Level Eye Rhythm & Blues/Soul music from Holland - Group

Yvette de Vrij (Ivy) - vocals

Ivy (1955) grew up with black soul and jazz musicians like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Etta James, Otis Redding, Ella Fitzgerald, Gospel music.

She has been traveling and doing a lot of artistic research, but it was not until in her twenties that she found her passion, heart and voice. Singing with a new born Amsterdam Street Band they toured around  Europe for a year, trying to make a living.

Back home in Amsterdam while performing at the Amsterdam Uitmarkt, she was asked to join Arthur Conley's former back up band. This new Rhythm & Blues formation was called Ivy & The Terrace Tones and Ivy quickly gained a reputation in the Dutch popscene as being ‘one of the few female singers 'with balls'. Every word she sings comes from her toes and goes right through her heart to her mouth’ (Jan Mom / Stad Radio Amsterdam).
She was nominated  at the Amsterdam Paradiso singers’ contest as one of today's great female singers.
Ivy & The Terrace Tones recorded a live album 'A Shot of Rhythm & Blues’ at the Amsterdam Melkweg (1985, Blue Shadow BS4701).

Not long after the release of the album, again adventure and freedom lured Ivy away from Holland and together with Jan R. they have been travelling and performing ever since…

Jan R. Felperlaan - bass guitar, acoustic guitar, engineering

Jan R. (1952) studied biology at the university of Amsterdam before he dedicated himself to music.
He collaborated with various groups like Los Bandos, Quartelli Bros, Blues Bastards, Ivy & the Terracetones, The Amsterdam Street Band, Circus Hazzard.
He accompanied  Hans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer at the North Sea Jazz Festival and Rinus Groeneveld.

As a completely self-taught musician he knows how to handle his Leduc 5-string bass.
As a self-made man he knows how to get the engines running and keep the music on the road.

His inspiration comes from bass players like Jaco Pastorius, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller.

 

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