Henk de Laat
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Where are you located?
Antwerpen Belgium
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Composer
Tell us a little about your background...

Bass player and vocalist Henk de Laat studied with honours at the Rotterdam Conservatory where he graduated as a master in jazz and contemporary music in 1987. He completed his classical bass studies in 1988. Then he studied vocals with Deborah Brown and Ge Titulaer for two years. Later he developed his voice with the aid of Henry Chef d’Horge from Paris who taught him a natural and organic way of singing. He is currently in a vocal study program with Rhiannon, teacher at the Berklee College of Music, Boston.
In 1980 Henk started his musical career with a band called X-tra, playing ska-music. Later on he joined a group called Casino, accompanying Dutch and artists from abroad. A versatile accompanist he played with top-ranked vocalists such as Shirley Bassey, Deborah Brown, Marjorie Barnes, Dee Daniels and with exquisite jazz instrumentalists as Bob Minzer and Bob Malach. For two years he toured with Denise Jannah with whom he played among others at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague. He played with “La Corda”, a unique trio with guitarplayers Peter Mingaars and Ben Boogaard.
In 1996 his first cd „But Beautiful“ was released. It contains jazz standards and bossa nova tunes all for which he got a warm recommendation by harmonica legend Toots Thielemans. He composed for several international theater companies and played with Mike Zinzen, Walpurgis, Pieter Embrechts, Jokke Schreurs, Carlos Diaz, Sabien Tiels, the Euro Trio featuring Dirk Van der Linden and Dirk Raufeisen, and „Gezien, Gezegd en Gezongen“ featuring Yvonne Walter, Antje de Boeck and Els Dottermans. He also participated in a major theater production from HET PALEIS called „Water, Lucht, Aarde en Vuur“ and “Nachtmuziek” with trumpet player Sam Vloemans.
Nowadays he is active in a variety of groups as the Osama Abdulrasol ensemble, his own group Enrique Tarde, de Laat & Verbiest, and de Laat & Schreurs.
Henk performs in a most personal and spontaneous way and uses both the subtle expressive and unique qualities of the human voice. In other words, he plays the way he sings and sings the way he plays. During many journeys around the globe Henk has lost his musical heart in Brasil, the culture of which has influenced his music in a remarkable way. His new CD „Breaking through the shadows“ is a fine collection of Brazilian inspired songs that were recorded in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and Italy.
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Vocalist, Bass
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At 12:22am on January 1, 2013, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Henk,


Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo 2013 acompañado por salud y éxitos

Prettige Kerstdagen en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar 2013 vergezeld van gezondheid en succes

Peace & Love

At 7:24am on June 27, 2011, Leo Quintero said…
Tour music is very nice too. Keep in touch
At 3:24pm on April 25, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Henk,


You and Dirk are "extraordinary musicians".


Fantastic bass and  piano playing. I like the instrumental pieces a lot since they allow you both to shine.


I love all the songs, but  ´Time After...¨,¨Berimbeijo¨, Travessia¨ and ¨Beautiful¨ are my favourites.


Great scat singing too!





At 7:30am on May 21, 2010, Armsted Christian said…
Thank you for your birthday greetings my brother. I am humbled by all of you here on the network. I feel so very blessed to have you and all of these amazing people as a new part of my journey. I'm enriched by your words and music as well. Keep sharing the love to others my brother, for it is returned exponentially to you in abundance.
Peace and respect,
At 9:59pm on March 11, 2010, Shunnae Love said…
Henk de Laat,
Thank you for the friendship. I really like your music, the sound, your vocals are wonderful. I am so glad you introduced me to your music.

At 2:44pm on February 27, 2010, Cres O'Neal said…
OMG. My One and Only is my favorite song, and you do it soooooo well. Thank you.

At 4:53pm on February 26, 2010, Cheryl Zeigler said…
Hello Henk,

Thanks for the invite. Enjoyed listening to your music look forward to networking.
Cheryl Z
At 8:01am on October 29, 2009, Leo Quintero said…
Your music sounds great.
At 6:46am on May 29, 2009, Myreille Bédard said…
Hi Henk
Tnaks for your virtual and musical freindship ! Nice music and your voice is rich and profound. Bravo !
At 6:06am on October 16, 2008, Dirk Schreurs said…
Henkie, I'm looking forward to groovin' with you again soon. C u



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