Candy Dulfer

Candy Dulfer

born on 19/9/1969 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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Candy Dulfer

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Candy Dulfer (born 19 September 1969) is a Dutch pop, funk alto saxophonist and occasional singer who began playing at the age of six. She founded her band, Funky Stuff, when she was fourteen years old. Her debut album Saxuality (1990) received a Grammy nomination. Dulfer has released eleven studio albums, two live albums, and one compilation album. She has performed and recorded songs with musicians including her father Hans Dulfer, Prince, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison, Angie Stone, and Maceo Parker, and has performed live with Alan Parsons (1995), Pink Floyd (1990), and Tower of Power (2014). She hosted the Dutch television series Candy meets... (2007), in which she interviews fellow musicians. In 2013 she became a judge in the fifth season of the Dutch version of X Factor.

Early life

The daughter of saxophonist Hans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer was born on September 19, 1969 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[1] She began playing the drums at the age of five.[2] As a six-year-old, she started to play the soprano saxophone. At age seven, she switched to alto saxophone and later began playing in a local concert band Jeugd Doet Leven (English translation: "Youth Brings Life") in Zuiderwoude.[2]

Dulfer played her first solo on stage with her father's band De Perikels ("The Perils").[1] At age eleven, she made her first recordings for the album I Didn't Ask (1981) of De Perikels.[2] In 1982, when she was twelve years old, she played as a member of Rosa King's Ladies Horn section at the North Sea Jazz Festival. According to Dulfer, King encouraged her to become a band leader. In 1984, at age fourteen, she started the band Funky Stuff.[1]

Musical career

Dulfer's band performed throughout the Netherlands and in 1987 was the opening act for two of Madonna's European concerts.[1][2]

In 1988 Prince invited Dulfer on stage to play an improvised solo during one of his European shows.[1] In 1989 Dulfer appeared in Prince's "Partyman" video.[2]

Dulfer performed session work with Eurythmics guitarist and producer Dave Stewart and was a guest musician for Pink Floyd during the band's performance at Knebworth in 1990,[3][4] from which several tracks were released on a multi-artist live album and video, Live at Knebworth '90.[5]

Dulfer's debut album, Saxuality, was released in 1990 and was nominated for a Grammy and certified gold for worldwide sales in excess of half a million. Dulfer has also had smooth jazz chart hits such as "For The Love of You" and "Finsbury Park, Cafe 67".

Dulfer was also the featured saxophonist on Van Morrison's A Night in San Francisco, an album in 1993,[6] and performed with Alan Parsons and his band at the World Liberty Concert in 1995.

Dulfer collaborated with her father Hans Dulfer on the duet album Dulfer Dulfer in 2001.[6] She joined Prince's band in 2004 for his Musicology Live 2004ever tour.[7]

In 2007, she released her ninth studio album Candy Store. The album reached a No. 2 position in Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz charts.[8] Her songs "Candy Store" and "L.A. Citylights" reached the No. 1 position in Smooth Jazz National Airplay charts in the United States.[9]

Dulfer is mostly a self-taught musician except for some training in a concert band and a few months of music lessons.[1]

In 2007, Dulfer was the presenter and interviewer in Candy meets..., her own television program for public broadcaster NPS. In the series she met with Sheila E., Maceo Parker, Hans Dulfer, Van Morrison, Dave Stewart, and Mavis Staples.[10]


  • Saxuality (1990)
  • Sax-a-Go-Go (1993)
  • Big Girl (1995)
  • For the Love of You (1997)
  • The Best of Candy Dulfer (1998)[11]
  • Girls Night Out (1999)
  • What Does It Take (1999)
  • Dulfer Dulfer (2002)
  • Right in My Soul (2003)
  • Candy Store (2007)
  • Funked Up & Chilled Out (2009)
  • Crazy (2011)
  • Together (2017)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Candy Dulfer. Bio. Full bio". Retrieved 27 November 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d e (in Dutch) Candy Dulfer biografie. Retrieved on 27 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Live at Knebworth 1990". Live at Knebworth DVD Review. Pink Floyd News Resource. Retrieved 5 September 2008. As far as the Floyd selection here...a nice performance of "Shine On", with a lovely solo from the Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer... 
  4. ^ "Live! at Knebworth". Studio: Image Entertainment, ASIN: B000006IFF. Retrieved 5 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus. ISBN 978-1-84938-370-7. 
  6. ^ a b "Candy Dulfer. Bio. Discography". Retrieved 20 December 2007. 
  7. ^ Andrew Dansby (March 24, 2004). "Prince Sets "Musicology" Date". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top Contemporary Jazz. Candy Store". Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Smooth Jazz National Airplay". Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2007. 
  10. ^ (in Dutch) Candy meets Archived 13 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  11. ^ "Candy Dulfer. Multimedia. Audio". Retrieved 4 October 2009. 

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