Shirma Rouse is a musical force to be reckoned with. Raised in the Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius, she moved to the Netherlands at age 19 to study and soon started her musical career. At first, she mainly provided backing vocals for a range of artists, among which Chaka Khan, Michael Bolton, Alain Clark, Candy Dulfer, Extince, Wouter Hamel, and Glennis Grace. She sang with Holiday On Ice and the Metropole Orkest, and was the regular backing vocalist for bestselling Dutch singer Anouk.
Shirma also accompanied her at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, where she was crowned Best Backing Vocalist of the whole event by The Eurovision Times. She released her first album Chocolate Coated Dreams in 2010, all by herself. It was followed by Shirma Sings Aretha in 2012 and Shout It Out Loud in 2014. All three albums were accompanied by extensive tours and also released in Japan. After enrolling in hit TV show The Voice Of Holland in 2013, Shirma’s career rose to the next level, causing her to become a popular guest on many TV and radio programs. But Shirma takes on much more. She teaches, founded the Masterclass Vocal Academy with fellow singer Berget Lewis, is a regular guest at the renowned jamsessions at Amsterdam’s Club Dauphine, an ambassador for the Dushi Vriend foundation and also hosts Shirma’s Soul Kitchen, a monthly event where she treats 150 guests to her fabulous cooking and music.
In 2015, Shirma was awarded the prestigious Edison Jazzism Publieksprijs and embarked on a Holland Casino tour with pianist Jan Vayne.
Jan van Duikeren
With his distinctive sound and energetic and lyrical approach, Rotterdam-based trumpet player Jan van Duikeren (1975 ) now ranks among a new generation of prominent musicians in the Dutch jazz scene. His extensive musical interests and outstanding versatility have ensured his succes as a much sought-after solo player and a side-man. This popularity has secured him an impressive array of musical outings with leading artists and bands representing virtually all musical genres.
The list of notable musical artists with whom he has collaborated includes Candy Dulfer, James Carter, Paul Weller,Dr. John, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Christian Mc Bride, Joe Jackson, Arturo Sandoval, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Sheila E, Gare du Nord, Metropole Orchestra, Leon Ware, Diana Ross, Caro Emerald, The Four Tops, Lionel Richie, New Cool Collective, Temptations, Paul Young, Bob Brookmeyer, just to name a few.
Jan van Duikeren is currently performing with:
- Jan van Duikeren’s JvD4, his own quartet with Karel Boehlee, piano, John Engels drums and Aram Kersbergen on double bass.
- Candy Dulfer, with whom he has been touring the main stages of the world for 18 years now Jan is also responsible for a large section of Candy’s brass arrangements as well as some compositions.
- The Special Request Horns, Jan’s own brass section including saxophone player Guido Nijs and Trombone player Louk Boudesteijn, for whom he also writes and arranges music. Marco Borsato, Ladies of Soul, Racoon, Candy Dulfer, Vrienden van Amstel, and many many more…
- FINGERPRINT, Jan’s own band which features some of the best Dutch jazz and funk players.
- The New Cool Collective Bigband, (for more than 18 years now…)
- Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw
- New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra
Compositions by Jan van Duikeren are played within all of these projects.
In addition to playing with a wide range of artists, Jan has also written compositions/arrangements for the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Moon Baker,
Marco Borsato, Golden Earring, Racoon, the Jazzinvaders, Gare du Nord, Liquid Spirits, Leona, Rotterdam Jazzorchestra, Sheila E, Leon Ware, The Players,
Trijntje Oosterhuis, Xandra Willis, Mathilde Santing, Beef, Natalia, Thank God It’s Friday, live television programme in 2008 featering Claudia de Breij, and many others.
Jan is currently teaching at the Codarts conservatory Rotterdam, together with Jarmo Hoogendijk Wim Both, and also teaching at Conservatory Haarlem.