RTDP and the Album ..’bout Time

The RTDP has been around as a successful jazz band for over 25 years, playing over 1,500 gigs for leading jazz festivals, jazz clubs and other events.
It’s…’bout Time.
The RTDP’s  trademarks are a distinct swinging groove and a dynamic, well balanced ensemble playing Chicago trad jazz to Swing and the  American Songbook standards from  1910- 1940.
It’s…’bout Time.
The present acclaimed frontline and swinging rhythm section team up regularly with top international guests, building up the momentum that led to recording this CD album.
It’s…’bout Time.
Please meet the band and its renowned guests, Rob Agerbeek, Adrienne West and Gaynel Hodge. And enjoy ‘All That Jazz’.
It’s got to be ‘bout Time!

The guests

Rob Agerbeek – piano

Rob Agerbeek is regarded as one of Europe’s finest jazz pianists, covering the full spectrum of jazz styles from his early days of Boogie-woogie to Chicago traditional Jazz, swing and contemporary jazz.
In his remarkable career of more than 50 years, he has played with a wide range of top international musicians including American Jazz greats such as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Ben Webster, Winton Marsalis, Nelson Wilson, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon, Clark Terry, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, Don Byas, Woody Shaw, Roy Hargrove and many others.  He has featured at the leading European Jazz Festivals and toured the world from the USA to Australia.

Rob has played for seven years with the legendary Dutch Swing College Band (DSC), has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival annually during the 70s and 80s alongside prominent American jazz musicians.  He joined the popular Diamond Five and later the Dixieland Pipers. Rob had his own quintet and quartet followed by the successful Rob Agerbeek Trio with which he has accompanied jazz singers such as Rita Reys, Adrienne West and Daisy Oosterhuis.

His discography of over 40 albums include a double LP with Dexter Gordon live at the Haagse Jazz Club, five CDs with the DSC and 10 recordings with his own bands.

Adrienne West – vocalist

A native New Yorker, Adrienne West began classical voice and piano study at age nine. She later combined some of the jazz she loved listening to at home with her classical studies. Now an internationally respected vocalist and actress, she performs in concerts, jazz festivals and clubs, as well as on TV and radio extensively throughout Europe and Africa in various formations from duo to big band. She also directs Master classes and Workshops for vocalists.

Adrienne performs alongside some of the world’s most prominent musicians including: Johnny Griffin, Buddy Tate, Jerome Richardson, Scott Hamilton, George Robert, Al Cohn, Arnett Cobb, Teddy Edwards, Clark Terry, Joe Newman, Benny Bailey, Slide Hampton, Kenny Burrell and Billy Cobham.

She also teamed up and recorded with the Radio Big Band in Koln, Hamburg, Frankfurt and other big bands in Europe. She appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning “ Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” and subsequently toured Europe for five years. Together with her husband David she has written and produced ”Royal Court – A Theatrical Jazz Tribute to Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole”.

Gaynel Hodge – vocalist

Gaynel Hodge is an outstanding Blues and Jazz musician and a Grammy™ Nominated Recording artist, singer, songwriter and a pianist. In his impressive career he was  co-author of the Platinum hit 1950s song ”Earth Angel”, founding member and musical director of such famous groups as The Platters, The Turks, and The Hollywood Flames, and joined the world famous Ink Spots on their European tours in the 70s. Gaynel was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

Gaynel has written, sung, or played in numerous hits by Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Guitar Watson, Dr. John, Lou Rawls, Ted Taylor, Little Johnny Taylor and just about anyone who recorded in and out of the Los Angeles area.

His recent work includes the production of an acclaimed smooth jazz CD. Hodge and his Phoenix-based colleagues deliver inventive improvisation bolstered by a strong swing feeling, two important elements of both jazz and blues.

RTDP – the Band

Frans van Wasbeek – trumpet

Frans is well established in the Chicago style trad Jazz scene and has extended his styles to include swing, blues and the American Songbook repertoire.   He has played in various well established bands such the Uralsky All Stars, the South African New Aces Jazz Band and the Dutch All Stars Jazz Band.

Frans obtained international recognition during many performances at  leading international jazz festivals and jazz clubs abroad such as in central Europe, Scandinavia, the UK, South Africa and Latin America. Joe Murany, former Louis Armstrong clarinet player said:  “It was nice playing with you in Salgotarjan, Hungary “great solo on ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’!

