“ d’Z’s New Orleans Groove Jazz Funk sound isn’t something that you’d necessarily expect to come out of the Netherlands, yet the Arnhem based songwriter, producer and drummer composed one of the most tantalisingly perfect anthems to introduce the summer. I can quite honestly say that never a Jazz Funk track have I been bowled over by the lyrics at the same time as the massive sound which creates an up-beat cacophony of high vibe electricity.”
"Amazing, amazing soulful, sultry vocals of Katie Léone. Keeps you coming back for more as you hear her sing from lows to highs and all in between. Absolutely ABOVE PERFECT collaboration by the entire band. WOW! WJMX-DB Smooth Jazz Boston Global Internet Radio would be honored to broadcast this MASTERPIECE track."
Jeff Moses, founder and CEO of WJMX-DB Smooth Jazz Boston Global Internet Radio
“Take out all the best components from all the previous groovy, jazzy & funky musicians in the manner of influence and put into one perfect compound. Highly recommended!”
OneLuveFM, United Kingdom
“NO LESS THAN BREATHTAKINGLY IMPRESSIVE!”
“A tune as good as this needs to be played.”
Zone Radio, South Africa
Born to a conservative family in Rotterdam, gateway to Europe, the life of Dutch drummer and composer Hans-Peter de Zeeuw also known as d'Z changed at the age of nine when he took his first drum lesson. He sat down behind the drumkit, the feel of the drumstick comfortable as if they had been waiting for this moment to meet. He knew he was destined to be a drummer. By 19, d’Z attended the largest conservatory for pop, jazz and world music in Europe, being taught by leading musicians of the Netherlands. He thrived while exploring the richness of music’s different styles & genres. It wasn’t long before d'Z was a sought-after drummer known for his inherent sense of groove and ability to allow fellow musicians to shine. With his career as a professional drummer in full swing, d’Z took to composing his own music. Giving voice to the melodies that filled him and finding inspiration from Incognito, Steely Dan, The Brand New Heavies, Tower of Power and Gino Vannelli.
It wasn't until the summer of 2016, d'Z decided to record. His mandate was simple. An EP of music made without concessions. He hand chose five original tunes with the Jazz-Funk flavor he so loved and went straight to his favorite producer, Raoul Soentken. The two began making plans to record “Connected” using some of Holland’s finest musicians. In the very early stages of the journey, it was clear each song demanded a different vocalist which would prove to be a challenge the duo took on with gusto. The participation of Katie Léone (Incognito, The Brand New Heavies, Anastacia), lifted the project to a higher level. There was a buzz forming in the local music scene. Comments like “What a pleasant surprise”, “This is a HOT production” and “You guys sound brilliant on this”, were heard over and over again. After having recorded four out of five tunes (with Freddi Lubitz, a German singer/kick-ass bass player, Ingmar Glerum, a Dutch young vocal/guitar talent and Adriana Romeijn, a well-known singer in the Netherlands) there was one song proving difficult to find the right vocalist. Searching for the perfect fit, d’Z asked two times Grammy nominee Sandra St Victor (Prince, The Family Stand, Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield) to lend her soulful voice to the title song “Connected”. She accepted and the rest, as they say, is history!
d’Z’s much-anticipated album “Connected” was released June 2nd, 2018. With his often socially conscious lyrics and groove-based songs, d’Z feels the need to reach out, connect and – if only for a brief time – give people a place to feel love, hope and lightness. In the summer of 2019, the song Conviction ft Freddi Lubitz reached #1 for several weeks on the Jazz Juice Radio indie-charts in the UK.
d'Z is heavily influenced by the likes of Incognito, Steely Dan, The Brand New Heavies, Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Gino Vannelli, Jamiroquai, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Snarky Puppy, and Vufpeck.