July 10, 2013To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
Hendrik Meurkens News:
Downbeat Critics Poll
CD-Release at Dizzy’s Club
New Videos – New CD

Monday, July 15th, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola 
7:30 & 9:30pm
(More Info HERE)Live webcast and artist interview with WBGO host Rhonda Hamilton will begin at
7:15pm EST on jalc.org/live.

Hendrik Meurkens & Gabriel Espinosa
(ZOHO ZM 201204)
(ZOHO Music’s  100th CD Release!) 
Street Date: April 10, 2012


Hendrik Meurkens, harmonica
Gabriel Espinosa, bass and vocals
Misha Tsiganov, piano
Alison Wedding, vocals
Adriano Santos, drums

Also Appearing Saturday, July 13th @ Trumpets, Montclair, NJ
Shows at 8:00 & 10:00PM

Hendrik Meurkens is pleased to acknowledge his recognition in the Downbeat Critics Poll 2013 

Hendrik Meurkens has been again voted into the Miscellaneous Instrument category in this year’s Downbeat Critics Poll. And, for the first time, also into the Vibraphone category.
About “Celebrando”Celebrando (which means “celebrating” in Portuguese and Spanish) is a joyous event on several fronts. First, the CD celebrates Brazilian jazz and the resounding impact it’s had and has on musicians and audiences who adore it. Second, Celebrando salutes the musicians performing here – who have devoted years of their lives exploring this music they love. And third, Celebrando serves as the 100th recording for ZOHO Music, Jochen Becker’s dynamic independent New York based label. For ZOHO, such artists as GRAMMY winning pianist/band leader Arturo O’Farrill, conga drummer Ray Barretto, Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and the co-leaders here – harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens and bassist/vocalist Gabriel Espinosa – have recorded.

The CD gathers the leaders and seven splendid colleagues to investigate 10 succulent Brazilian jazz originals – with a “Yucatecan and “European twist,” say Gabriel and Hendrik – and one classic bolero, all designed to enchant.

About the co-leaders:

Hendrik Meurkens was born in Hamburg, Germany. He took up vibes at age 16 (eventually becoming a bebop-based master), and at 19, the chromatic harmonica. Soon came Brazilian music. “It touched me as deeply as jazz did,” he says. Hendrik lived in Rio de Janeiro from 1982-83, listening, playing, sopping up the sounds. His mastery can be heard on four exceptional ZOHO albums, including 2011’s Live at Bird’s Eye (ZM 201114).

Gabriel Espinosa hails from Yucatan, Mexico and grew up listening to anything from boleros to Brazilian. He’s earned degrees from Central College in Pella, Iowa, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and The University of North Texas at Denton; he currently heads the Jazz Studies program at Central College. Espinosa says his “passion is to write music and to teach.” His initial ZOHO release is the powerful From Yucatan to Rio (ZM 200907).

New Hendrik Meurkens  CD ‘Harmonicus Rex’ to be released soon.
Hendrik Meurkens next CD ‘Harmonicus Rex’ featuring Jimmy Cobb will be released in the fall. After several Brazilian Jazz albums here comes a new all straight ahead session featuring Joe Magnarelli – trumpet, Anders Bostrom – alto flute, Dado Moroni – piano, Marco Panascia – bass, and Jimmy Cobb. 
New Videos
The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet live at Java Jazz in Jakarta, March 2011 Sambatropolis 
The Hendrik  Meurkens Quartet East in Guangzhou, China, November 2012  Bolero Para Paquito
Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov at the Blue Note, March 2013  Luiza 
Downloadable Lead Sheets
Hendrik Meurkens’ compositions are now available as downloadable lead sheets.
Click here to download: Compositions
Available as concert lead sheets, and as Bb- and Eb-parts.
Also featured are mp3 files of the existing recordings for reference.

Artist Website: http://hendrikmeurkens.comLabel Website: http://www.zohomusic.com/ 

ZOHO ® is distributed by Allegro Media Group, Portland, OR.

For Interviews and Promos Contact:
Jim Eigo
Jazz Promo Services
T: 845-986-1677
E-Mail: jim@jazzpromoservices.com

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