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(Published: July 24, 2016)

New band dedicated to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, features musicians from Willem Breuker Kollektief and ICompani (Photo by Helen Arenz).

A sextet of musicians from Holland and the USA, with roots in postbop, avantgarde´, and orchestral jazz, have joined forces to form a truly stellar ensemble to play the compositions of the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Reeds and Deeds
Frans Vermeerssen
Alex Coke
Bo van de Graaf
Michiel Braam
Arjen Gorter
Makki van Engelen

Reeds & Deeds originated as a one-off happening dedicated to the music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk (August 7, 1935- December 5, 1977), a passionate and inventive improviser, who often played multiple saxophones at the same time.
Kirk was a gifted composer who wrote soulful, catchy themes. Renowned for his onstage vitality, where his virtuosic improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously, Kirk inspired many musicians in the US and The Netherlands, although his works are not often performed live.

Saxophonist Bo van de Graaff is a great admirer of the music, along with
both Alex Coke and Frans Vermeerssen who had each previously released albums with Kirk's music.
(Vermeerssen 1995 project resultied in his quintet's famous album One for Rahsaan and Coke was the featured soloist with Austin Jazz Workshop's 2009 Kirk program, performing more than100 live dates and recording Mystery Note).

For a 2015 performance at the Bimhuis, Coke and van de Graaf assembled an all-star band with Vermeerssen, bassist Arjen Gorter, drummer Makki van Engelen and pianist Michiel Braam where the idea found an enthusiastic audience.

In the spirt of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's own Bright Moments! and in honour of a great American jazz musician, Reeds and Deeds, referring to an eponymous 1963 album recorded by Kirk, was born.

For bookings and more info about Reeds and Deeds : +31 620 08 04 22

email: muzyqq@gmail.com

You can hear Reeds and Deeds in concert as part of the 2016 ZomerJazz Fiets Tour Saturday August 27th in Groningen at 1:15 and 2:30pm on Route 1 of the tour at venue Schurr Hans.
For tickets please visit: http://www.zjft.nl

More Information: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSoXHqBZW60&ab_channel=MichelHolla

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