Re: [Harp-L] Another Springtime by Jan Santen

Great Stuff...I got his CD via Amazon as an mp3 download...$8.99
Blues Girl Phyllis  

In a message dated 10/12/2014 2:36:32 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

My  friend and occasional student Jan Santen lives in Amsterdam and has 
taken part  in a number of my classes at the Harmonica Masters Workshops in 
Trossingen  over the past few years as well as studying with other teachers 
including Joe  Filisko, David Barrett, Dennis Gruenling and Howard Levy . He 
started playing  harmonica at the age of 71 and just turned 80 this summer. To 
mark the  occasion he's released a CD, appropriately entitled "Another 
Springtime",  which is now available from i-Tunes and Spotify.

For someone who has  been playing for such a short time and who started (if 
I may say so) at such  an advanced age, it's a remarkable achievement. 
Jan's playing is not unduly  complicated, but it's always well structured and 
appropriate and he has a  sound which many more experienced players would envy 
him for. However, for me  the most striking thing about it is his laid back 
feel for timing, it's  excellent and succeeds in making everything swing in 
a genuinely relaxed and  groovy way which even more players should envy him 

The reason why  I tell you this is that I believe it's enormously 
encouraging for people who  start playing a musical instrument late in life to hear 
just how far genuine  dedication and effort can get them. I hope that this 
record may inspire others  to find the trust and energy to put in the time and 
avoid resignation. I see  it as a signal of hope, good on ya Jan!

Steve  Baker

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