, NL

Human Traits is a beautiful album and in the live performance the music gets even more dynamic - JazzHalo, BE

Through her colourful and fascinating compositions she finds her voice to express herself and tells a powerful story to her listeners - All About Jazz

Kika on YouTube

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ODELION ORCHESTRA a new Dutch pearl.

ODELION is a new Dutch pearl that needs to be discovered! - according to OOR magazine.

Fact is that ODELION is a creation that takes many forms. From solo to duo to band to ensemble. (The latter is named ODELION ORCHESTRA.) The common thing is the love for song.

As ODELION writes in her song Forgiveness: ‘I can’t heal the heart that longs to stay broken but doesn’t know it, that’s been cut open by too many words unspoken, it was left with expectations and their disappointments.’

More to come soon.

ODELION website 

Management and bookings john@moonrivermusic.com

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MIST by EAST. New album and tour.

March 20, 2020 the album MIST by EAST will be released on ZenneZ Records. 

EAST is

Damian ERSKINE bass Portland, OR (Gino Vannelli, Peter Erskine Trio, John Beasley)

Tarik ABOUZIED drums Seattle, WA (Happy Orchestra, Nominated NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year - 2017 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards)

Michiel STEKELENBURG guitars Rotterdam, NL (performing with his own 5tet on North Sea Jazz twice. Michiel reached #1 in the Dutch iTunes Jazz Charts with his album LAYERS)

Efraim TRUJILLO saxophones Amsterdam, NL (The Preacher Men, winner of 2018 Jazz Edison. Also leader of Amsterdam Funk Orchestra)

Teaser video

EAST will be touring Netherlands (and other parts of Europe) this Summer. For options drop your e-mail at john@moonrivermusic.com

 

 

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THE PREACHER MEN winner of the 2019 Edison Audience Award.

A deep-growling Hammond organ, a ripping saxophone and back beats that you simply cannot sit still to. Hallelujah to The Preacher Men!

Their album 'Blue' was rewarded with an Edison, the Dutch equivalent to the Grammy. Competition was tough - 10 nominees in total. But the vibrant trio took 29 percent of all votes. Amen!

Tour dates and bookings

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JAZZTRIBES. Groove makes you move.

JazzTribes is an independent record label with roots in New York and Rotterdam, two cities that share a long history due to the Holland America Line.

Spring 2020 we have scheduled two new releases. More info soon.

The story behind JazzTribes