Sun-Mi Hong Quintet (NLD/KOR) | Artist in Residence

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Amsterdam based drummer Sun-Mi Hong (KOR) is the National Artist in Residence at Amersfoort Jazz 2020. She is a rising star in Dutch Jazz, already featured at the Amersfoort Jazz festival 2019 as an international laureate. Inspired by drummers such as Brian Blade, she moved to The Netherlands to study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She is now a central figure …

Ellister van der Molen | Ascenseur pour l’échafaud

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In 1959 Miles Davis released the album Kind of Blue. This is still the best-selling jazz album of all time. Because of the modal (scale-driven) way of improvising, this album is regarded as a stylistic turning point within jazz. The soundtrack that Miles wrote two years earlier for ‘Ascenseur pour l’échafaud’ (a film by Louis Malle) is at least as …

Izaline Calister

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Izaline Calister – Singer, composer and lyricist. The Edison Award winner (in 2009) has built an impressive track record in the past 15 years. With her charming style she gathered a loyal group of fans worldwide. Sometimes modest, then exciting again, Izaline possesses the exceptional gift that makes all the difference for a soloist, as she sings in her mother …

NAOS Quartet ft. Simone van der Weerden

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In 2014 she won the international bandoneon solo competition Klingenthal and graduated her bachelor cum laude in that same year at the conservatory of Rotterdam. After going into depth in tango in Argentina, she started her master of music studies in 2017 where she combined tango with jazz. With Thomas Pol on double bass, David Gútierrez Franco on piano and …

Gallowstreet Brassband

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Hard-hitting brass band Gallowstreet is back with their third album Our Dear Metropolis, an homage to the city and people of Amsterdam. With Our Dear Metropolis they ask the question “Who does the city belong to?” and punch back at the trend of over-tourism, locals pushed out by rising rents, and the privatization of public spaces in their home city. …

Alto for Two – ft. Kika Sprangers & Irene Reig (ESP)

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‘Alto For Two’ is the new project led by two of the most innovative current saxophonists in Europe: Kika Sprangers (Nijmegen, 1994) and Irene Reig (Barcelona, 1993). In quintet format, the two artists come together to create a repertoire of 100% original music, which arises from the jazz tradition, and creates a particularly distinct and current sound. What’s more, the …

Steffen Morrison

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Steffen Morrison was raised with the tunes, moves & grooves of James Brown, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye as well as the harmonious tones of The Crystals, the rock & roll of The Stones and the lyrics of Lou Reed. As a songwriter he has a clear affinity for the music that once rattled and electrified the heart and souls …

Artvark & Drums United

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4 saxophones, 4 drummers, 4 continents… The worldwide touring Artvark Saxophone Quartet has engaged in numerous very well received collaborative projects, such as with the classical soprano Claron McFadden, the legendary drummer Peter Erskine or the UK Apollo Saxophone Quartet. Now Delfos, Wirtz, Erker and Broekhuizen dive deep into the World of Groove. Their partner in crime on this occasion is the …

Alexander Beets invites…Round Midnight ft. Paul van Kessel

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Amersfoort Jazz festival director Alexander Beets is a renowned hard bop tenorist meaningfully nicknamed “the hurricane”. He plays with Houston Person, Beets Brothers, Round Midnight Orchestra, Deborah Brown and Saskia Laroo. Normally gigging the festival with a thunderous saxophone summit, this time he invites his friends from the Round Midnight Orchestra in a smaller setting, Dutch Jazz masters like Rolf Delfos (alto) …

Shirma’s Soul Session

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The musical journey of Shirma started as backing vocal for artists like Chaka Khan, Michael Bolton, Alain Clark, Candy Dulfer, Henny Vrienten and Anouk. Shirma has released four albums and her third album ‘Shout It Out Loud’, was awarded in 2015 with the Edison Jazzism Audience Award. In 2017 Shirma Rouse celebrated the 75th birthday of Aretha Franklin with ‘The Queen …