Grammy nominated Dutch saxophonist and vocalist Candy Dulfer has been performing since age seven, leader of the band Funky Stuff since age fourteen, an international recording artist since age nineteen, and has toured world-wide since age twenty.
Dulfer has recorded and / or performed with numerous noted artists such as Prince, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Van Morrison, Maceo Parker, Beyoncé, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Lionel Richie, Larry Graham, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Cliff, George Duke, Blondie, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Angie Stone, Tower of Power, The Time, Alan Parsons, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Joey DeFrancesco, Jonathan Butler, Mavis Staples, and the list goes on and on. Perhaps just as impressive is the thought that even jazz sax legend Sonny Rollins may be counted among Candy’s fans and has commented favorably upon her work.
Dulfer’s latest effort titled Candy Store (Heads Up International, 2007) includes performances by Ulco Bed and Chance Howard. The album features a sprinkling of techno-style special effects, but its funk and R&B roots are clear.
Although her music is often labeled “smooth jazz,” Dulfer considers herself to be an R&B saxophone player. There are several videos available below which clearly illustrate Candy Dulfer’s versatility and extraordinary musical ability.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“one of the truly iconic names in contemporary jazz…” -Jazz Review
“a slick, sophisticated hybrid of soul and jazz… it’s instantly obvious a real musician is behind it.” -Toronto Sun