Five For Friday: Hermine Deurloo

Almost exactly two years ago for an edition of Monday’s Music Moves Me, I featured harmonica players. One of the artists I featured was Dutch harmonicist Hermine Deurloo, a young woman from Amsterdam who’s played all over the world with jazz bands and symphonies. She has her own quartet and has recorded six albums. Her bio tells us she taught herself to play the harmonica while at the Amsterdam Conservatory studying saxophone. Her virtuosity rivals that of fellow Low Countryman Toots Thielemans. Here are five songs for your listening pleasure.

  1. "The Summer Knows": Michel Legrand’s theme for the 1971 movie Summer Of ’42 starring Jennifer O’Neill and Gary Grimes. Hermine is accompanied by Mike Boddé on piano, Sven Schuster on bass, and Pim Dros on drums.

  2. "Samba de um Breque": A song by Brazilian guitarist Guinga. Hermine is accompanied by Rembrandy Frerichs on piano, Jörg Brinkmann on cello (and I’ve never seen the cello played like a guitar before), and Julian Sartorius on drums.

  3. "Man With A Harmonica": Ennio Morricone’s theme for the 1968 Sergio Leone "spaghetti Western" Once Upon A Time In The West. She’s accompanied by Metropole Orkest under the direction of Vincent de Kort. Peter Tiehuis plays the guitar solo.

  4. "Hoop And Pole": Steve Gadd, who plays drums here, accompanied Hermine on her 2019 album Riverbeast. "Hoop and Pole" was written by Luca Benedetti, who also plays guitar. Jon Cowherd plays the Fender Rhodes piano and Tony Scherr plays bass.

  5. "Riverbeast": Title track from her most recent album, written by Hermine herself. Personnel are the same as on the previous track, plus Eilidh Martin and Annie Tangberg on cellos.

Hermine has a number of videos on YouTube and her music is on Spotify. She’s on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Enjoy!

That’s Five For Friday for November 12, 2021.

3 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Hermine Deurloo

  1. I’m always in awe of people who can play the harmonica so beautifully. I wonder what made her switch (because she’s obviously skilled at sax) and if she still plays it?

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    1. My guess is that she probably does still play sax, because she picked up the harmonica on the side while studying sax at the Conservatory. I don’t think she has any recordings with her on sax, but I could be wrong…

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