Growing up in a family full of music, from Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Mozart, until Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie wonder, James Brown and lots of english pop-music.
An important framework for future musical events.
Pianist Boehlee playing jazz mostly in the early days, been busy with all kind of music-styles since the 80s.
Not so much with his image as well with playing! And composing, mixing (at his home-studio) teaching at the Conservatory van Amsterdam ... making music! For example as a favourite pianist of All great dutch jazz musicians like Toon Roos, Martijn van Iterson, Jesse van Ruller and Fay Claassen, later he also played with Gino Vannelli,
Roberta Gambarini. Jimmy Haslip, Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Wynton Marsalis, Ernie Watts, Dannie Gottlieb, Philip Catherine, Gary Novak, Roy Hargrove, Phil Woods, Pete Christlieb and many more.
From 1996 Karel Toured a lot with The European Quartet, the European band from Toots Thielemans.
Playing around the world with him was the best thing ever happened to him. Toots made two records with us, which was also my regular trio, with Hein van de Geyn and Hans van Oosterhout.
Boehlee has made six CDs for the Japanese label Pony Canyon. Most fans are from japan and Korea.
The compositions, improvisations and the game of Boehlee have developed and deepened over the years. As a constant factor, his own sound is praised: ”Karels’ sound is unique and touches the center where music enters the soul" (Hein van de Geijn).