Ben van den Dungen Kwartet – Argentina / Uruguay Tour 2016
November 11th, 2016. The day that the quartet trades the Dutch’ cold winter weather for the sun of Latin America. Ben (sax), Miguel (piano), Steve (bass) & Gijs (drums) will be showing their art for the following 2 weeks to the audience.
The first stop will be the Montevideo Jazz Festival on the 14th and 15th of November. There they will be giving workshops and concerts in Teatro Solis.
Two days after playing the before mentioned shows they’ll be heading to Ushuaia. Ushuaia is known to be the most Southern peak of human society where the gentlemen will be showing their art to the crowd.
Short after, they’ll be heading to the Pre Festival de Jazz (EMU) in La Plata. Of course, Buenos Aires may not lack on this Journey and so the Quartet continues its’ journey to the beautiful capitol of Argentina.
On the 16th edition of the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival the quartet will close off their tour.
Keep an eye on this page to stay up to date of the tour!
In February 2016 Tango Extremo did a tour throughout the whole of Russia. We had the honor to play in cities like Moscow, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Tomsk and Barnaul. During the tour we played with a philharmonic orchestra, gave workshops, did wonderful shows and traveled lots of kilometres by train and bus.
We’re very proud that dutch tv channel TV West made a documentary about this adventure. You can see the documentary below (in Dutch).
New York Round Midnight – “Swingin’ Harlem”
Actually, there should be a law against forbidding things.
New York Round Midnight is currently one of the greatest jazz productions for a broad audience and fans of live music. Eleven exquisite musicians from the Dutch jazz scene bring the audience to the golden times of jazz and let them experience how lively and urgent this music nowadays is.
Don’t flirt, don’t drink, brush your shoes and keep playing: those were the golden rules for musicians in the Harlem jazz clubs in the twenties and thirties.
Hardly anybody followed the rules, but that didn’t matter. While alcohol was forbidden the nightlife flourished like never before. A club was considered good only if they had a good jazzband on stage.
The production Swinging Harlem brings the audience deep into the night clubs of Harlem, New York where jazz music was the most important side issue in life. The rivalry and relaxed atmosphere caused the success of exciting music and gave birth to very important orchestras like the orchestras of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson. Characteristic musicians like Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller were embraced by the audience.
What was going on in de clubs of Harlem? What was the influence of the maffia and the jewish ‘Kosher Nostra’ on music? What is a flapper girl? And who is the reefer man?
The producers of the successful show ‘New York Round Midnight’ bring a brand new show full of great music, played by famous and talented Dutch jazz musicians in a great atmosphere and illustrated by exciting stories told by comedian and spoken word artist Jeffrey Spalburg and writer and presenter Koen Schouten.
Vocals/Spoken word: Jeffrey Spalburg
Vocals: Deborah J. Carter
Storyteller: Koen Schouten (author Jazzhelden, Volkskrant)
Piano: Miguel Rodriguez (Young VIP Tour 2014)
Trumpet: Ellister van der Molen
Alto sax: Rolf Delfos (Sena representative)
Tenor sax: Ben van den Dungen
Tenor sax: Alexander Beets
Double bass: Marius Beets (Sena representative)
Drums: Gijs Dijkhuizen
Director: Monique van Hinten
Tango Extremo presents: Club Vaudeville
In their new program ‘Club Vaudeville’, Tango Extremo will bring you back to the nightclubs of Paris and Berlin in the 1920’s and 30’s. There where jazz, folk and classical music blended together with variété and amusement. Enter ‘Club Vaudeville’ and get to know the place where nightowls and the flamboyant of this world meet.
Right after entering ‘Club Vaudeville’, Mackie Magnolia opens the night with “I’m just a gigolo”. It sets the mood for a night filled with too much alcohol, not enough love and everything our parents told us to stay away from. A world full of decadence, melancholic glamour and music. Music that doesn’t want to make things more attractive than they are, but just wants to make it intense and vivid. When Mackie Magnolia sings ‘Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin’ or ‘An den kleine Radioapparat’ you will feel like you are sitting in the Tingel Tangel theatre in Berlin. Just like ‘Si tu vois ma mer’ and ‘Un gamin de Paris’ will make the Folies Bergère and Moulin Rouge come alive before your eyes.
With ‘Club Vaudeville’, Tango Extremo presents to you their 8th theatre show. A musical ode to the strength of people to hold on and continue their lives, even if they’re ‘just a gigolo’.
Special Guest: Joris Lutz
Violin: Tanya Schaap
Saxophone: Ben van den Dungen
Accordion: Hans van der Maas
Piano: Rob van Kreeveld
Bass: Thomas Pol
Vocals: Job Hubatka
Soon we will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Miles! Starting from May 12, Miles will be touring in the clubs of The Netherlands. Would you like to celebrate it with us? Its a real happening! We take care of the legendary music!