The Amersfoort Jazz 2020 festival program is complete and is now announced in its entirety. Amersfoort Jazz presents the Next Generation of international World Jazz, while honoring the legends by celebrating their contributions. Again, we welcome artists from all over the world: USA, Hungary, South Africa, Poland, Spain, Ukraine, Thailand, Australia, South Korea, Turkey, Belgium and -of course- The Netherlands.
From Poland comes The Jazz Brigade led by tenors Sylwester Ostrowski with A Tribute to Art Blakey. This concert is featuring bassist Essiet Okon Essiet (USA), once a Jazz Messenger, this year’s International Artist in Residence. Also from the USA are the legendary baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, singer Madeline Bell with her Tribute to Ray Charles and the young Yoav Eshed Quartet ft. the UNISA award winning pianist Lex Korten. This year’s focus is on World Jazz from Hungary, featuring Hungarian virtuoso musicians like Péter Sárik, Károly Binder and Pétra Várallyay. The latter is also one of the nine endorsed artists performing at the Sena Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival, besides Kasia Pietrzko from Poland, Laura Marti from Ukraine, Broxilla from Spain and Tontrakul from Thailand, to name a few. From Turkey comes fretless guitar virtuoso Cenk Erdogan, from Belgium pianist Jef Neve, both performing two times during the event.
To name some headliners from The Netherlands: Tineke Postma (Freya ft. Ralph Alessi), Jasper Blom, Eric Vloeimans, Peter Beets, Ilja Reijngoud, Saskia Laroo, Hans Dulfer, Artvark&Drums United and The Grand Lady of Dutch Jazz Greetje Kauffeld. Amsterdam based drummer Sun-Mi Hong is National Artist in Residence and performs four times at the festival, including once with Spanish pianist Daahoud Salim. Other notable Spanish pianists from The Netherlands are Miguel Rodriguez and Xavi Torres. Amersfoort Jazz proudly presents three new festival creations: Alto for Two, a quintet led by young saxophonists Kika Sprangers (NLD) and Irene Reig (ESP); The Rabobank Jazz Night at De Hof, with Peter Beets & The Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra, featuring exponents of the Next Generation of Dutch Jazz like Maarten Hogenhuis & Anna Serierse; finally, a 100 year Commemoration Concert ‘Hungarian Children Trains’ by the awarded Amersfoort Youth Orchestra, featuring renowned jazz singer Izaline Calister. This concert will be attended by the ambassadors of Hungary and The Netherlands.
• Note to artists and agents: The deadline of submission of proposals was December first.
For submissions of proposals towards the edition of 2021, please wait for August – November 2020.