AZURE A Musical Spark The story of Azure starts in 2006 when a pianist and a guitar player meet at a spontaneous jam session. Immediately sensing a musical spark, they decide to collaborate. They get together with 2 friends, start composing and gigging, and call the band Azure.
When She Smiles After their first big concert, at The Hague Jazz, they decide to work towards a recording. In june 2008 the quartet records their debut album 'When She Smiles', which holds nine original pieces inspired by love. The self-released album finds wide critical acclaim in both the US and the Netherlands. Azure's compositions, eclecticism, and unique sound get a lot of praise.
Touring and competition They play some major Dutch summer festivals, followed by the first tour abroad: for three weeks they play across South America, receiving a warm welcome. Two years later the band gets nominated as finalists for the 'Get Your Jazz On Stage' competition, culminating in a final concert at Amsterdam's pop-temple Paradiso, for which they team up with star trumpeter Rik Mol and rap-outfit L4.
Hiptronics Producer and synthesizer wizard Federico Solazzo replaces the original composer/pianist, who relocates to Paris, and trumpeter Mol continues to work with Azure. Yet again a musical spark is felt and Azure dedicate themselves to composing and rehearsing new material. A brand new, second album called 'Hiptronics' is scheduled for release in June 2014