Primarily self-taught, Candy Dulfer has been a whirlwind of funky saxophone playing since a young age. Her father, Hans Dulfer, was also a saxophonist, but he never pushed her into learning.
Always stoked to play the saxophone herself, she started on soprano as a child because she felt her father's tenor was too heavy. She soon switched to the Alto, which she continues to play today.
She led her own band at 14 - known as Funky Stuff - and soared from there. In 1990, she debuted her first album, Saxuality. It scored her a Grammy nomination and sold over a half-million copies. Known for her funk playing, she also has hits in the smooth jazz world. "Finsbury Park, Cafe 67" was a huge success in 2003, reaching the Number 1 on the R&R Smooth Jazz Chart in the USA. She's also known for playing on "Lily Was Here" with Dave Stewart in 1989. The song was the main theme for the Dutch film De Kassiere, and was released as a single. It topped the charts in The Netherlands for five weeks!
Candy has also featured into American popular culture, appearing on Prince's "Partyman" music video as part of the Batman (1989) soundtrack. She also made an appearance on Saturday Night Live with Prince, and toured with him on his 2004 Musicology Tour.
A good solo is like a story: the beginning of it is just as important as the last notes, and in between you have to build up the tension as if you were Edgar Allen Poe!She recently released a new album, Funked Up & Chilled Out in 2009, which is available in stores or at her website. Check out this video of Candy Dulfer's "Lily Was Here" with Dave Stewart: