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North Sea Jazz Festival 2014

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During the summer, there are plenty of jazz festivals around the world. No many, however, blends in the energetic summer spirit with world class music acts like the North Sea Jazz Festival does. While we wait for the complete schedule to be announced next month, we take a look at the headliners that have been announced so far.

The North Sea Jazz Festival, big brother of Amsterdam’s North Sea Jazz Club and the Caribbean Curaçao North Sea Jazz, first took place in The Hague in the summer of 1976. For thirty years, it was the jazz happening of the Dutch summer – which had featured jazz legends like Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie – before it relocated to its current, bigger, location in Rotterdam. Despite moving away from its original spot, the North Sea Jazz Festival has kept its role as one of the country’s, as well as Europe’s, most exciting summer jazz festivals. And its schedule has continued to be filled with talent. Adele, Larry Graham, Prince and Jill Scott are only some of the acts who have performed at the festival during the last couple of years.

This year’s edition, which takes place on 11-13 July, is set to surpass the previous ones and might end up being the best ever!

 

North Sea Jazz Festival 2014: It’s going to be hot in Rotterdam!

Even though the complete lineup of the North Sea Jazz Festival 2014 has not been announced yet (this article will be updated as soon as the complete programme is published), music fan in the Rotterdam area already have plenty to be excited about. In fact, the list of headliners that has been released until now, includes several Grammy Award winners, vocal stars, one of the world’s best blues rock bands and legendary artists from the past and the present.

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On Friday 11 July, North Sea Jazz Festival will welcome multi-Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams, Chicago gospel and R&B singer Mavis Staples and the explosive rock and blues rhythms of Walter Trout and another Grammy Award winning act: the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Jazz fans in the Netherlands should get ready for some of the most talented contemporary jazz acts around. In fact, on its first day, North Sea Jazz Festival will features shows by JJA Award and Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter and jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell with his Tom Harrell Quintet, which will be joined on stage by a very special guest: four-time Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding.

The Saturday night at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2014 is going to be explosive! Soul star Joss Stone, the Brooklyn-based instrumental fusion band Snarky Puppy & Friends and the jazz, ska, funk, rock and Latin-influenced Australian group The Cat Empire have all been confirmed as Saturday night acts. The day will also feature popular singer Al Jarreau, the iconic Isley Brothers, the talented Children of Light Trio – featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade – and the jazzy sounds of jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf 

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The final day of the North Sea Jazz Festival 2014 will feature music stars of the past and the present. The legendary duo of Daryl Hall & John Oates, known for No.1 hits like Rich Girl, Kiss on My List and Private Eyes, will entertain the audience with some of the most famous songs in the world. Hip Hop heroes Outkast, electronic act Darkside and the exciting funk and soul of Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaries have also been confirmed as music acts. On 13 July, the festival will also welcome The Daptone Super Soul Revue featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Brooklyn’s popular afrobeat band Antibalas, and Venezuelan salsa bassist Oscar D’León.

The Sunday schedule of North Sea Jazz Fest 2014 includes more international talents like the Big Apple’s retro-funk trio the Sugarman 3 with special guests Saun and Starr and Master of Ceremonies Binky Griptite, and PRISM, musical collaboration that features bassist Dave HollandEric Harland on drums, jazz and fusion guitarist Kevin Eubanks – who, from 1995 to 2010, was the leader of the Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno – and keyboardist Craig Taborn.

 

Music by some of the North Sea Jazz Festival’s performers

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Event Details:

North Sea Jazz Festival

11 – 13 July

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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