Phil Bee’s Freedom
Winners of the Dutch Blues Challenge 2015. The jury was unanimous. Outstanding skills, repertoire and stage presence.
This sensational Dutch/Belgian band, excites the crowds with original blues tunes, mixing jazz and soul grooves, played by the finest musicians around.
Imagine 60-70’s Hammond and Rhodes, tight groovy rhythm section, 2 outstanding lead guitarists, creamy background singers, topped by Phil Bee’s white soul voice. Outstanding quality that will hit you like a freight train.
Vocals: Phil Bee
Winner Dutch Blues Award best vocalist 2015. Continental Records recording artist, former singer of multi award winning band King MO. Toured with the likes of Jan Akkerman, Steve Lukather, Noel Redding, Ana Popovic. Played i.e. at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Moulin Blues, BB King’s Blues Club (Memphis).
Guitar: Guy Smeets
Hottest young guitarist from the Netherlands (20), plays also with AJ Plug, nominee best guitarist in the Netherlands. Started playing at the age of 13, heroes amongst others Derek Trucks and John Mayer.
Guitar: Stef Paglia
Hottest young guitarist from Belgium. Plays also with the Bluesbones and his own trio. Touring through Europe, he’s happy to sit in with Phil Bee’s Freedom.
Keys: Pascal Lanslots
Winner Dutch Blues Award best keyboard player 2016. After graduating with honors at the conservatory, Hammond, piano and vintage keys player Pascal shared the stages all over the world with the likes of BB King, Tino Gonzalez and Chick Rodgers, at festivals like North Sea Jazz. Hammond endorsee.
Drums: Arie Verhaar
Started drumming after his high school, but made up by graduating from the Rotterdam Conservatory a few years later. Then toured worldwide with Kooymans/Carillo, Stefan Schill, Saskia Laroo, King MO to name a few.
Bass: Carlo van Belleghem
Well known freelancer in Belgium who has played many styles of music. But his passion is and stays in the blues. Bands he played with: Boogie Boy, Roland, Shirley Johnson, Marino Noppe, Last Call, Gerry Joe Weise, Phil Wiggins, George Kirby Jr. and that’s only in blues department …