Preview North Sea Jazz

Preview North Sea Jazz festival 2017

The first edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival took place in 1976 in the Nederlands Congresgebouw in The Hague. Some numbers in those early days: six venues, three hundred artists and about nine thousand visitors. In this very first festival year internationally renowned jazz legends performed, such as Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz, as well as most Dutch avant-garde artists.

In 2006, the festival moved to its current, bigger, location in Rotterdam. This year, the organisation expects more than a thousand musicians, spread out over 150 performances and thirteen different stages. Though the numbers of visitors were between 65.000 and 70.000 in recent years, the festival still manages to retain its intimate character.

North Sea Jazz is the largest indoor music festival in the world, known globally as the event where the past, present and future of jazz are featured within three days. Next to a firm base of jazz many genres will pass by, such as blues, soul, funk, hip hop, world, pop and much more. Next to enjoying top names from around the world, visitors get the chance to discover new favorite artists. However, North Sea Jazz, is not only a music festival, it is an event that also connects with other art disciplines.

For the fifth time, RC Art Fair shows a mini summer edition of the Rotterdam Art Fair, which token place in February. On the other side of the RC Art, you can find the NO WALLS Expo, an exhibition of artworks that doesn’t involves walls. Participating artists are; Dre Wapenaar, MishMash, Tomas Libertiny, Barbara Witteveen, Aljaz Celarc, Anton Vrede, Jochem Esser, Stefan Yordanov, Isaac Monté, Philine van den Hul, Nico Parlevliet, Wietse Eeken, Tim Boin and Arnout Visser.

During the Rotterdam Art Week in the WTC Art Gallery, an exhibition of the 20 painters called Masters of Rotterdam took place. Also at the North Sea Jazz Festival is a special version of this successful exhibition. Participating painters; Anuli Croon, Rosa Boomsma, Burgert Koonijnendijk, Ditty Chain, Ropp Schouten, Lisette Schumacher, Ralph Meijgaard, Ton van Os, Niels Smits van den Burgst, Eva Krause, Robert Daalmeijer, Donald Schenkel, Esther Nienhuis, Marin de Jong and Will Jansen.

With this special collaboration with MOJO, Bob Smit gallery has the opportunity to show a small preview of the NOWALLS expo and Masters of Rotterdam. This exhibition opens on Saturday, June 10th and is open until July 1st. This gives visitors the opportunity to view the artworks without North Sea Jazz tickets. Participating artists are; Robert Daalmeijer, Ropp Schouten, Ditty Ketting and Wil Jansen, Barbara Witteveen and Wietse Eeken.