Six weeks ago I made a contribution about Piet Kuiters, the rather unknown Dutch jazzmusician, who passed away three years ago. In the NJA-Jazz Bulletin ( Number 57 - October 2005), the magazine of the Dutch Jazz Archive Hans Dulfer remembered him in a contribution simply titled Piet. After I published the contribution Piet Kuiters , Django Kuiters, his son, now living in Oslo - Norway, contacted me and told me that he loved to share his remembrances to his father with the readers of this blog. His contribution was rather extensive and has to be published in two parts: Piet Kuiters - A True Amsterdammer - 1 and Piet Kuiters - A True Amsterdammer - 2. A Dutch translation has been published as Piet Kuiters - Een Echte Amsterdammer - 1 and Piet Kuiters - Een Echte Amsterdammer - 2. Thanks Django for this great homage to your father. Hans Koert - firstname.lastname@example.org
PIET KUITERS - A True Amsterdammer ( = a true citizen of Amsterdam) by Django Kuiters.
Not forgetting to mention his boogie-woogie playing at the age of seven, growing up between the tables at his grandparents Ice bar in the 30s and 40s in the center of Amsterdam, bebop became Piet's signature style. His playing evolved from jazz/bebop to free jazz, pop and back full circle with bebop again. When contemporary new jazz hit the scene in the 80s, Piet felt it wasn't new at all. He did it all before in the early 60s, being one of the pioneers of The Free Jazz movement in Europe. So to go back to the source became an obvious move for him - always comparing bebop to the greatest of classical music and never growing tired of it. I remember, living as a kid in Prinseneiland in Amsterdam in the 70s, a period where he would soundtrack my childhood scenery, playing on his grand piano. It was truly magical. Although I never learned to play bebop it's in my blood and in my spirit. In the eighties, after the experimentation's and vitality of the 60s and 70s, bebop and Piet Kuiters was a bit lost to the contemporary jazz scene. Piet however, parallel to playing bebop, was always looking for new expressions and found himself behind keyboards in a funk band with singer, front man and guitarist Justin, who was an American / Dutch young super talent living in Amsterdam. Cover of Piet Kuiters and Free Jazz Inc. ( 45 rpm recording)(1966)
Django Kuiters (Oslo - Norway) - email@example.com
Fragment of a concert registered at the Molde Jazz Festival in Molde (Norway) 1967 featuring Piet Kuiters with John Tchicai and Candentia Nova Danica.
Nederlands ( To the English translation )
Zes weken geleden publiceerde ik een bijdrage over Piet Kuiters, de tamelijk onbekend gebleven Nederlandse jazzmuzikant, die drie jaar geleden overleed. In het NJA-Bulletin (nummer 57 - oktober 2005), het blad van het Nederlands Jazzarchief, deelde Hans Dulfer zijn herinneringen in een artikel kortweg Piet getiteld. Nadat ik de bijdrage over Piet Kuiters had gepubliceerd, nam Django Kuiters, zijn zoon, contact met me op. Django woont nu in Oslo - Noorwegen en wilde graag zijn herinneringen aan zijn vader met de lezer van deze blog delen. Zijn bijdrage was van een dergelijke omvang dat ik het in twee delen zal publiceren. De Nederlandse vertaling is getiteld Piet Kuiters - Een Echte Amsterdammer - 1 en het vervolg in Piet Kuiters - Een Echte Amsterdammer - 2.
Hierboven vind je de Engelse vertaling als Piet Kuiters - A True Amsterdammer - 1 en het vervolg Piet Kuiters - A True Amsterdammer - 2.
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