The Dutch Jazz Day | 28 & 29 June 2013 | Rotterdam

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The seventh edition of the Dutch Jazz-day will take place in Rotterdam on the 28th and 29th of June 2013 in and around the LantarenVenster. Since the North Sea Jazz Festival moved from The Hague to Rotterdam in 2006 the city has become one of the major jazz centers in the Netherlands

The Jazz Day is the leading Dutch jazz network event. This makes the Jazz Day an indispensable stage for all players from the Dutch jazz industry to meet, get to know and listen to each other, and to make valuable contacts.The daytime program, with its panels, workshops and presentations, closely follows the latest trends and developments and poses pressing matters the jazz industry is trying to cope with. It is mainly intended for professionals. The evening program is also open to the general public and offers a variety of showcase performances by exciting jazz artists and the final of the European Jazz Competition.


The Jazz Day conference program encompasses two days of discussion on developments and topics through panels, workshops and presentations. It is primarily aimed at professionals.

Friday 28 June offers various panels with topical subjects, aimed at artists, venues and festivals, media and politics in the jazz world. They will feature subjects like: ‘How to get the web working for you’ (how to employ the social media effectively as an artist and as a festival), a panel on music and sponsoring, and a crossover to world music in the Blend Café. There will also be a number of short pitches by copyright organizations like Buma, Sena and Norma, but also from a TV station like Djazztv (‘What can I do to get my material on TV myself?’). In addition to the panels there will be a Dutch matchmaking program, offering musicians the opportunity to meet a large group of bookers and copyright organizations briefly.

Saturday 29 June offers some invite-only programs. One of these is an informal matchmaking between managers and bandleaders of the showcase acts and foreign visitors. There will also be two round-table talks. These will be open to invites only, but those interested may attend as a (non-participating) listener. The first round-table talk will concern the initiative for setting up a European Talent Exchange program, to improve the circulation of European jazz at European festivals.  Ten promoters of European festivals have been invited to attend, and a number of Dutch jazz radio producers will join to discuss the promotional aspects of this initiative.


Jazz Day offers a two day festival program. The entrance to both nights is free and everyone is welcome. Friday night, 28 June, the program will offer showcase performances and is part of this year’s North Sea Round Town. It also marks the start of two jampacked weeks of jazz in Rotterdam. In LantarenVenster, Kantine Walhalla and Hotel New York both professionals and ‘ordinary’ jazz fans have the opportunity to enjoy the music of no less than 25 jazz outfits. Experienced musicians as well as talented youngsters will perform in short concerts to give the audience an idea of what their musical world is made of.

The final of the European Jazz Competition, plus the winner’s celebration set, will take shape on Saturday night, 29 June. With this new extension Jazz Day increases its scope, and hopes to attract more foreign visitors, such as representatives from radio stations, bookers and artists.

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