We at Jazz North East have long been in love with the older generation of Dutch jazz musicians who have brought humour and imagination to the European scene for many decades. But there’s a whole new group of younger artists, learning from their predecessors, but also tapping into other sources from across the musical spectrum. In fact the Netherlands scene is so inspiring that Amsterdam has become the base for an increasing number of musicians from elsewhere in the world - so American saxophonist John Dikeman and Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler are just two from an international pool of hugely creative artists who have made their homes in the city.
What better way, we thought, to celebrate this new diversity (and to open our 2017 concert programme) than to bring together a group of players from across the generations and nationalities for an all day event? Add in a couple of outstanding young UK artists in Olie Brice (who has played several gigs at Amsterdam’s iconic Bimhuis) and Tyneside’s very own Faye MacCalman, and we have the makings of a hugely exciting day’s music on Sunday 22 January.
Over the course of two sessions, afternoon and evening, we will be showcasing the very best of today’s Dutch jazz scene, with everything from solo performances to rip-roaring ensemble excursions, from intricate compositions to spontaneous improvisation. Around half of the sets will come from established groups, while others will be meetings created specially for the occasion, giving the artists themselves the opportunity to forge new musical friendships. So the great Wilbert de Joode (recent winner of the prestigious Boy Edgar Prize) has asked to link up with fellow bassist Olie - a request we’ve been happy to meet. We’re still working on the detailed programme, but one thing’s for sure - this is going to be a brilliantly varied and imaginative spread of good things from the Netherlands.
In putting this together we have received enormous help from Dutch Performing Arts and the Jazz Promotion Network, who are working together to bring more Dutch musicians over in the coming couple of years. Jazz North East is proud to be at the vanguard of this project, and to be setting the ball rolling with this tremendous all-day showcase. JPN promoter members can apply for free tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/going-dutch-day-tickets-30919933353
Tickets for each session cost £12.00 or £10.00 concessions, but there’s a saving on all day tickets, which are priced at £20.00 / £16.00 concessions. You can get your tickets from the Lit & Phil (0191 232 0192), Reflex Records (0191 260 3246) or online from seetickets.com
Ab Baars (reeds)
Reinier Baas (guitar)
Olie Brice (bass)
Wilbert de Joode (bass)
John Dikeman (sax)
Kaja Draksler (piano)
Onno Govaerts (drums)
Ig Henneman (viola)
Faye MacCalman (reeds)
Jasper Stadhouders (guitar)
Martin van Duynhoven (drums)
The first of two improv sets 2.00 - 5.30pm, and 7.00 - 10.30pm Sunday 22 January