30th edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival July 8, 9 and 10 2005

North Sea Jazz lives to see a special edition on July 8, 9, 10 this year. Special, because this year it bid it's goodbyes to the Netherlands Congress Centre in The Hague, to continue the festival in Rotterdam Ahoy’ next year. Special, because the biggest indoor jazz festival in the world celebrates its 30th anniversary. Before and during North Sea Jazz 2005 this milestone will be celebrated with a number of special concerts and sessions.

This jubilee edition will be opened with a Special 30th Anniversary Concert of the famous trio Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette on Wednesday July 6. It was twenty years ago today that this threesome had their last performance in Holland, which also took place at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Subsequently a number of 30th Anniversary Sessions, including nothing but first class musicians and led by a.o. Joe Zawinul and George Duke, will take place during the three days of the festival.

North Sea Jazz is also very pleased that Dave Holland, the man who played at many editions of the festival, has willingly accepted the task of Artist in Residence. The master bass player will perform in a duo line-up with Trilok Gurtu, with a quartet (with Herbie Hancock, Chris Potter and Jack DeJohnette) and the Dave Holland Big Band. Furthermore the festival organization considers itself very honoured with the presence of the legendary pianist Oscar Peterson, the man who’s been absent from the Dutch jazz scene for almost ten years and has picked the North Sea Jazz Festival as one of the only six places in Europe where he will perform this year. Next to this a great many famous names will travel to The Hague including Al Green, Joss Stone, Steps Ahead, Jamie Cullum, Solomon Burke, Youssou N’Dour, John Scofield, Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans, Ibrahim Ferrer and David Sanborn.

Almost all great jazz pianists will be present at this anniversary edition. In addition to the afore mentioned Oscar Peterson and Keith Jarrett we name Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Brad Mehldau, Michel Camilo and Randy Weston. Furthermore North Sea Jazz 2005 proudly presents many great vocalists from the jazz, soul, blues and funk tradition. Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Cristina Branco, Chaka Khan, Rita Reys, Peter Cincotti and Lizz Wright will prove that the voice still is one of the most important musical instruments.

Flamenco Meets Jazz is a theme that runs through the entire program and includes a duo concert of Michel Camilo and Tomatito, Chick Corea and Touchstone (Paco de Lucia’s band) and Jerry Gonzales & Los Pirates Del Flamenco. This year again North Sea Jazz presents a number of special projects including Chaka Khan with the Metropole Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin with the Randy Weston Quintet, Youssou N’Dour and the Fathy Salama Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band featuring James Moody and Roy Hargrove. Candy Dulfer shares the stage with a selection of Prince’s musicians, including Sheil E.

North Sea jazz also highlights several jazz labels. This year the festival presents Verve and the German label ACT. In cooperation with the Nederlandse Jazzdienst the festival has invited the talented composer/violonist Oene van Geel to carry out the composition assignment.

Cuban legend Ibrahim Ferrer will open the North Sea Jazz Festival on Thursday July 7 at the Buhrmann Midsummer Jazz Gala. The singer of the Buena Vista Social Club will present his new project ‘Mi Sue?o - a Bolero Songbook’. Next day at the festival, Ferrer will perform again in the PWA Hall.

On Thursday night July 7, at the free accessible festival warming up, there will be concerts in the city centre of The Hague by a.o. Soulive and N’Dambi. Simultaneously one can also enjoy live jazz in the many clubs and bars. On Thursday and Friday afternoon lunch concerts will be organized at the Provinciehuis.

Wednesday afternoon July 7 Gert-Jan van den Ende (known for 'Ernst, Bobbie en de rest') will present Gigs for Kids, a performance organized by North Sea Jazz especially for children. The main program consists of Peer & Parea’s family concert ‘Trapperdetrap’. The young musicians of the Jazz Juniors, winners of the Prinses Christina Concours, will perform before and after the main program.

For the Bird Award ‘Artist Deserving Wider Recognition 2005’ the following artists are nominated by an independent jury: Ben Allison, Bert van den Brink, Jorge Pardo, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lars Danielsson and Tony Overwater. Mid June the winner will be chosen. At the same time the winner of the Bird Award Special Appreciation 2005 will be announced. Both Bird Awards will be presented at the festival.

During the three festival days NPS broadcasts highlights and entire concerts on Nederland 3 and Radio 2. Via web-cams and video reports the festival can also be watched on In the weeks leading up to the event NPS largely pays attention to NSJ in the television program NPS Output and the radio program Round Midnight.

Again this year North Sea presents several special and unique projects. The afore mentioned soul & funk singer Chaka Khan performs with the internationally acclaimed Metropole Orchestra and Bobby McFerrin expressed his wish to work with the Randy Weston Quintet. For fusion lovers there is the All Star line-up of Steps Ahead with Mike Mainieri, Michael Brecker, Mike Stern, Richard Bona and Steve Smith; no comment needed here. An exceptional program is also brought to you by the Dutch Jazz Orchestra with the Boyd Reaburn Project featuring soloists Buddy DeFranco and Lydia van Dam. In the 30’s and 40’s the orchestra of saxophonist Boyd Reaburn played the wildest arrangements of the time, mostly penned by pianist John Handy. Buddy DeFranco was one of the band-members. For vocalists it was a struggle to keep up with an orchestra playing hazardous dissonants. Another interesting combination is presented by the Charles Stepney Project featuring Jazzanova, Dox Orchestra, Zapp! and Terry Callier. Charles Stepney was a famous composer and producer in the seventies and is especially known for his work for Earth, Wind & Fire and Minnie Ripperton. Fado singer Cristina Branco will be accompanied by several special jazz musicians including accordionist Richard Galliano. The Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour will share the stage with the orchestra of the famous Egyptian conductor and composer Fathy Salama.

This year the programme also provides artists, who explore the borderlines of jazz. For instance Moloko singer R?s?n Murphy presents her new project produced by Matthew Herbert. Matthew Herbert too performs with his own project ‘Plat Du Jour’ featuring a real chef de cuisine on stage. Detroit producer Moodymann moves closer to jazz each year and finally he managed to have his live project programmed at North Sea Jazz. Another Dutch debut awaits Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem who mixes Arab and French folk music with jazz. Saxophonist John Zorn performs with his Acoustic Masada in which elements of Jewish folk music fuse with jazz and improvised music.

In cooperation with the Nederlandse Jazzdienst, North Sea Jazz has given this year’s composition assignment to violinist and composer Oene van Geel. Van Geel is known for his ‘open mind’ and his incorporation of past, present and future in both his playing and compositions. Since he has already composed for the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the composition assignment seems to be in very good hands again this year.

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