This last night was the Dutch Jazz Divas time when the ladies took command of the stage. Vocalists Roos Jonker, Eline Gemerts, Renske Taminiau and Margot Zoer were supported by Saskia Laroo on trumpet and Phaedre Kwant on bass guitar. The men were allowed on stage however with the return of Cyril Directie on drums, Eddie C on percussion and Jeroen van Vliet on piano with the occasional welcome appearance of Warren Byrd.
Phaedre Kwant opened the ladies set with two numbers, “Nature Boy” and her own composition “Dance with you today”. Next up Roos Jonker backed by Saskia Laroo, Renske Taminiau and Margot Zoer sang “Hangover”. Saskia was then joined on stage by Warren Byrd on piano for a joint composition appropriately titled “Collaboration”. The stage was then given to Margot Zoer who sang a very up beat version of “All of Me” a song first written way back in 1931 but which has become one of the most recorded songs of its era. Renske Taminiau then came back to the stage with Saskia and Jeroen van Vliet on piano for “Something Coming” and then “Dance for Two” with Roos and Margot. At last we got to hear that wonderful singer, originally from Surinam, Eline Gemert and her sensual version of “Bésame Mucho” leading into a grand finale with all the ladies joined again by the very talented Warren Byrd scatting some vocals.
A wonderful end to a great week of Jazz – look out for the same thing September 2011!