Amersfoort Jazz Goes Online

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Last week the Dutch government decided to impose additional restrictions in addition to the current partial lockdown and extend these measures for an additional two week. Again, this has far-reaching consequences for the struggling cultural sector in The Netherlands and a direct impact on the Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz festival due to start on the 20th of this month.

According to a statement from the Festival management It is now finally clear that Amersfoort Jazz will fully go online, without a live audience. Despite this, the organization continues to work hard and resiliently to realize the 42nd edition in 2020 at all costs, so that the artists can perform and serve the audience with beautiful, exciting and compelling music.

Each year, parallel to the Amersfoort Jazz festival the JazzNL Foundation organizes the World Jazz Conference. This year, due to the corona measures, the conference will also take place online on Friday, November 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, November 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 music industry professionals from all over the world come together in a virtual space to brainstorm about the current crisis and how collaboration and knowledge sharing can contribute to an initial recovery.

The central topic is the ‘World Jazz Network – Impact Report’ about the impact of the pandemic on the global jazz ecosystem, a study that IKS (South Africa) has conducted worldwide on behalf of Amersfoort Jazz and JazzNL. The report can be downloaded in PDF format from the websites of Amersfoort Jazz and JazzNL. The conference is broadcasted from two TV studios, one in Amersfoort (NLD) and one in Johannesburg (SAF). During the conference, foreign festivals can present their special talents and laureates for the Sena Performers International Jazz Laureate Festival.

The online edition of the World Jazz Conference 2020 in Amersfoort (The Netherlands), will solemnly be opened on Friday November 20, at 1:00pm by the distinguished Pulitzer and Grammy Award winning, American trumpeter, composer, teacher and artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Centre (NY).


the Amersfoort Jazz festival will take place over three days each with three streams from three stages. From 20 to 22 November, the festival will stream 19 concerts live from De Lieve Vrouw and De Observant theater. The event can be experienced online for free. The typical festival cachet is provided through the online Amersfoort Jazz Cafe talkshow, with guests, artists and friends from the international network.

From Theater De Lieve Vrouw the festival will stream 10 renowned World Jazz acts, such as Tineke Postma, Izaline Calister and Margriet Sjoerdsma Odelion. Artvark & Drums United. Efe Erdem Three4 and Alter Ego Jazzbarock Consort provide cross-border surprises.

From streams from De Observant will form the Amersfoort Jazz Club Nights, with Steffen Morrison, Shirma Rouse, Saskia Laroo, Alexander Beets w / The Round Midnight Orchestra ft. Paul van Kessel and Gallowstreet Brassband. On Sunday afternoon we intimacy is sought with 3 concerts, among which tango jazz by NAOS Quartet and elegant Caribbean jazz of actress Manoushka.

Amersfoort Jazz presents the new generation of Dutch Jazz including Sun-Mi Hong, Kika Sprangers, Xavi Torres, Irene Reig, Thomas Pol, Sebastiaan van Bavel, Gideon Tazelaar, Tim Hennekes and SIMIO (the triple winner of the prestigious Prinses Christina Concours). Amersfoort Jazz together with its Spanish partners Jazz I Am, Jazz Terrassa and Institute Ramon Llull, initiates a quintet of the greatest talents from The Netherlands and Spain.

Amersfoort Jazz also honors the legends. Hans Dulfer (80) returns with his new formation. Boy Edgar prize winner Jasper van ‘t Hof joins Stormvogel and Jasper Blom for a ‘blind date’. Trumpeter Ellister van der Molen plays and tells about the film music of Miles Davis. At De Lieve Vrouw are 3 screenings of the captivating film Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019).

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Last modified: November 23, 2020