Reinier Voet (1962) released his new quartet album ‘IMAGES’. On this new album, the guitarist, who until now was best known for his gipsy jazz style, takes a new path with his own compositions and arrangements. Apart from Voet, the quartet is made up of musicians also known in jazz: Jelle van Tongeren (violin), Mischa Kool (double bass), and Harold Berghuis (rhythm guitar).
Number seven of the Reinier Voet & Pigalle44 catalogue is out! Karin van Kooten guests on violin. The recordings were made in the legendary Hilversum Studio, where Django did a live radio broadcast in 1937. Get your copy now!
Reinier goes back a long time with guitarist, composer and bandoneonplayer Dick Vanderharst. Already at Reinier’s graduation at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague they were musical friends. Since then they have been working together in many a project like Piceni with singer Nannette Currie. Not much of this group has been recorded and material of this is hard to find… It’s worth checking out the web for the album 20 Jaar De Vieze Gasten. Reinier and Dick are featured on De Kakkerlakkenkoningin and Tango Deprimo. (and for what’s more… Koen de Cauter is on this album as well!)
In the summer of 2018 Robin Nolan invited the band to come and play at his festival in the Bimhuis. Reinier invited Dick for this special event. The band rehearsed, played some gigs in Belgium to prepare a fun night at the Bimhuis
January 13th took the trio, with Karin van Kooten as a special guest, to the legendary Studio 2 of MCO (Muziek Centrum van de Omroep) in Hilversum.
The studio that was designed as the fist radiostudio for live music in Holland has seen many jazzheros since it was built in the early 1930ies.
Even Django has played there, as part of his short stay in Holland in November 1937. He was invited to play a live radioshow with members of the, then immensely popular, Dutch dance band The Ramblers.
Reinier cooked up a lovey set of Django tunes, gypsy jazz classics, more unknown material and of course some Voet tunes for a live cd-recording.
Reinier, Jan, Jet and Karin spent a productive afternoon and morning in the studio and the result is to there!
In the winter of 2017 Reinier, Jan and Karin were invited to play in Hotel Central in Den Bosch together with bassist Eric Timmermans.
As we had to pass some time we wandered around in the old town center of Den Bosch and stumbled on Pigalle12… A fun find!
Jan met Sims and Maggie, of Harmonious Wail, in the late 1990ies while touring the US with the Robin Nolan Trio.
What fun it was to host an evening with these musical friends in Kapitein Zeppos in 2015 when they toured Europe. The Pigalle44 trio supported them in a fun packed evening of songs. Karin van Kooten joined band as well for some tunes.
Reinier and the band are featured in Robin Nolan’s Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets magazine, and happy with Robin Nolan’s kind words!
“Kings Of Amsterdam Swing: Reinier Voet & Pigalle44”
I’ve known Reinier Voet and Jan Brouwer ever since I first moved to Amsterdam many years ago and have always looked up to them as experts in all things gypsy jazz and Django Reinhardt related. Jan played rhythm guitar in my trio in the late 90s and has always been one of my favorite guys to make music with. Reinier, somewhat a dark horse in the gypsy jazz world has always impressed me with his guitar playing. Whenever I would check him out over the years in the bars and cafe’s of Amsterdam he would surprise me with his beautiful, sensitive touch and deep understanding of Django’s music. We also share a love of Bireli Lagrene and have enjoyed many a beer raving about guitars and music till deep into the night.
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The summer of 2013 took the band to Samois. On the last day of the festival we met Patrus, of the Patrus53 Youtube channel and we played some songs for him.