Gijs Hendriks

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Gijs Hendriks (born February 26, 1938 in Varkensmarkt near Utrecht ; † May 21, 2017 in Utrecht) was a Dutch jazz musician ( tenor , soprano , baritone and alto saxophone , clarinet and composition ).


Hendriks had his first professional engagement as a jazz musician in a club of the US military in Frankfurt am Main in 1955. He lived in Germany, France and Morocco and did not return to Holland until the early 1960s, where he became a member of Boy Edgar's big band . Then he played with his own groups, e.g. B. in the 1980s in a quartet with Stan Tracey (piano), Bert van Erk (bass) and John Engels (drums). He made his debut recording under his own name in 1972 ( Rockin ' , Polydor); In 1977 "Close to the Edge" was released with Siegfried Kessler , an electric piano with which he already went on tour in 1957.

In 1971 he received the Wessel-Ilcken Prize , in 1978 the Culture Prize of the City of Utrecht and in 1983 the VARA Jazz Award. In 1995 he was honored with the Silver City Pfenning of Utrecht.

In addition to the saxophone, he also played the church organ and piano.

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  1. Obituary (Dutch)
  2. Death report (Dutch), accessed on July 6, 2017
  3. meeting