Amersfoort jazz is a colourful event and will set the tone for 4 days of dynamic World Jazz concerts for everyone to enjoy. In particular, the expansion of the so-called Next Generation (young and talented World Jazz musicians in The Netherlands and abroad), will bring plenty of interest, besides new adventurous music of high quality.

From the Netherlands
Honored drummer Sun-Mi Hong (KOR/NLD) is endorsed by Amersfoort Jazz festival as a Sena Performers International Jazz Laureate. She brings Young-Woo Lee (piano), Alistair Payne (trumpet), Young-Woo Lee (piano) and Alessandro Fongaro (bass). The latter also plays with Kika Sprangers (saxophone) in her new quintet, with Koen Schalkwijk (piano), Willem Romers (drums) and the uncommon nightingale Anna Serierse. Kika Sprangers also plays with the Marit van der Lei Nextet. This group consists -apart from Marit and Kika- of Roel Hazendonk (piano), Marre de Graaf (bass), Mees Siderius (drums), Koen Smits (trumpet) and Prashant Samlal (guitar), winner of the Dutch Conservatory Talent Award 2018. Another uncommon nightingale is Sanne Rambags, who is currently recognized as one of the most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young musicians in Dutch Jazz. Dutch Conservatory Talent Award 2017 and Young Vip 2018. With Sjoerd van Eijck (piano) and Koen Smits (trumpet) she forms Mudita. Kika Sprangers (Young Vip 2017) performs with National Artist in Residence Jasper van ‘t Hof (on church organ) and Izaline Calister, also with the Codarts Conservatory Big Band led by Ilja Reijngoud ft. Adam Simmons (AUS); De Raad van Toezicht plays with Anton Goudsmit. Sebastiaan van Bavel (piano), last year’s Young Vip, plays quatre-mains with his father Rob van Bavel; Gideon Tazelaar (sax) joins jazz drummer Eric Ineke in his Tribute to Dexter Gordon; Matteo Myderwyk (piano) plays with the Israeli oud player Haytham Safia; Furthermore, many young outstanding musicians are included in the Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra, like drummer Wouter Kuhne and saxophonists Jasper van Damme, Floriaan Wempe and Caspar van Wijk, and in the Round Midnight Orchestra, like croonerThom Hoorweg and drummer Tim Hennekes (21), winner of the Keep an Eye Outstanding Talent Award 2018 and Sena Performers Gouden Slifje; to name a few….The King Swings ft. Florentina Finder (AUT) and Nathalie Schaap are young and talented exponents of the Next Generation of Dutch Jazz.

Amersfoort Jazz offers the youngsters a platform to present themselves to the Dutch public, as well as to other musicians, often legendary masters – who are happy to share their experience and knowledge. Amersfoort Jazz connects the Next Generation to a network of invited World Jazz organizations and festival directors from all over the world. Amersfoort Jazz invites the notable Dutch conservatories to endorse these master degree students to the festival. By supporting the Next Generation, Amersfoort Jazz aims for the a sustainable development of exceptional talent, to improve the international eco-system of professional world jazz, to keep improvised music at the highest level possible – now and in the future. Amersfoort Jazz receives financial support from cultural and governal subsidizers, because of this specific part of the festival’s plan, goals and vision.