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With travel being severely impacted by inclement weather and, for some, an air traffic controller strike in Spain, there was considerable discussion as to whether or not anyone was going to make it out of Amsterdam the next day. There was hope, however, for some of the delegates, who chose to stay on an extra day to attend the left-of-center Doek Festival, taking place on December 4 at Amsterdam's world-renowned Bimhuis. Still, on the morning of December 4, there were plenty of goodbyes and plans to maintain contact amongst the many delegates who were leaving; some who'd made surprisingly long treks to DJ&WM considering its relatively brief duration.
Despite the density of this jampacked two-day, three-night meet, if an event is to be measured based on relationships forged/strengthened, and an increased appreciation for the broad cross-section of music that was really only able to scratch the surface of the effervescent Dutch scene, then there's little doubt that Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2010 was a triumphant success.
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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