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 de Lieve Vrouw and the Observant in Amersfoort. The concerts can be followed online via live streaming. From three stages with multiple concerts per evening and a fourth stream called “Amersfoort Jazz Café”, where professional presenters engage in conversation with the artists and those involved, the online visitor has a variety of possibilities to experience the festival up close.
Festival director Alexander Beets calls the online edition a good alternative. “Amersfoort Jazz is primarily ‘a musician’s paradise’, in which the artist and music are central. When it became clear that the festival could not take place in May, we did everything we could to offer the musicians a stage where they can perform for their audience. We think that this kind of signal is very important at a time when almost all concert opportunities for musicians disappear like snow in the sun.” The festival in May would have welcomed musicians and professionals from more than 25 countries. The online edition in November will be continued by these partners and promoted to their supporters. “An enormous reach,” says Beets. “Our artists can take the spotlight in front of the international network of Amersfoort Jazz. There are also festivals that have promised to book one or more acts from the online festival for their own festival.”
Amersfoort Jazz opens the theatre hall of the Lieve Vrouw for the gourmets amongst music lovers, with renowned World Jazz acts such as Tineke Postma, Margriet Sjoerdsma, Izaline Calister and Artvark / Drums United. In the Observant, the roof will go off on three consecutive days with soul jazz from Hans Dulfer, Steffen Morrison, Shirma Rouse and Saskia Laroo, amongst others. Amersfoort Jazz is also a prominent online stage for the new generation of jazz musicians, such as Artist in Residence Sun-Mi Hong, Kika Sprangers, Irene Reig, Xavi Torres, Thomas Pol, Efe Erdem, Sebastiaan van Bavel, Gideon Tazelaar, Tim Hennekes, Alistair Payne, NAOS Quartet (tango) and SIMIO (the winners of the Princess Christina Competition). Finally, there are special theme concerts and surprising, one-off line-ups at the initiative of Amersfoort Jazz, with Living Legend Jasper van ‘t Hof and Boy Edgar Prize winner Jasper Blom (Stormvogel invites), Crooners Night Club with Paul van Kessel (Alexander Beets invites), Ellister van der Molen playing Miles’ film music and the new musical project of the singing actress Manoushka Zeegelaar Breeveld.
Depending on the corona measures in November, a limited number of visitors are allowed in the rooms. The 42nd edition is also the first where visitors will have to buy tickets to get access to the concerts. This was done to properly manage the visitor flow. The entire revenue from the ticket sale will benefit the affected catering industry in Amersfoort via vouchers.