The North Sea Jazz Club is one of the rising stars in the roster of European music venues. Jam sessions and pizza on Thursdays, the club’s own Friday Night Out program and the talent-filled Late Night Live on weekends make it one of the best places music lovers can find in Amsterdam. Since 2012, the North Sea Jazz Club has presented various music genres, from traditional jazz to soul, passing through funk and hip-hop, just like the popular North Sea Jazz Festival has been doing since 1976.
The are a bunch of attractions that bring tourists to Amsterdam, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The capital of the Netherlands, which welcomes thousands of tourists every month, is known for its colourful canals, open-minded culture and for its buzzing nightlife. On May 10th 2012, a new place opened its doors and went on to become one of the most-appreciated and respected music venues in the city. It was on a Thursday, that the North Sea Jazz Club joined Amsterdam’s busy nightclubs scene.
The hub for music lovers who also like good food
For about two years, the North Sea Jazz Club has accommodated pretty much all music styles, from traditional jazz and funk to soul and hip-hop. On Thursdays, the club hosts its free Jam Sessions at the neighbouring trattoria Pizza Pazzani. Following a trend that is becoming more and more popular among jazz venues, the North Sea Jazz Club provides experience that combines delicious just-baked pizza with excellent live music. What sets the Jam Sessions apart from other pizza-jazz mixes, however, is the atmosphere. Not many places give vocalists and instrumentalists the chance to gather and musically experiment with their colleagues in a laid-back setting, after tasting some pizza.
Weekends at the North Sea Jazz Club start with the Friday Night Out: drinks, live music and dinner with colleagues and friends right after work. Each time, the house band The Fresh Cuts is joined on stage by a different special guest for a live performance that will make you forget about your week of hard work and will prepare you for the weekend in the best way possible.
The Late Night Live, presented on both Fridays and Saturdays, is a series of late night sets that showcases some of the grooviest talents in town. These are really loved by many of the North Sea Jazz Club regulars, because they represent a chance to discover new talent and find renowned artists experimenting on stage. Before and during dinner concerts, guests can enjoy a three course dinner – a choice of starters, main courses and desserts for about 34€ – in a comfy cosmopolitan atmosphere. For these nights, the North Sea Jazz Club’s seating capacity is close to 200 seats. In addition to the seated places, there are some 60 standing places available, for a reduced fee, around the bar and at the back of the hall. A very good choice for getting to know new people, enjoy a drink and listen to some hot live music.
After the shows on Fridays and Saturday, you can dance until late with the club jazz sounds provided by resident DJs. Starting from 11:30 pm, the bar-restaurant joins the jazz club and serves as a late night bar, to make sure that everyone can take alternate exciting dancing on the dancefloor with a cold drink and some finger food.
Following a success story
In almost two years of activity, the North Sea Jazz Club has presented an incredible lineup filled with talented up and comers and prominent names. Grammy Award winning pianist Eddie Palmieri, bass guitar ace Victor Wooten, pop star Lisa Stansfield and trumpet maestro Ibrahim Maalouf are some of the artists who have performed at the club in the past.
Even though it is a relatively new music venue, the North Sea Jazz Club has been a success-story and has established itself as one of Europe’s most entertaining places for live music lovers. Here, you might end up seeing shows by rising stars or prominent names like the late Rita Reys – Europe’s first lady of jazz – and Grammy Award winning singer Patti Austin, Avishai Cohen and bluesman Otis Taylor, who have all chosen to perform at the North Sea Jazz Club, while in Amsterdam.
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Many guests have been struck by the North Sea Jazz Club’s joyful and passionate approach to music, which has been “inherited” from its “big brother”, the historic North Sea Jazz Festival. The event – which first took place in The Hague in 1976 and that, in 2006, moved to its current, bigger, location in Rotterdam – has been one of the summer highlights for thousands of people in the Netherlands and abroad. It has been almost 40 years since jazz legends like Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz appeared as headliners at the first edition of the festival… but the North Sea Jazz Festival has continued to bring in top-class acts every summer. Pharrell Williams, Gregory Porter, Outkast, Esperanza Spalding, Ibrahim Maalouf and Dave Holland have been confirmed as music acts of this year’s edition.
Taking inspiration from the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival, the Carribean edition of the festival that takes places in the unique dream-like setting of the Antilles, Amsterdam’s North Sea Jazz Club has blended a laid-back, cosmopolitan and party-like atmosphere with world’s renowned musicians and some of the grooviest artists in town. Jam Sessions and pizza on Thursday, after-work drinks and hot live music, dinner and more live music on Saturdays – and DJs sets until late – make the North Sea Jazz Club one of the most buzzing music venues in Europe and an absolute must for everyone living in or travelling to Amsterdam.
Pazzanistraat 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands