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Music makes Friends

Yes that is true. Very often, in my musical career, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow musicians and people who were musically involved in other ways. All of them showed great creative quality, that often surprised and stunned me. And very very often I found out how kind and friendly they were.
While digging through old songs and looking for material to work on I sometimes find a song, that is not so well known, but proves to be a little gem. And than, my fingers start itching. I wanna do that song. Often not so much information about these songs can be found. Even for a Professor.

In moments like that it is a great privilege to have friends and contacts around the world. There is always one or two who can help me along. For example the song “Tappin The Barrel” by Ned Washington, Victor Young and Joe Young written in 1934. I could not find the lyrics somewhere on the web. So I tried to pick them up from existing recordings. Problem was, the song is sung with a slur; it is about a guy who is Tappin the Barrel,  so there you go. I got the priceless help of Andy Senior, the man behind The Syncopated Times and the Radiola podcasts in getting the lyrics together. So, here it is!


When I was looking for information about a song called “What’s the reason” I got a few valuable tips from a man (I think his name is Bob Moke) who runs a YT channel called Musicprof78. And here is the result:


Livingroom concerts – Huiskamer concerten

I am very glad to be part of the line-up of some great festivals in the next few months. It is always a great pleasure to meet up with people I know, whether they are in the audience or playing the same stage. And meeting new people is so good too. Coming up are the  festival in Poznan Poland and Ukestock in the  Netherlands.

There is another type of concerts I love to do very much and that is Livingroom concerts and small intimate shows for Ukeclubs. Being close to the audience, having lots of interaction is really a great thing to do.  And when there are lots of uke players around the fun is double for there is always loads to talk about. A nice example was the concert in Köln, Germany a couple of months ago. I would not mind to do this kind of thing more often.

Here is a short video showing showing the great atmosphere:


Ik ben erg blij in de komende maanden op een paar geweldige festivals te kunnen spelen. Het is altijd erg plezierig mensen te ontmoeten die ik ken of ze nu in het publiek zitten of op hetzelfde podium staan.  Natuurlijk is het ook geweldig leuk nieuwe mensen te leren kennen. Het festival in Poznan Polen  en Ukestock in Groningen komen er aan. 

Er is een ander type concerten dat ik erg leuk vind om te doen: huiskamerconcerten en kleine intieme optredens bij ukulele clubs. Dicht bij het publiek met veel interactie is heel leuk om te doen. En als er veel ukulele spelers bij zijn is het dubbel leuk omdat er altijd veel te bepraten valt. 

Een leuk voorbeeld was het concert in Keulen enkele maanden geleden. Ik zou het niet erg vinden dit baker te doen. Hierboven een korte video die de ambiance goed weergeeft




A third duet with Floor.

I had the pleasure of singing a duet with Floor again. This song, called “Who Wouldn’t” has been recorded by Johhny Marvin in 1926 and as a duet by Aileen Stanley and Billy Murray. The music was written by Walter Donaldson, the words by Gus Kahn. It is great fun to do a kind of conversation while singing a song together.

This is already the third song we did together. I’ve been thinking about which next!

Here’s the other two, “Under the Moon” (This version can be found on my CD as well) and “Red Lips kiss my blues away”



Prof Peter’s CD reviewed

Two very positive reviews about my CD I picks up my ukulele were published recently. Obviously I am very glad about them. So I proudly present them in this blog.

The first one appeared in The Syncopated Times, a magazine about jazz and swing.

Click the link for enlargement: Syncopated Times 2017-09 recensie

And the next review appeared on the website of Ukeplanet.   Clicking this image wil take you to the review itself.

Twee erg positieve recensies zijn verschenen over mijn CD I picks up my ukulele. Met enige trots laat ik ze hier zien.

De eerste verscheen in het tijdschrift The Syncopated Times, een blad over jazz en swing. De twee werd gepubliceerd op de website van Ukeplanet.

Klik op de links of eea te lezen.


100 jaar – De Stijl – 100 years

100 Years ago, in 1917, an artistic movement was grounded in the Netherlands. It was called De Stijl in Dutch (translates as The Style). A number of well known painters and architects joined this movement.  A journal going by the same name was being published which served as a means to propagate the groups theories. You can read more about it on Wikipedia.

100 Jaar geleden, in 1917, werd in Nederland een artistieke beweging opgericht, genaamd “De Stijl”. Schilders en architecten verzamelden zich in deze groep (oa Mondriaan en Gerrit Rietveld). Daarnaast werd een tijdschrift met de zelfde naam opgericht, wat tot doel had de ideeën van deze groep naar buiten te brengen. Meer hierover valt te lezen op Wikipedia.


All year round the founding of De Stijl is remembered and celebrated in our country. On august 27 a festival is held in De Klanksteen in Utrecht, a bandstand bearing the primary colors characteristic for De Stijl. And Prof Peter has been invited to play some music of that era. He has been digging in his wardrobe to find a fitting costume. He was thinking of something in black, white, yellow, blue and red.

Het hele jaar door zijn er in Nederland evenementen georganiseerd, om het honderjarig bestaan van De Stijl te vieren. Op 27 augustus wordt in De Klanksteen in Utrecht  een festival georganiseerd in het kader van 100 jaar De Stijl. Prof Peter is uitgenodigd om muziek te komen spelen uit die periode. Hij is druk aan het graven in zijn kledingkast om een passend kostuum te vinden. Hij dacht aan iets in zwart, wit, blauw, rood en geel.


Are you a real Professor?

Are you a real Professor, people ask me quite often. I usually explain I am a professor in ukulology, but I am shure there are lots of people who know much more about ukuleles and still do not call themselves a professor. In fact the name Professor Peter came up when I startet playing with Doctor Dick as a ukulele duo. We wanted a name that was easy to remember, that sounded right and also had something to do with the music we played. There are more Doctors in music and more specific in Jazz, but…I never found another professor.

Untill I went looking for the expression “Jelly Roll”, an expression I found in a couple of songs. I found this wikipedia page about Jelly Roll Morton.

Apart from the information I was looking for about Jelly Rolls (it refers to certain female parts) I read about Jelly Roll Morton  to be a Whorehouse Professor. Now that was an interesting read!

The next quote I found on the Wikipedia page: Cornetist Rex Stewart recalled that Morton had chosen “the nom de plume ‘Morton’ to protect his family from disgrace if he was identified as a whorehouse ‘professor’.

Every brothel seemed to have  a pianoplayer playing live music.  They were called Professor and besides bringing entertainment their job might have been to indicate the rhythm of the work being done.

More research about this fenomenon brought new references. For example this one: 12 Essential Performances from the Piano “Professors” of New Orleans

So at last I found a connection between music and the title of Professor. But should I be happy with it? I mean, I cannot see myself playing uke in a whorehouse. You cannot attribute to the atmosphere with a small instrument now can you?


Special Events.

Prof Peter gladly announces his performance and workshop during Ukestock. A ukulele festival in the north of the Netherlands. For the first time an enthusiastic group in Groningen will  fill a weekend with ukuleles. Information can be found on their website and on facebook.

Prof Peter kondigt met plezier zijn optreden en workshop aan tijdens Ukestock. Een ukulele festival in het noorden van Nederland. Voor het eerst zal een enthousiaste groep Groningers een weekend vullen met ukuleles. Informatie kun je vinden op hun website en op facebook.

This year is the celebration of 100 years De Stijl a dutch artistic movement founded in 1917. Many dutch museums have special exhibitions dedicated to this art movement. In the city of Utrecht you can find a bandstand called de Klanksteen which is build using elements of De Stijl. This summer a special event will be held in the park and the bandstand. Prof Peter will provide music from the early nineteen hundreds, fitting to the era and the celebration.

Dit jaar wordt gevierd, dat De Stijl, een Nederlandse kustbeweging 100 jaar geleden is gestart met het oprichten van tijdschrift De Stijl. Veel Nederlandse musea besteden dit jaar aandacht aan de Stijl. In Utrecht staat een muziektent, de Klanksteen, die gebouwd is met gebruikmaking van elementen uit de Stijl. Deze zomer zal er een ter gelegenheid van 100 jaar de Stijl een evenement worden georganiseerd in de muziektent en het park er om heen. Voor passende muziek uit het begin van de jaren 1900 zorgt Prof Peter.


Professor Peter’s Germany Tour 2016

There are many good reasons for touring Germany. It is a beautifull country, loads of nice people are living there, playing for a German audience is really wonderfull (they always listen!) and there is a large and active ukulele community.
I meet lots of German ukers every year, during the Ukulele Hotspot Winterswijk. There is quite a few I can call my friends. And now I wanted to go and see them in their own habitat.

So I wrote to my friends with the proposition to come and play in their Wohnzimmer (livingroom) in exchange for a place to stay the night. And the reactions were heartwarming!
I will visit Bielefeld, Hamburg, Berlin, Regensburg, Saarbrücken, Heidelberg, Mainz, and Köln  in a period of two weeks. Click on the map to see details.
Some of the concerts will be open to public, others will be open only to a selected audience.
I am really looking forward!

Click the map for details.



Er zijn veel goede redenen om in Duitsland te toeren. Het is een mooi land, er wonen veel aardige mensen, een duits publiek luistert altijd aandachtig en er is een grote ukulele gemeenschap. Ik ontmoet elk jaar veel duitse ukers, tijdens de Ukulele Hotspot Winterswijk. Verscheidene van hen kan ik mijn vrienden noemen.  En nu wil ik hen bezoeken in hun eigen habitat.

Daarom  schreef ik hen met het voorstel om bij hen een Wohnzimmerkonzert (huiskamerconsert) te komen spelen in ruil voor een overnachting.  De reacties waren hartverwarmend. Ik zal Bielefeld, Hamburg, Berlin, Regensburg, Saarbrücken, Heidelberg, Mainz, Kölln en Essen bezoeken in een periode van twee weken. Sommige concerten zullen openbaar zijn, de anderen besloten.  Ik kijk er naar uit!

Klik op de kaart voor details.