Candy Dulfer Jazzband ft. Harry Emmery

Candy continues to push boundaries with her album Together which was released in 2017. The album was inspired by what is great in jazz, disco, soul, dance and r&b, but is also a contemporary interpretation of what’s happening in music and in the world today. Candy created a personal and unique blend of musical genres & influences, bound together by her trademark sound, showcasing her versatility.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 28 years since Candy Dulfer rose to fame with her collaborations with Dave Stewart (the worldwide number 1 smash hit Lily was here) and of course the legendary Prince, whose tongue-in-cheek recommendation (“When I want sax, I call Candy”) in the “Partyman” video made the world sit up and notice the young, glamorous and talented sax player at his side. Their collaboration continued over the years with many studio sessions, TV show appearances, award show performances (including the Grammy Awards), and concert tours around the globe, including Candy joining Prince’s NPG band as a permanent member for his record-shattering Musicology tour & album.
Besides Prince, Candy has been fortunate to work – both in the studio and on stage – with some of the biggest names in music, including Van Morrison, Maceo Parker, Sheila E., Mavis Staples, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, and many others.

Despite these high-profile collaborations, Candy mainly focused on her solo career, starting her own band at age 13 and touring the world ever since. Her first solo album Saxuality earned her a Grammy Award nomination, the combined world-wide sales of her solo albums top 2.5 million copies, and she has had several number 1 hits in the USA.

In between her many concert tours around the globe, she still manages to join Dutch female supergroup the Ladies of Soul for their annual sold-out concerts at the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, is a headline performer on Jazz Cruises in the USA and Europe, is an ambassador for the Dutch ALS Foundation.

In the fall of 2017 she released her long-awaited autobiography ‘Sax, Candy & Rock-’n’-Roll’ (in Dutch only, English version coming soon) in which she tells her story – in her own words. Illustrated with dozens of rare photos, it is an intimate and deeply personal account of her life, onstage and offstage, featuring unique insights into life on the road, funny backstage stories about working with some of music’s greatest artists, and inspiring life lessons learned from traveling the world.

Catch Candy Dulfer and her band at the exclusive dinner event at Red Light Jazz 2019.

Line Up

  • Candy Dulfer
  • Sax, vocals
  • Harry Emmery
  • Bass
  • Jan van Duikeren
  • Trumpet
  • Cyril Directie
  • Drums
  • Stephan Geusebroek
  • Keyboards

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