Rockacademie presents… Mr. Marten

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Mr. Marten (Marten Oosterhaven) is a singer-songwriter who writes all his songs on the piano. The English lyrics of his songs are about everything that inspires him. This varies from his ambition to be allowed to chat on a talk show someday to deep feelings about love. Mr. Marten has a strong five-member band: soloing guitars, flexible vocals, keyboards and …

Jam session with The King Swings

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Jam sessions are an essential part of each jazz festival and therefore also of Amersfoort Jazz. The artists come together after their regular concerts to share the stage and play away their adrenaline until the early hours. It is a place where artists can “socialize” with each other and the audience and enjoy the genuine atmosphere of Amersfoort Jazz. On …

Marutyri

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Untamable modern fusion from Rotterdam. Since 2014 they have played at North Sea Jazz Festival and won the prestigious NPO Radio 6 Soul & Jazz Award. Their debut album ‘Inner Movements’ (2016) was nominated for an Edison Award. Marutyri has made 2 EPs, 2 albums and been on various international tours (incl. Malaysia, China, Canada).

Shakatak (GBR)

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This year, the legendary band Shakatak celebrates their 39th anniversary. With their many hits in the eighties (like ‘Nightbirds’, ‘Down on the Street’ and ‘Day by Day’ with Al Jarreau), pianist Bill Sharpe and vocalist Jill Saward are the most important pioneers of the popular jazz funk genre. In 2019 the band still consists of the original members Sharpe, Saward, …

Deborah Brown (USA), International Artist in Residence

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Amersfoort Jazz 2019 proudly presents its International Artist in Residence, American jazz singer Deborah Brown. She will perform with the Tribute to Dexter Gordon band, led by Eric Ineke, on Thursday, May 23 in theatre De Lieve Vrouw, but also on Friday, May 24, with the same group at the outdoor venue de Groenmarkt. On Saturday, May 25, the diva …

Ákos Fekecs Project (HUN)

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Everything from the softest jazz harmonies and elements of world music through fusion beats and unparalleled rhythms to aggressive sounds can be found in this band’s music. Therefore, the classification of their music in terms of genre is greatly diverse! The band’s sound is mostly determined by the electronic timbre, wide scaled range of dynamics and their open, energetic style …

World Jazz Synergy: Adam Simmons (AUS) meets Stormvogel's Barditus ft. Oene van Geel

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The Australian reed player Adam Simmons is one of Australia’s leading and versatile musicians: “an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist performing in a myriad of ensembles, creator of his unique musical sculptures or specialized educator in improvisation, instrumental technique and shakuhachi”. Simmons has previously been a guest at Amersfoort Jazz. He sees great challenge in the spontaneous cross-fertilization with Dutch artists and unconditionally …

Shakir Khan & Anubrata Chatterjee (IND), Ben van den Dungen & Marianne Svasek

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Sitar player Shakir Khan is the youngest exponent (8th generation) of the illustrious ‘garana’ of Imdad Khan. Following in the musical footsteps of his prodigious father and guru — the sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Shakir performed extensively worldwide, bringing the joy and subtlety of the Etawah Gharana to audiences in the US, Canada and Europe. During the festival …

JazzyBIT (ROU)

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JazzyBIT is a loud jazz trio from Timișoara (Romania) consisting of Teodor Pop (piano, keys), Mihai Moldoveanu (bass) and Szabó Csongor-Zsolt (drums), which offers an energetic combination of jazz and rock, scattered here and there with blues, latin and funk. It sounds like Hiromi would play with Snarky Puppy, but in a trio. This concert is part of the Sena …