The Swing Festival Breda will take place on Sunday 25 October for the eighth time. In the Centre of the Dutch city there will be eight free concerts in six venues. Organizer Jan Learbuch of Concertproductions NOMC has the cooperation of a number of sponsors, the Foundation Jazz at the Castle and the cafes that participate in the festival.
A total of 21 artists will perform including one of the biggest young music talents in tthe Netherlands, Sebastiaan van Bavel, the pianists trio perform at the festival with Hermine Deurloo (harmonica). Sebastiaan van Bavel is the son of Dutch pianist Rob van Bavel, who was the first European to reach the finals of the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition in Washington DC, and was second in 1987, behind the now famous Marcus Roberts. His son is no less talented, Sebastiaan van Bavel won the Princess Christina competition in the jazz category in 2008. Three years later, he won this prestigious competition in the category classical music.
Also interesting is the performance of singer Henk Kraaijeveld. He was winner of the jazz vocal competition in 2013 in The Netherlands. “Henk Kraaijeveld is a stand out vocalist and musician in his own right, great voice, gifted musician, intelligent…” says Kim Nazarian, co-founder of the New York Voices.
The Belgian trombonist Marc Godfroid is another big name on the Swing Festival Breda, he is a soloist with the renowned Brussels Jazz Orchestra and was one of the musicians that founded the orchestra. In 1986 he became a teacher of jazz trombone at the Conservatory of Ghent and in 1993 took responsibility as co-ordinator of the Jazz Department and also teacher of didactics at the Conservatory.
(The festival lasts from 15:00 to 20:30. More information on www.swingfestivalbreda.nl)