01APR2022 | ALIVE & PLAYING
After a few warm up months behind me with preperations, rehearsals and occasional gigs, now my agenda is approaching its pre-covid look. So excited! Check here:
Composer/arranger Koen van Baal and I are co-writing, arranging and recording the music of german singer/songwriter Max M. Lueders. The Baarn Project is set up last september and has had it’s ‘birth’ right before Xmas with the release of the first track ‘Memories’. Producing this ambitious project is a thrill. To be working with so many talented, creative people, an indescribable joy. All great names in the Dutch music scene: Leendert Haaksma (guitars), Simone Pormes & Dedre Twiss (backing vocals), Ilse de Vries (bass) and Holger Schwedt (studio engineer). The complete setlist should be ready -and I mean READY!- for any live concerts as soon as ‘live’ is possible. Until then stay tuned for our new releases and streams!
Another great thing that I would like to share is the facelift my beloved Amsterdam audio/video studio underwent. It looks great, sounds great and opens up new possibilities for video recording, online teaching, etc. My great friend photographer/graphic designer Meriel Verheul took some pictures to share the atmosphere with y’all. Thanks, dear! And the first videos shot here are in the making. Stay tuned!
CHRIS MULLER QUARANTINE TRIO
A ‘social distancing’ collaboration with pianist Chris Muller and double bassist Bart Tarenskeen resulted in three unexpectedly pleasant video’s, recorded long distance at our home studios in April May and June of this year. One Wayne Shorter track and two Chris Muller originals and all great arrangements also by the latter. Hope you enjoy!
Yes and No – Wayne Shorter
Anticipation – Chris Muller
Lost Changes – Chris Muller
Video project with GALLOWAY|BRINKE COLLECTIVE
feat. DEBORAH CARTER
At the same time this is a wonderful period full of inspiration!
This production was made in celebration of International Jazz Day 2020International Jazz Day is declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.” It is celebrated annually on April 30th. Special thanks to all musicians involved! You guys are incredible! And Quarantine salutes to ALL of our loved ones, family, friends & fans out there on all continents. Stay Healthy & Sane. Jazz is Our Joy! Jazz Is Our Medicine! Keep Swinging!
FRANC’s ONLINE DRUMLESSONS
One thing leads to another. Already for years I wanted to be available for online lessons. I now finally realized it in less then one week, also thanks to the help that I got from my students Floris and Servio. For my current students I am available with state of the art online sessions starting tomorrow! And if you want to start as a new student, just let me know! I feel this is going to be a lot of fun!
UPCOMING SHOWS: ALL CANCELED…
PAST FAVOURITE CONCERTS, EVENTS & MORE:
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MooijOntwerp and JELL Fotografie hebben voor mij een prachtige portretserie gemaakt voor mijn nieuwe website, met werktitel LETSBEFRANC.ORG. Thnx, guys!
15MAR 2020,16h | TOM BEEK & FRIENDS @JSW CANCELED
Tom and I know each other for a long time, we both grew up musically in Leiden. Couple of years ago we joined the Quintet of trombone player Bart Lust -who sadly passed away two years ago-. We recorded the album ‘Don’t Touch the Bell’ and toured for some years. Check the titletrack in the player on this website!
Our mutual Leiden buddy Karel Boehlee and superbassist Boudewijn Lucas join us on March 15th for what seems to become a ‘Sort of Michael Brecker’ tribute.
29DEC 2019 | CHANUKAH CONCERT @CONCERTGEBOUW
Percussion and drums in the Concertgebouw is always special, obviously. But this concert, with famous Kantor Netanel Hershtik and dear friend/conductor Jules van Hessen and his Maestro Jules Orchestra, was extra special due to the level of performance of everybody invloved and the wonderful audience. An honour honoring Jewish traditions…
17NOV 2019, 16h | PAUL VAN KESSEL IN CONCERT @JSW
With Karel Boehlee, Dave Breidenbach acompanying one of my favorite Dutch jazz/r&b vocalists was incredible.
11MAR, 21h | NEL SESSION BRAZIL EDITION
Every Mondaynight and one of the best jazzsessions in town, Nel Sessions is. Hosted by Daan Herweg & Laurens Priem already for quite some years. A lot of great musicians, great music, always fun. Tonight the BRAZIL EDITION with music of Elis Regina, Gilberto Gil, Leny Andrade, Tom Jobim, and many more!
NOV2018 TOON ROOS BAND @ Jazz Societeit Wassenaar
A priviledge to perform with one of Holland’s -if not Europe’s- top jazz performers -and one of my dearest friends-. Toon Roos is a multi prize-winning and honoured saxophonist and composer, who has shared the stage with some of the greatest in jazz, like Joe Zawinul (Weather Report), Steely Dan, Toots Thielemans and Peter Erskine (Weather Report & Steps Ahead). With Karel Boehlee (piano), Boudewijn Lucas (bass) and myself (drums). Check the live recordings from this concert on Soundcloud
09SEP | 2000 Drummers Aan Zee-Cesar Zuiderwijk
Thanks Cesar Zuiderwijk for incorporating me in your fantastic ‘2000 Drummers Aan Zee’-project. What an experience that was!
