Candy Dulfer Band (NLD)
One of the biggest names from Dutch jazz scene, great alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer is the daughter of Hans Dolfer, a respected jazz tenor saxophonist. As a six-year-old she started to play on a soprano saxophone, because her father's tenor saxophone was too heavy When she was 12, she began playing in a band with Rosa King, an American expatriate who lived in Holland . At the age of 14, Dulfer started her own band Funky Stuff. In 1988, Funky Stuff was booked as the supporting act for three Prince concerts in the Netherlands. After that, Prince canceled the supporting act, but he introduced her to the world via his video for "Partyman.".This appearance led to session work with Eurythmics guitarist and producer Dave Stewart, who gave Dulfer a credit on "Lily Was Here" (the title song of a Dutch movie starring Marion van Thijn), reaching number six in the UK singles chart and number one in the Dutch radio charts in 1990. She also played with Pink Floyd at the band's performance at Knebworth '90 in June 1990.
Dulfer's debut album, Saxuality, was released later in 1990. With her funky alto sax stylings proving popular with fans of contemporary jazz at several recently launched smooth jazz radio stations in the United States, Saxuality was nominated for a Grammy and certified gold for worldwide sales in excess of half a million. "Lily Was Here" also crossed over to the pop charts in America, reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Dulfer was also the featured saxophonist for Van Morrison's A Night in San Francisco, an album made from live recordings in 1993.
In 2007, she released her ninth studio album Candy Store. The album reached a #2 position in Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz charts. Of the album Candy Store, the song "L.A. Citylights" reached a #1 position in Smooth Jazz National Airplay charts in the United States.
Her new album “Funked Up & Chilled Out“ is expected, so she will probably present her new songs at the Nishville.
Special guest of Candy Dulfer’s band will be Chance Howard, famous american singer and keyboard player, member of the group The Time and former member of New Power Generation (with Prince).. He also did some live shows with Candy Dulfer in Europe & Japan in 2005. He has written tracks for Karyn White and appeared on some songs by Nikka Costa. Now he is famous music producer.