Candy Dulfer at the Birchmere
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
Candy Dulfer is a Dutch smooth jazz alto saxophonist who started to play saxophone at the age of six.
She began her professional career at the age of 12 when she played in a band with fellow blues sax player Rosa King, an American expatriate living in The Netherlands. At the age of 14 she was fronting her own band, Funky Stuff and played with Madonna during part of her European tour in the early 90s. Dulfer was introduced to U.S. audiences by Prince in his video for Partyman. This appearance led to session work with Eurythmics guitarist and producer Dave Stewart. She has also played with Van Morrison, Pink Floyd and Aretha Franklin.
Candy Dulfers debut album, Saxuality, was released 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.
Also playing this weekend at the Birchmere …
Saturday 5/30, 7:30 PM
Katie Melua with David Berkeley
Sunday 5/31, 7:30 PM
Candy Dulfer will appear Friday night at the Birchmere
This is the latest album for the band led by Billy Bob Thornton.
Comprised of W.R. Bud Thornton on vocals and drums, J.D. Andrew on guitars and bass and Mike Butler on lead guitar and lap steel, The Boxmasters deliver a sort of electric hillbilly/60s mod sound with tinges of country thrown in for good measure. It is perhaps the perfect sound with which to mask Thorntons lack of vocal handiness, as he strains to reach notes he has no business tackling throughout the recording.
The throwback image and the concept of three good ol boys in suits with thin ties is a nice touch, even if it does little to add substance to the actual music. The boogie stays the same, for the most part, on each track and the trio doesnt push the envelope.