In 2018, Dutch festival Amersfoort Jazz celebrates its 40th anniversary. The event is one of the longest existing jazzfestivals in the Netherlands. It all started in 1979, when local mainstream jazz lovers started the event in the historical inner city of Amersfoort, in the centre of the Netherlands. Over the years, many great artists attended the festival, including Toots Thielemans, Slide Hampton, Lionel Hampton, Dexter Gordon, later on Curtis Fuller, Gino Vannelli, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Oleta Adams, Tommy Smith, Ronnie Cuber, Niladri Kumar and many more. Also many (if not all) notable Dutch artists were present over the years, like Rita Reys, Han Bennink, Bart van Lier, Hans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer, Thijs van Leer, Eef Albers, Benjamin Herman, Peter Beets, Karel Boehlee, Mike del Ferro, Tineke Postma, Anton Goudsmit, Jesse van Ruller, the Metropole Orkest and Jazz Orchestra of the Concert Gebouw and many, many more. Since the last decade, the festival developed into a dynamic event for World Jazz from the Netherlands and abroad.
The 40th anniversary in 2018 is celebrated with an exceptional program full of worldwide World Jazz. Thursday May 24 2018, the opening of the festival takes place in theatre De Lieve Vrouw with a special concert by the All Star 40 Year Jubilee Band comprised of Dutch top notch artists like Peter Beets (piano), Marius Beets (bass), Ruud Breuls (trumpet), Bart van Lier (trombone) and Izaline Calister (vocals), enriched by special guests Eric Alexander (USA, tenor sax, International Artist in Residence) and Ronnie Cuber (USA, baritone sax). The concert is presented by Dutch “jazz guru” Cees Schrama, who was involved with the festival from the first moment.
Prior to thee All Star 40 Year Jubilee Band is the performance of the nine-headed band Sound of Siam from Thailand. There happens to be a special connection between Thailand and the Netherlands, mainly because of Amersfoort Jazz, and its Dutch Jazz Expeditions, that led to the visit to King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX, who died in 2016. The King of Jazz played saxophone and was a composer of jazz tunes, introducing jazz to Thailand.
Thursday May 2018 | Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz | theatre De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort
20.00 – 21.15 Sound of Siam (Thailand)
21.45 – 23.00 All Star 40 Year Jubilee Band with special guests