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Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene

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[This is the fourth of the All About Jazz series on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, and entrepreneurs who give ...


John Engels: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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Drummer John Engels has the energy of two forty-year olds, which is pretty impressive, since he will soon be turning 80. He will celebrate this auspicious occasion with the Vogel Vrij (Free as a Bird) tour, a series of concerts at diverse venues throughout jny: the Netherlands (with saxophonists Benny Golson and Benjamin Herman) which began ...


Borneo Jazz 2012

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Borneo Jazz Festival 2012
Miri, Sarawak, Borneo
May 10-12, 2012
Borneo Jazz--held in Miri, Sarawak semi-autonomous state, Malaysia--has grown steadily since its inaugural edition in 2005, going from 3,000 spectators seven years ago to over eight thousand today. This growth is a reflection of the successful planning and promotion by the festival organizers and an indication ...


Dutch Jazz Week at

Dutch Jazz Week at

From November 27 to December 3, 2011, the world's longest running and furthest reaching jazz music website, All About Jazz, will celebrate Dutch jazz. During Dutch Jazz Week AAJ will highlight seven Dutch jazz artists handpicked by the AAJ editors from the the Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2010 compilation CD. Starting on November 27th, each day, ...


North Sea Jazz Festival, July 8-10, 2011

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North Sea Jazz Festival
July 8-10, 2011
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands is staggering in size, touted as the world's largest indoor jazz festival and that's certainly a good bet. With 13 stages running from late afternoon until the early morning hours, it's far more than a ...

Take Five With Iman Spaargaren

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Meet Iman Spaargaren:
Iman is a multi-reed player, arranger and composer. He has a distinctive way of playing and a very personal tone on his horn. During the past few years Iman has been busy with a wide variety of music groups such as Iman Spaargaren Quartet & Septet, Captain Hook, European Union Quartet ...

The Jasper Blom Quartet: Dexterity

Read "Dexterity" reviewed by John Kelman

With the impossible volume of music released each and every week, there's always that sinking feeling that something's being missed. When saxophonist Jasper Blom and his quartet delivered their showcase performance at Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2010, it became immediately clear that this was a contemporary group well worth investigating. Blom is a part of ...


Eric Vloeimans: V-Flow

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Eric Vloeimans

Challenge Records


Still on the shy side of fifty, but looking considerably younger--in no small part due to a distinctive image with colorful clothing and funky shoes--it might appear premature to be releasing a five-disc box set that takes a retrospective look at the career of Dutch ...


Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2010: December 1-3, 2010

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Dutch Jazz & World Meeting
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
December 1-3, 2010
As difficult as it can sometimes be to appreciate how far jazz has evolved since making its first infant steps in the United States at the beginning of the 20th Century, it's equally remarkable to consider the scene in Europe. Beginning as a relative ...


Benjamin Herman: Hypochristmastreefuzz (Special Edition)

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Since Esquire voted alto saxophonist Benjamin Herman Best Dressed Dutchman 2008, most reviews of his music have felt compelled to mention the award, and this review is no exception. Of course, such sartorial fripperies would be barely worthy of comment if Herman couldn't actually play. But play he can--whether he's flying like Charlie Parker on “Hypochristmastreefuzz," ...