Candy Dulfer by Carin Verbruggen ©
_M_onterey Jazz Festival
On September 29, 2019 Candy Dulfer will perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. The Monterey Jazz Festival offers 20 acres of grounds where fans can enjoy films, conversations with the Festival’s stars, exhibitions, food and beverages, an international shopping bazaar, and 8 stages of live jazz entertainment spread throughout the grounds. Over 500 artists will be performing nonstop on 8 stages for 3 nights and 2 days. “The 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival will be a great addition to the legacy of the world’s longest-running jazz festival. You will see a few of your long-time favorites, yet also experience a wide range of what’s new in jazz and beyond,” said Tim Jackson, MJF Artistic Director.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 30 years since Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer rose to fame with her high-profile collaborations with Dave Stewart (the worldwide number 1 smash “Lily was here”) and of course the legendary Prince, whose tongue-in-cheek recommendation (“When I want sax, I call Candy”) in the ‘Partyman’ video made the world sit up and notice the young, glamorous and talented sax player at his side. Their collaboration continued over the years with many studio sessions, TV show appearances, award show performances (including the Grammy Awards), and concert tours around the globe, including Candy joining Prince’s NPG band as a permanent member for his record shattering Musicology tour & album.
Candy has been fortunate to work – both in the studio and on stage – with some of the biggest names in music, including Van Morrison, Maceo Parker, Sheila E., Mavis Staples, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, and many others.
Despite these high-profile collaborations, Candy mainly focused on her solo career, starting her own band at age 13 and touring the world ever since.
Her first solo album ‘Saxuality’ earned her a Grammy Award nomination, the combined worldwide sales of her solo albums top 2.5 million copies, and she has had several number 1 hits in the USA.
In between her many concert tours around the globe, she still manages to join Dutch female supergroup the Ladies of Soul for their annual sold-out concerts at the massive Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, is a headline performer on Jazz Cruises in the USA and Europe, and is an ambassador for the Dutch ALS Foundation.
She continued to push boundaries with her album “Together”. The album was inspired by all that’s great in jazz, disco, soul, dance and r&b, but is also a contemporary interpretation of what’s happening in music and the world today. Candy created a deeply personal and unique blend of musical genres & influences, bound together by her trademark sound, showcasing her extreme versatility.
In the fall of 2017 she released her long-awaited autobiography ‘Sax, Candy & Rock-’n’-Roll’ (in Dutch only, English version coming soon) in which she tells her story so far – in her own words. Illustrated with dozens of rare photos, it is an intimate and deeply personal account of her life, onstage and off, featuring unique insights into life on the road, funnybackstage stories about working with some of music’s greatest artists, and inspiring life lessons learned from traveling the world.
Whether she and her band play the biggest festival stages around the world, or an intimate jazz club around the corner in Amsterdam, her fans know that her concert is always the hottest ticket in town. Catch Candy and her band on tour in Europe, Asia and the USA!
Candy Dulfer has more upcoming US performances. For a full list of the dates, read our previous post on Candy Dulfer’s US Tour.