Candy Dulfer

Candy Dulfer

Candy Dulfer was born on 19 September 1969 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, as the daughter of saxophonist Hans Dulfer. She played drums at the age of five. On her own initiative, and never pushed by her father, she wanted to play the saxophone. As a six-year-old she started to play on a soprano saxophone, because her father's tenor saxophone was too heavy. She switched to alto saxophone at the age of seven, and played in the local concert band Jeugd Doet Leven (English translation: "Youth Brings Life") in Zuiderwoude. Apart from some basic musical training in a concert band and a few months of music lessons, she taught herself how to play the sax.

Alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer was brought into the limelight by Prince, who introduced her to the world via his video for &"Partyman." Raised in a family heavily involved in the Dutch jazz scene, Dulfer is the daughter of Hans Dulfer, a respected jazz tenor saxophonist. Thanks to him, she listened to and studied the recordings of Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Dexter Gordon. He also introduced her to the stage early in life. When she was 12, she began playing in a band with Rosa King, an American expatriate who lived in Holland. Her career began by playing with brass bands but soon she was fronting her own band, Funky Stuff, who were invited to backup Madonna for part of her European tour. She began leading the band at age 15. Her appearances with Prince led to session work with Eurythmics guitarist/producer Dave Stewart, who gave Dulfer a credit on &"Lily Was Here," which reached number six in the U.K. and number one on the Dutch radio charts in 1990. Recording sessions for her debut album were followed by more guest star dates with Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin, and Pink Floyd.

Her debut, Saxuality, released later in 1990 for RCA Records, was very successful in Europe and the U.S. While it was by no means a straight-ahead jazz album, her funky alto sax stylings caught on with fans of contemporary jazz at several recently launched "smooth jazz" radio stations around the U.S. Saxuality was nominated for a Grammy and certified gold for sales in excess of a half-million units worldwide. Her 1991 album Sax-a-Go-Go includes &"Sunday Afternoon," a song by Prince, and also teams her up with some of her musical mentors, the JB's and the Tower of Power horns. Her other influences include Sonny Rollins and David Sanborn, and while Dulfer hasn't carved the niche for herself that Sanborn has in the jazz world, she does have a great career ahead of her as she continues to synthesize classic R&&B, blues, pop, and jazz in her own unique, creative ways. In 1999, she released What Does It Take with Girls' Night Out and Right In My Soul following in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Richard Skelly, All Music Guide

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Saxuality Saxuality 1991 Arista
Sax-A-Go-Go Sax-A-Go-Go 1993 Ariola
Candy-A-Go-Go 1994 Arista
Big Girl Big Girl 1996 BMG/Ariola
For the Love of You For the Love of You 1997 N2K
What Does It Take? What Does It Take? 1999 N-Coded/Warlock
Girls Night Out Girls Night Out 2001 BMG International
Live in Amsterdam Live in Amsterdam 2001 BMG
Right in My Soul Right in My Soul 2003 Eagle
Live at Montreux, 2002 Live at Montreux, 2002 2005 Eagle
Candy Store Candy Store 2007 Heads Up
Funked Up! Funked Up! 2009 Heads Up

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