Friday, 23 August 2013

In memoriam BOB PORTER (Bob Van Peborgh) 1945-2013 (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

Very sad news from Belgium: on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 in his native Lier, Bob Porter (pseudonym of Bob Van Peborgh) passed away. He was only 68 years old.


A genuine multi-instrumentalist, Bob Porter alternatively played the flute, piano, Rhodes piano, synthesizer, and vibraphone. For many years, he was a member of Etienne Verschueren's BRT Jazz Orchestra, of which he became the chief conductor in 1987. Four years later, the orchestra was disbanded. In the 1990s, he worked freelance as an arranger for many artists in the Netherlands and Belgium, including Günther Neefs.

In 1996, Bob Porter conducted the final of 'De Gouden Zeemeermin', that year's Eurovision pre-selection, held in Knokke. He also accompanied the winner of that competition, Lisa Del Bo, to the international festival final in Oslo, conducting the Norwegian Radio Orchestra for her performance. With her song 'Liefde is een kaartspel' (composed by John Terra and arranged by Pino Marchese), Lisa Del Bo obtained a sixteenth position for Belgium.

More information about Bob Porter can be found on And The Conductor Is, the home of All Conductors of Eurovision:
http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=249

Photo: Bob Porter at the 1972 Jazz Middelheim Festival as part of the Palle Mikkelborg Sextet. A link to the performance: http://www.cobra.be/cm/cobra/videozone/archief/redactietips-cobra/jazzmiddelheim-museum/1.1054365 

Monday, 19 August 2013

JOSÉ LUIS NAVARRO (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

JOSÉ LUIS NAVARRO

José Luis Navarro, Spanish pianist and arranger who worked with Julio Iglesias, was the conductor for Spain in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest.

A short biography of José Luis Navarro can be found at:

http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=215

If you have more information about José Luis Navarro or know how to get in touch with him for an interview, please leave a message via the contact form of the www.andtheconductoris.eu website (section 'about').

 

MAGDI VASCO NOVERRAZ (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

MAGDI VASCO NOVERRAZ

Magdi Vasco Noverraz, pianist and keyboard player from Martinique (French Antilles), was the conductor for France in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest.

A short biography of Magdi Vasco Noverraz can be found at:

http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=328

If you have more information about Magdi Vasco Noverraz or know how to get in touch with him for an interview, please leave a message via the contact form of the www.andtheconductoris.eu website (section 'about').

 

THIERRY DURBET (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

THIERRY DURBET

Thierry Durbet, French arranger, was the conductor for Luxembourg in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest.

A short biography of Thierry Durbet can be found at:
http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=83

If you have more information about Thierry Durbet or know how to get in touch with him for an interview, please leave a message via the contact form of the www.andtheconductoris.eu website (section 'about').

 

PETER JACQUES (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

PETER JACQUES

A comprehensive English career overview of Peter Jacques has been published at
http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=139

Peter Jacques conducted Switzerland's entries in the Eurovision Song Contests of 1975 and 1977.

Some random facts about Peter Jacques:
* Born in Czechoslovakia, 1935, as the son of a Belarusian violinist and a Swiss mother
* Repatriated to Switzerland after the war, studied classical piano at the Winterthur Conservatory, but took up a passion for jazz.
* After doing a stint with Chet Baker in Milan, Peter Jacques moved to Sweden, where he worked as a pianist and arranger for eight years (1956-1964).
* Worked and lived in Munich for nine years (1964-1973) as a freelance arranger, working for (amongst others) BBC and ZDF Television.
* Became one of the Kapellmeisters of the DRS Big Band, the orchestra of German-Swiss radio, where he stayed until the orchestra's demise (1973-1986).
* Hosted programme 'Jazz in Concert' on Swiss TV for ten years (1983-1993).
* Performed solo as a pianist-keyboardist-singer for Kofi Annan in Accra (1999).

Find out much more about Peter Jacques's life story and Eurovision memories at
http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=139

 

Friday, 16 August 2013

DICK BAKKER (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

DICK BAKKER

A comprehensive English career overview of Dick Bakker has been published at http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=17

Dick Bakker conducted the Netherlands' entries in the Eurovision Song Contests of 1996, 1997, and 1998

Some random facts about Dick Bakker:
* Born 1947, Blaricum
* Studied composition at Hilversum's conservatory
* Worked as a sound engineer before becoming involved in arranging lots of hit material, e.g. by the George Baker Selection and Shocking Blue.
* Composed 'Ding-a-dong' (winner Eurovision 1975) and 'I remember Elvis Presley' (1977)
* Later specialized in composing advertising music
* Conductor of the Metropole Orchestra from 1992 to 2005

Find out much more about Dick Bakker's life story and Eurovision memories at http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=17