To celebrate its 40th anniversary, festival Amersfoort Jazz invited some top notch World Jazz artists from the Netherlands and abroad, to participate and perform at the event in 2018. One of these special acts is the internationally renowned Metropole Orkest Big Band with their programme ‘Tribute to Monk’. The Metropole Orkest Big Band honoured the legendary pianist/composer and jazz pionier Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) in 2017 with four special concerts. This year, the orchestra is invited by Amersfoort Jazz to repeat this wonderful show. The concert takes place on Saterdag May 26 (21:15 – 22:45) at the main stage of the Lieve Vrouwekerkhof, which is the biggest square in the historic city centre of Amersfoort. 

Cunductor is the young and lauded Japanese American Miho Hazama, who was conducting the Metropole Orkest Big Band in 2017. Hazama worked with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Yosuke Yamashita, the New York Jazzharmonic, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Salina Symphony and with several American jazz masters. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the New York Jazzharmonic and the force behind the Jazz Composers Showcase at the Jazz Gallery in NYC. About Thelonious Monk, Hazama says that he is a wonderful pianist, but that he -in her view- must be remembered especially because of his compositions.

During the concert, the winner of the online contest ‘Surprising Stars 2017’ joins the Metropole Orkest Big Band. The highly talented clarinet virtuoso Alim Kurtmemetov (born in Simferopol on the Krim, now living in Istanbul, Turkije), will show his “unheard musicality”.