Hermine Deurloo’s style on the chromatic harmonica is characterized as being rich, lyrical, and varied, combined with effortless fluency. Hermine studied saxophone at the Amsterdam Conservatory while, at the same time, teaching herself to play the harmonica. She’s recorded and performed all over the world and with musicians such as Steve Gadd, Jim Black, Han Bennink, Tony Scherr, Willem Breuker Kollektief, Candy Dulfer, Al Jarreau, and the Metropole Orchestra.
Hermine Deurloo and drum legend Steve Gadd, together with Tony Scherr and Kevin Hays, released “Riverbeast” (2019), a collection of tunes composed by Hermine, as well as other members of the group, performed together with Alain Clark as special guest. They’re on tour during 2020, together with pianist John Cowherd.
Her most recent recording before that, “Living Here” (2016) is with pianist and composer Rembrandt Frerichs, cellist Jörg Brinkmann and special guest on drums Jim Black, released by Zennez Records. This group did concerts in the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Egypt, and Germany.
Previous albums include “Welling” (2015), which she recorded with jazz string quartet Zapp4, “Glass Fish” (2012), released by Challenge Records, and “Crazy Clock” (2005), recorded in New York with bass player/guitarist/vocalist Tony Scherr.
Hermine performed in films and commercials like recently for the Los Angeles based filmcomposer Austin Wintory, for a film of Amin Matalqua. She’s a guest solist on many CD’s and playes with a variety of groups, such as with Mathilde Santing and Ronald Snijders. Hermine has appeared on TV many times, in prime time programs such as “Pauw”, “De Wereld Draait Door” and “Jinek”. In 2011, Hermine was interviewed for the daily news item on RAI 3 in Italy.
In 2022/2023 Hermine is playing concerts with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and pianist Gwilym Simcock and guitarist Mike Walker.
“It is clear that Deurloo adds a new dimension to the brilliancy of the immortal Toots: complex rhythms, soft dissonants, and attention to current musical trends. It’s a question of time for an international breakthrough for this unique harmonica musician.” — Cyriel Pluimakers
“Hermine Deurloo plays the chromatic harmonica with the effortless fluency of a saxophonist and is a creative and melodic musician. It is obvious that she ranks among the top jazz harmonica players of this decade.” — Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene