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North Sea Jazz Festival 2019

Read "North Sea Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
July 12-14, 2019

For a while now, jazz festivals have lost their exclusivity and being a musical source for just jazz fans or those who wanted to get involved in the scene. More commercial artists from other musical genres have actually become a ...

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Vincent Houdijk

Vincent Houdijk is one of the most versatile music artists in The Netherlands with an average of between 100 and 150 concerts annually. The combination of his classical and jazz studies gave him an incredibly open and wide view on music which. always open for all kinds of music collaborations and styles Vincent Houdijk is without doubt a very open and even so spiritually minded music artist and teacher. In 2007 vincent created his band VinnieVibes; an intense, dynamic and irresistible band which is highly appreciated by their fans and many music programmers. This year Vincent Houdijk & VinnieVibes performed at the world famous North Sea Jazz Festival and they recorded their third album there during this live performance

Meet Tom Wells

Read "Meet Tom Wells" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Born and raised in that other “capital of jazz"--jny: Kansas City, birthplace of Charlie Parker--Super Fan Tom Wells, along with long-time jazz date, his wife, Geri St. Clair (a future Super Fan--stay tuned!), is a huge supporter of the local scene. How huge? Well, Tom and Geri once followed the University of Missouri Kansas City's Jazz ...

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North Sea Jazz Festival Recap: A Moveable, Musical Feast

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North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 10-12, 2015

Three days immersed in sounds and sensations. Followed by two days at home in zombie mode, zen silence. Rather than do an exhausting commute from jny: Amsterdam to jny: Rotterdam each day (by train or auto (50 miles / 75 kilometers each ...

North Sea Jazz Festival 2015: The Roller Coaster Has Taken Off

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Jan Willem Luyken, Director of the North Sea Jazz Festival, has a lot to celebrate this year. It is not only the 40th anniversary of the popular festival, it's also the tenth anniversary of their move from jny: the Hague to jny: Rotterdam, and the year that Luyken became director. Described as “the world's largest indoor ...

Take Five with Aaron Akins

Read "Take Five with Aaron Akins" reviewed by Aaron Akins

Aaron Akins' music is something out of the ordinary. After all, a voice strongly reminiscent of Nat “King" Cole wrapped up in a sophisticated urban beat is not something heard every day.

Stir the ingredients, jazz it up a little, and Aaron Akins might be it. Produced by Darryl Swann (Macy Gray), the singer's second studio album ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Martin Wind: Appreciating Bill Evans

Read "Martin Wind: Appreciating Bill Evans" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Bassist Martin Wind had already gigged with American jazz musicians prior to moving to New York City in 1996 to advance his musical studies. Though classically trained, Wind is highly versatile, having played in orchestras, small jazz groups, crossing genres on the electric bass prior to departing his native Germany.

Now, years later, he ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: A Fusion Legacy

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On stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland last July, the ubiquitous trumpeter Randy Brecker lowered his horn after playing two joyous and funky numbers on the stage that is one of the festivals largest venues, serving as a hockey arena during the appropriate season. There were throngs of people, sitting and standing, gleefully ...

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Take Five Europe: January 28-February 2, 2013

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Take Five Europe
Bore Place
Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, UK
January 28-February 3, 2013

While solid jazz education for aspiring musicians is increasingly accessible, few programs tackle the harsh realities facing the emerging musician of the 21st century. With the dissolution of major labels, and a shift in revenue that often makes having a publicist and/or ...

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival, July 6-9, 2011

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival
Kongsberg, Norway
July 6-9, 2011
By now, it's a self-evident truth that Norway has become something of a hot spot on the global jazz map... again. This is hardly a late-breaking news sensation, given the long arc of jazz lore and fanaticism and support systems in place in this Scandinavian corner, ...