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Overdue Ovation: Singer Fleurine, Monk Lyricist & International Star

The bubbly Dutch vocalist reflects on her fateful journey into the world of jazz

Fleurine (photo: Juliana Flaskamp)

“Hi! I’m Fleurine, and I’m from Holland, and I wrote lyrics to a Monk song.”

That’s how an upbeat Dutch conservatory student introduced herself to musical multi-hyphenate Don Sickler. Thelonious Monk had just been a topic of discussion on a publishing panel featuring Sickler—the scene was the 1994 JazzTimes Convention in New York—and this aspiring vocalist, just visiting the city for a few short weeks, was eager to learn more about the ins and outs of the business.

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Dan Bilawsky

Dan Bilawsky has been involved in jazz journalism for 15 years. His work has appeared in JazzTimes, JAZZed, and All About Jazz, among other outlets. In addition, he’s penned liner notes for artists on Red, Capri, HighNote/Savant, Ropeadope, and other respected imprints. A band director with 20 years of teaching experience, he holds degrees in music from Indiana University, the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and Five Towns College.