I N S P I R E D B Y...
... the drive of Oscar Peterson and Monty Alexander, the swing of Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O'Day, Jobim's bossa nova feel, the beat of Sergio Mendes, Art Blakey's high energy, the grooveof Les McCann and Winifred Atwell's ruthless ragtimes and Pia's Boogie - to mention a few of my inspirational sources...
O T H E R S A B O U T M E
"It's all too rare in jazz: women who sing and play their own material. Heleen does just that."
Hans Mantel, bassist, radio and tv producer
"Straight to the heart of jazz! Good timing, fine harmonies and nice melodies in adistinct and recognizable style."
Theo de Jong, bassist
"To me, Heleen is not only singing with her voice, but also on and through the piano."
Walter Bertram, pianist
"With her musical talent, the atmosphere she creates, her leadership, choice of songs, and personality, Heleen enables her guests to excell. This all is given to only a few, but she
owns each of these qualities."
Harry Emmery, bassist