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 …

Saskia Laroo Band | Trumpets Around the World

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Amsterdam trumpet player Saskia Laroo does not only presents her new album ‘Trumpets Around The World’, she also celebrates three anniversaries. Laroo turns 40 “stage years”-old, has run Laroo Records for 25 years and the Saskia Laroo Band has existed for 25 years. She is known for her improvisational purity, music to which she’s given her own twist, flavoured with …

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 …

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) …

Stormvogel invites… Jasper van ‘t Hof & Jasper Blom

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The adventurous ‘jazzbarock’ keyboardist Stormvogel meets up with a ‘blind double date’ arranged by Amersfoort Jazz: two Boy Edgar Prize winners called Jasper. A unique and adventurous combination, never seen or heard before. Jasper van ‘t Hof Jasper van ‘t Hof is one of the most exciting keyboardist from Europe. Since the early seventies, Jasper has been one of the leading …

Artists in Lockdown | Marco Mezquida (ESP)

Like many artists all around the world, Spanish pianist Marco Mezquida saw his concerts brutally cancelled due to the corona lockdown. “For sure I’m sad because of this very difficult moment,” says Mezquida, “it’s hard for so many people, for everybody. It’s incredible, like a nightmare…” The famous maestro briefs us from his home in Barcelona. “We are safe, we’re …

Amersfoort Jazz | festival online programme

While almost all festivals fall due to the coronacrisis, the annual Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz festival (post-poned in May 2020), will continue as a festival online. From November 20 to 22, 2020, Amersfoort Jazz presents a varied program with 19 Dutch World Jazz concerts, spread over three days in theater De Lieve Vrouw and De Observant. The concerts can be followed online …

Amersfoort Jazz goes online

Amersfoort Jazz festival will continue in 2020 Alternative online edition in November The annual Amersfoort Jazz festival (which cannot take place in May due to the corona crisis) will still take place on 20-22 November this year. The organization proudly and confidently presents a varied program of 19 Dutch World Jazz concerts, taking place on three days in the Theater …