Domagoy Ralasic – tenor sax and clarinet

Domagoy is an internationally acknowledged jazz musician. He studied at Rotterdam Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

He has worked and recorded with international jazz greats such as Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Ronnie Cuber, Martin Drew, Alvin Queen & N.H.O. Pedersen (latest Oscar Peterson’s Rhythm Section), Eddie Gomez, Omara Portuondo (the star of Buena Vista Social Club), Bryan Ferry, Chris Norman (of “Smokie”), Jimmy Woode (bassist of Duke Ellington), Shawn Monteiro, Al Foster, Reggie Workman, Reggie Johnson, Joe Pass and Doug Sides.

Domagoy features  on many other critically acclaimed  albums including:
“The Bag is Packed”, with Benny Bailey/Timeless Records,
”Reaching for the Star”, Chicago 2000, with Don Bennett, Jesse Davis, Malachi Thompson,
“A Day in Manhattan” NYC 2002, Laika Records, with Al Foster and Reggie Workman.

Four quotes from a selection of international press reviews of  Domagoy’s albums tell the story:

“A new name to remember” – Jazz Cadence New York, …”Deeply rooted in Chicago tenor sax school” – Chicago Sun-Times .. “That  guy is really something” – Jazz Journal London .. .”Overtuigende expressie met zeggingskracht” – Rotterdams Dagblad

Domagoy was invited to join the band in 2010.

Henk van Muijen – trombone

Henk is an established jazz musician, covering  styles from trad jazz to swing, blues, the American Songbook and big band repertoire. He has a long track record in successful trad jazz formations and with a big band.

He has played with, amongst others, the legendary Down Town Jazz Band and Ted Easton Jazz Band.  While with Ted Easton he teamed up with many international jazz greats and recorded many albums with them on the Ted Easton label, “Riff”.

Henk has made recordings with: Billy Butterfield, Dick Cary, Gene “Mighty Flea” Conners, Wallace Davenport, Vic Dickenson, Wild Bill Davidson, Bud Freeman, Bobby Hackett, Peanuts Bucko, Jimmy en Marian Mc-Partland, Maxine Sullivan, Buddy Tate and many others.

Steven Nederhorst – bandleader, guitar and tenor banjo

Steven has been with the RTDP from day one, starting when the renowned Cees van den Heuvel on trumpet, led the band to their early success. Initially trained in the Django Reinhardt style of guitar playing, he developed a fluent swinging and melodic base to support the frontline. On his top vintage Paramount tenor banjo he has received critical acclaim for his ensemble playing and soloing. He covers a wide ranging repertoire from trad jazz to swing, blues and the American Songbook repertoire.

Over the years he has teamed up various leading musicians in different line-ups including members of the Dutch Swing College Band, (DSC) (Peter Schilperoort, Bert de Kort, Eddy Ham, Frits and George Kaatee, Bob van Oven), Daisy Oosterhuis , Colin Bowen, Bruno Van Accoleyen and many others. He took over as bandleader of the RTDP in 2010 with the formation of the present frontline, taking the band on to ever new musical exploits.

Tom Wigmore – double bass

Tom is known as a swinging musician proficient in jazz styles ranging from trad jazz to mainstream.  He has featured in line ups including trios, quartets, quintets, trad bands, gypsy jazz formations, blues bands and big bands. His fine”walking bass” style forms a catching, swinging and solid base to the rhythm section.

As a classically trained musician, his musical talents extend further to classical music and folk and he performs regularly with a symphony orchestra, a folk quartet and the chamber orchestra Touché conducted by Andràs Cifra .

He has performed with acclaimed musicians such as the fine gypsy guitar player Jan Limberger, (uncle of the legendary Rosenberg Trio musicians), the famous accordion player Zoltan Migovics, percussionist Udo Demandt, and Hungarian saxophone player Akos Laki.

Pier Manger Cats – drums

Pier is another long-serving RTDP member and a multi-talented musician.  At an early age he started playing piano and accordion but switched to drums and percussion when he was 12 and never looked back. At the centre of the RTDP second line he is the ‘time keeper’ with a supportive swing, covering the entire range of the band’s styles with verve.

As a percussionist (conga’s, bongo’s, rattles, guiro, cowbell etc. etc.) he joined the Latin and Soul band Cadena in 2006. He plays percussion instruments in the symphony orchestra Musica Instrumentalis that performs regularly with renowned guests and he participates in JMC-Music.

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To get an impression of the CD ’bout Time! please listen to the 14 samples below

  1. Undecided
  2. Every Day I Have The Blues
  3. Smile
  4. Indiana (Back Home In)
  5. Stranger On The Shore
  6. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  7. St Louis Blues Boogie Woogie
  8. What A Wonderful World
  9. Makin’ Whoopee
  10. Royal Garden Blues
  11. Willow Weep For Me
  12. Shine
  13. Our Love Is Here To Stay
  14. It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing