Smooth Group of the month Aug 2017 : Amsterdam Connection
Category : Gruppo Smooth del mese
Tim Welvaars – Jazz harmonica/piano
Naomi Adriaansz – Tenor, alto sax
AMSTERDAM CONNECTION is formed by the passionate musicians Tim ‘Harmony’ Welvaars (jazz harmonica & piano) and Naomi ‘Smile’ Adriaansz (tenor and alto sax).
This unique team is based upon its intense love for music in general as well as the love that Tim and Naomi feel for each other and the world around them.
From this source they have created a unique sound : the remarkable fusion of the dark tenor sax and the joyful harmonica. Their trade mark! Their main driving forces : filling everyone with harmony and peace, at any place where Tim and Naomi are invited to play their music live!
ABOUT the new album “Isn’t She Lovely” – Tribute to Stevie Wonder
In February 2017 Amsterdam Connection released their latest album, called “Isn’t She Lovely”. A full album of 10 instrumental Stevie Wonder classics, in a very soulful smooth jazz sound.
It features some of the best American musicians of the scene, including bass legend Nathan East, smooth jazz guitarist Paul Brown, jazz fusion guitarist Marc Antoine and Jessy J on flute.
The album has been fully recorded and produced by multi-Grammy Award winning PAUL BROWN in Los Angeles. He earned an impressive string of 40+ number one hits. Paul has worked on projects with legends like George Benson, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Patti Austin, Norman Brown and Boney James.
References & feedback by radio hosts
“To take on Stevie Wonder’s work and do it proud, is no mean achievement. Amsterdam Connection’s brilliant new album, Isn’t She Lovely, does just that, breathing new life in to timeless classics. A must for your collection.” David Lewis, Solar Radio
“A stunning album full of classic covers” Mike Rickard, radio host Love Music Radio
“Amsterdam Connection is a smooth jazz duo to REALLY get excited about with a driving blend of Sax and Harmonica. Check out the pulsating track “Part Time Lovers” from their new album “Isn’t She Lovely”. This is a MUST HAVE for your music library and will even make Stevie Wonder proud.” Jo Khool, Owner/Program
Director WJKR-DB JO KHOOL RADIO
ABOUT TIM WELVAARS
Tim Welvaars (Amsterdam/Holland) has played and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Burrell, Jose Feliciano, Ray Brown, Mel Lewis, Lee Ritenour, Jan Akkerman, The London Symphonic Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra and
As Toots Thielemans’ first and only student, Tim is continuously passing on his skill, as well as his love for music in general and the chromatic harmonica in particular.
Tim has had the honor of replacing both Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder in the studio, as well as being the only (other) harmonica player to be featured at Toots’ 75th birthday concert.
As an artist, Tim has recorded 28 solo cd’s, and is featured as a soloist on over 300 cd’s.
Besides chromatic harmonica, Tim plays saxophone and piano and is an active composer, arranger, conductor and producer. Website: www.timwelvaars.nl
ABOUT NAOMI ADRIAANSZ
Naomi is a frequently asked, (inter)nationally featured, saxophonist, playing jazz as well as blues, funk and pop music. She’s shared the stage with some of the best jazz and blues artists in Holland and the United States, like Candy Dulfer, Leroy Jones (USA, Harry Conick Bigband), TK Blue (USA, Randy Weston African Rhtyhm Sextet),
Paul Brown (Luther Vandross, All Jarreau), Roberto Vally (Randy Crawford, Spyro Gyra), Chazzy Green (USA, Brothers Johnson, Johnny Guitar Watson), Bruce James and Bella Black (USA, James and Black Soultet), Frits Landesbergen etc.
Besides Naomi has played for 8 years in one of the biggest entertainment parks in Europe.
Naomi also is an appreciated organizer. She organizes an educational jazz program for primary school pupils and a local jazz festival in Breda (NL). Website: www.naomi-adriaansz.nl
For exclusive order of our album “Isn’t She Lovely” and other support:
Website : www.AmsterdamConnection.net
YouTube : www.youtube.com/channel/UClFo34bWQZeOi1CXQ0mB-Tg
Facebook : www.facebook.com/AmsterdamConnectionJazz
Twitter : https://twitter.com/AmsConnJazz
SmoothJazzGl. : http://smoothjazz.com/jazzblast/Booking/amsterdam_connection.htm
Info & Bookings : NA Music Creations – Naomi Adriaansz / Tim Welvaars
Email & phone : email@example.com / +31 6 41338829 / +31 53266584