The History

When, in 2000, the band Dr. Livingstone ceases to be, the Hague songwriter Michiel Jonkers starts exploring new musical avenues. Following a period of introspection and after having written new material, it is clear that decisive action has to be taken.

In the fall off 2002 springs into life, the name a paraphrase of frontman Michiel Jonkers' last name associating the band with the New York borough of the same name and a reference to the American roots of its style of music. At the same time, a CD titled Ain't No Kid's Stuff is released and the songs on the disk beg to be performed live.

The session musicians that play on the CD are unable to perform live on a regular basis due to geographical distances, however. Nevertheless, following a number of gigs with different candidates, the following line-up eventually emerges.

The Musicians

photos ©2004 Piet Gispen
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Arthur van Keppel (November 8, 1965) is the quintessential rock drummer. He played in several the Hague bands such as Vive Le Rock and the blues and swing band fronted by Kees Kingsize, travelled the Chech Republic in Hallo Venray's touring ambulance and is currently involved with the acoustic pop noir of Chabliz with whom he visited Rumania. marks his return to his roots. Without his grooves and characteristic background vocals things just wouldn't be the same.

Gio Harthoorn (January 31, 1963) plays bass and is ' musical foundation. Gio has been around the Hague music scene a long time and made his mark with wellknown cover bands like De Buurvrouw and The Occasions with whom he toured Portugal twice. He joined Michiel in the Nineties in Dr. Livingstone.

Luc van Duijn (June 27, 1977) is an up and coming guitar player who, in the meantime, has proved to be worthy of his salt.

Michiel Jonkers (February 27, 1963) is singer/songwriter for , wrote material for other artists and gained experience with Connection and Dr. Livingstone. On stage he is unstoppable and keeps coming up with new tricks to entertain his audience.


Saturday, February 12, 2005, Splotsz, Roelofarendsveen, 23:30hrs
Saturday, February 5, 2005, Musicon, the Hague, 22:00hrs


Yonkers – Open Up (2004) – € 15,-
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Intro speaker symbol
Open Up speaker symbol
Lines on Her Face speaker symbol
High As a Kite speaker symbol
The Joys of Love speaker symbol
Eat Me Alive speaker symbol
Finally Found a Home speaker symbol
Black Widow speaker symbol
Ain't Good Enough speaker symbol
Hey Hey speaker symbol
Breathe Easy speaker symbol
"Jonkers has a fine voice, the rhythm section is solid but especially guitar player Luc van Duyn turns out to be a revelation. [...] Promising!"
Aardschok October 2004
"Jonkers' lyrics make for interesting listening. [...] This, and the band's great sound, make them deserve many a good gig"
Haagse Courant September 17, 2004
Now available at Plato's
Yonkers – Ain't No Kids Stuff (2002) – € 12,50
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Lost Inside of You speaker symbol
Womanize You speaker symbol
Pride 'n' Prejudice speaker symbol
You Don't Own Me speaker symbol
Tomorrow's a Different Story speaker symbol
Prostitute Myself speaker symbol
Fell in Love Again speaker symbol
While My Broken Heart Still Beats speaker symbol
Happy Gun speaker symbol
Dr. Livingstone - Presuming (2000)
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Dr. Livingstone - demo (the white album) (1998)
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