• I just played a gig with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and it was just great. I started out on vibes because of Hamp. My parents had the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall album as their only jazz album, I heard Hamp and that was that. Next thing I know we are looking for a set of vibes in Hamburg. Tonight I had the honor of playing that music with the band of the great man. Speaking of coming full circle.

  • Getting my first (and last) samba dancing lesson from Samba Jazz East singer Angelita Li

  • My new band SAMBA JAZZ EAST just performed in Hong Kong and in Jakarta at the Java Jazz Festival.

  • With Leny Andrade, Cesar Camargo Mariano and Romero Lubambo. I am really only slightly taller than Leny. It's just an unfortunate angle.

  • With the Misha Tsiganov Trio in Almaty, Kazakhstan, April 2013

  • The Quartet plays the Brunch at the Blue Note in New York from time to time

  • 2013 - International Jazz Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

  • Oh yeah, the vibes............My first instrument, the harmonica entered the picture a little later.

  • Brazilian Fantasy Band featuring Angelita Li and Eugene Pao in Hong Kong, January 27th 2013

  • The brand new Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China. The Quartet East played there in November of 2012

  • My daughters, in Rio.

  • A nice shot from the Holiday show at the MIM in Phoenix, December 2012. I have known Jay and Marty Ashby for 19 years now and I have to say......I haven't aged a bit!

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I just played a gig with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and it was just great. I startd out on vibes because of Hamp. My parents had the Benny Goodman …

Só Danço Samba

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Só Danço Samba!

Getting my first (and last) samba dancing lesson from Samba Jazz East singer Angelita Li during our performance at Java Jazz, in …

Samba Jazz East at the Java Jazz Festival 2015

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My new band SAMBA JAZZ EAST just performed in Hong Kong and in Jakarta at the Java Jazz Festival.

A great …

Tucson Jazz Festival 2015

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Next festival gig will be on January 22nd at the Tucson Jazz Festival with my Gabriel Espinosa band,

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“…over the span of over two decades, Hendrik Meurkens (who also doubles on vibraphone) has become the de facto chromatic harmonica heir to Thielemans...” Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition

"Harmonica maestro Hendrik Meurkens and bassist Gabriel Espinosa share top billing, but the music seems to mark this as a Meurkens date. While each man contributes four songs to the program, Meurkens' harmonica is the guiding voice...Celebrando is worth savoring for the music." All About Jazz