“I’m gonna stay with the youngsters. Keeps the mind active.”

Art Blakey (1919-1990)

Amersfoort Jazz is a Next Generation festival, presenting young and talented World Jazz musicians from The Netherlands and abroad. Amersfoort Jazz supports young artists of drive and ambition, to distinguish themselves and leave fresh marks on the world.

From the Netherlands
Sun-Mi Hong 
(KOR/NLD, drums), Xavi Torres (ESP/NLD, piano), Daahoud Salim (ESP/NLD, piano), Kika Sprangers (NLD, sax), Irene Reig (ESP/NLD, sax), Maarten Hogenhuis (NLD, sax), Anna Serierse (NLD, vocals), Sanne Rambags (NLD, vocals), Sebastiaan van Bavel (NLD, piano), Gideon Tazelaar (NLD, sax),  Alistair Payne (GBR/NLD trumpet), Nicolo Ricci (ITA, sax),  Young-Woo Lee (KOR/NLD, piano), Alessandro Fongaro (ITA/NLD, double-bass), Tim Hennekes (NLD, drums), Thomas Pol (NLD, bass), Paul van Kessel (NLD, vocals), Mo van der Does (NLD, trumpet), Teus Nobel (NLD. trumpet), Donald Simoen (NLD, sax), Miguel Rodriguez (NLD/ESP. piano), Tom Ridderbeekx (NLD, trumpet), and many more…

Sena Performers International Jazz Laureates
Kasia Pietrzko (POL, piano), Rofhiwa (ZAF, vocals), Baturay Yarkin (TUR, piano), Nagme Yarkin (TUR, piano), Fernando Brox (ESP, flute), Tontrakul (THA, khene), Petra Várallyay (HUN, piano), Flora Carbo (AUS, sax), Laura Marti (UKR) and a Dutch Jazz Competition laureate (NLD) and many more…

Orchestra’s and Big Bands
Also, the Next Generation is featured in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam Concert Big Band (NLD), Round Midnight Orchestra (NLD), Peter Beets & the Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra (NLD), Amsterdam Funk Orchestra (NLD), Young Talent Big Band (NLD) and Amersfoorts Jeugd Orkest (Amersfoort Youth Orchestra).

Dutch Conservatory Challenge
Dutch conservatories from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Arnhem/Zwolle/Enschede and Utrecht, endorse their master degree students to the festival Amersfoort Jazz 2020.


Amersfoort Jazz inspires the Next Generation to perform out of the box, to meet other musicians one stage and behind the scenes, often legendary masters – who are happy to share their experience and knowledge. Amersfoort Jazz connects the Next Generation to a network of invited World Jazz organizations and festival directors from all over the world. By supporting the Next Generation, Amersfoort Jazz aims for the a sustainable development of exceptional talent, to improve the international eco-system of professional world jazz, to keep improvised music at the highest level possible – now and in the future.