Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Candy Dulfer: Prodigy Turned Pro

It's an age-old question—What's the secret of success? For Candy Dulfer, arguably the most commercially successful female sax player ever, the answer seems to include first-rate musicianship combined with a healthy dose of stage presence. To those attending their first Candy Dulfer concert, she must seem somewhat of an enigma. When she first takes the stage, tall, blonde, and beautiful, Dulfer seems more fashion model than musician—until she starts to play. Her towering spontaneous solos immediately grab one's attention. Her aggressive and funky style may remind some listeners of the late R&B tenor saxophonist Junior Walker. And when playing something more soft and sensual Dulfer is equally impressive, exhibiting the lyrical delivery of a contemporary Lou Donaldson colored somewhat with the tonal quality of her long-time idol David Sanborn. Her warm and engaging manner on stage is clearly genuine and quickly charms audiences, making them feel more like friends than fans. And Dulfer consistently delivers a show that exceeds fans' expectations, an R&B/jazz tour de force. Her success comes as no surprise to her numerous fans worldwide...

Read the complete article By Mikayla Gilbreath at allaboutjazz.com



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