Henk de Laat
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Where are you located?
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What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Educator, 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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Through Ray Blue
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Bass, Guitar
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http://www.henkdelaat.com
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At 12:12pm on August 13, 2011, Ray Blue said…

Hey Henk, its been some time since we have connected. where are you now. I will be back in Europe in October and time during that month. Give me a shout.  rayblueisax@yahoo.com

 

Regards,

Ray

At 7:28am on April 4, 2011, Herbie Guldenaar said…

Hey Henk

Leuk je hier ook te ontmoeten!

Veel succes!

Greetz Herbie

At 9:02pm on March 25, 2011, Skii said…

Thank you Henk for requesting to be my friend. I look forward to following your success and to some interesting chats about our music.

Always

Skii x

At 1:43am on December 14, 2008, Robert said…
Hi!
I checked out your page in the Jazz Network. Nice playing! When you get a moment please check out my free guitar lesson page at: http://www.bluesandjazzguitar.blogspot.com/ pass it on to friends, students and anyone who likes jazz guitar. I’m trying to promote jazz and blues guitar.
Best regards,
Robert
At 3:57am on November 25, 2008, Dirk Schreurs said…
Ha Henkie, we zitten er samen op nu! Tot binnenkort 4 more grooves together :-)

xD
At 8:43pm on November 24, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Henk,
Thank you for joining the Jazz Network!
Have a great week.
Best Wishes!
Luiz
At 8:41pm on November 24, 2008, exe*Cute* said…
Hej Henk ...
Welcome to our Family here at TJN ~ Hope You will have a Lot of Fun with us --- as we have Great Talent, and Sounds at this very Special 24/7- J@zzClub !!

You surely will be a Real Asset here !!

Would be a Great Honour to be Your Friend ...
Regards;
xdrd

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Also would be a real Pleasure to Invite You to Join, and share our Luv of J@zz ~ with the Great Sounds at The J@zz Network Listening Room here --->
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Happy Listening;
xdrd
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Happy Chatting !!
 
 
 

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