18MAY | WASSENAAR JAZZ NIGHT
Jazz Sociëteit Wassenaar celebrated the end of the season with an exhilerating live-music night hosted by Frits Landesbergen (vibes) & me. They held the seats in the houseband together with Karel Boehlee (piano) & Boudewijn Lucas (bas). Guest appearances by artists booked for the upcoming season, such as Toon Roos (sax), Ellister van der Molen (trp), Bob Wijnen (pno), Charli Green (trp) en Bert Damsma (dbl bass).
4,5,6,10,11,12MAY|OORLOGSWINTER (WARWINTER), THE MUSICAL-Opmeer, Noord-Holland. Appropriately premiered on MAY 4th and staged at a regional prominent Second World War site, I held the drummers’ seat as this impressive musical was being performed.
18MAR 2018|Humphrey Campbell & Trio Karel Boehlee @ Jazz Sociëteit Wassenaar
Karel Boehlee, Theo de Jong and yours truly performed jazz and soul songs with one of Holland’s greatest vocalists, mr. HUMPHREY CAMPBELL. Surprise guest was Bird Award winning saxophonist Toon Roos.
Dear friend and mentor HANS CLEUVER passed away March 4th. Rest in Peace, Hans. You will be missed.
07JAN 2018|Miranda Melger CD presentation, De Prael- recordings started last summer, i did some percussion dubs in november. Check www.mirandamelger.nl
Did some marvelous concerts with Maestro Jules van Hessen & his orchestra accompanying percussiongroup Percossa and the wonderful Luisa Sobral, composer of the winning Portuguese song at the European Songfestival 2017. Grand Palace, Monte Carlo & Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Nothing compares!
16OCT 2017|WellHalo benefit concert, Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden- a very special concert with many famous Dutch artists, such as Pia Douwes, Stanley Burleson, Tony Neef, Tim Welvaars & Bert van der Brink. Orchestra lead by wonderful friend & pianist Bernd van der Bos.
29OCT 2017|Jazz Societeit Wassenaar EDWIN RUTTEN & FRIENDS- the first of yet another sparkling series of outstanding jazzconcerts. Edwin Rutten is a #1 TV personality and a veteran performer. But not enough people realize he started out as a jazz drummer & vocalist. Such fun & honour to play with him again!
20NOV 2016|TOOTS THIELEMANS TRIBUTE
featuring Karel Boehlee & Tim Welvaars.
Een bijzondere middag geheel gewijd aan de onlangs overleden, wereldberoemde mondharmonica-speler Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans. Met een all-star bezetting werden zijn favoriete composities uitgevoerd, waaronder Bluesette (Toots’ ‘pensioentje’), Dat Mistige Rooie Beest (uit de film ‘Turks Fruit’), Velas (compositie van Ivan Lins met Toots in de uitvoering van Quincy Jones) en nog veel meer! www.jazzsocieteitwassenaar.nl
20NOV 2016|GALLOWAY BIGBAND LIVE
My pleasure! Na eengedenkwaardige middagconcert met de muziek van Toots Thielemans in Wassenaar speelde ik ‘s avonds met de Amerikaanse trombonist T.S. Galloway en zijn bigband in De Nieuwe KHL te Amsterdam.
The All American Evening Festival had a very successfull launch last 22SEP. Great Blues and on behalf of JSW a great line up with the likes of Frits Landesbergen, Baer Traa, Karel Boehlee, Marcel Schimscheimer and me, myself and I.
APRIL 2016|Rick Margitza Group toured Holland
Margitza played with Miles Davis(!), Maynard Ferguson, McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea, was guest soloist for WDR Bigband and Royal Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra. Now back in Holland for a series of intimate quartet concerts. With Rick Margitza (tenor sax), Martijn van Iterson (guitar), Frans van der Hoeven (double bass), Franc auf dem Brinke (drums).
TRIO BOEHLEE•DEJONG•BRINKE Available for concerts throughout 2016! With Karel Boehlee (piano, keys), Theo de Jong (bass), Franc auf dem Brinke (drums).
22NOV 16h-JAZZ IN AALSMEER!
Coming Sunday Franc hosts a Jazzy Sunday Afternoon at Restaurant 8CHT Aalsmeer. Jazz & Funk originals & standards with a special guest: the amazing Tom Beek (sax). And with Karel Boehlee (keys) and Theo de Jong (bass). Great drinks & food, entrance free! See you there!
Presenting Rogério Bicudo’s SAMBANOVO with Karel Boehlee & Theo de Jong
-check our dates!