North Sea Jazz Festival
The North Sea Jazz Festival is a Dutch jazz festival. It has been organized in The Hague since 1976 and in Rotterdam since 2006 . It is now one of the most famous and largest jazz festivals in the world.
The founder of this jazz festival is the Dutch jazz promoter Paul Acket (1922–1992). He started out as a music publisher for magazines such as Luister , Popfoto and Muziek Expres . With the millions in profits from their sale in 1974, he financed his jazz festival, which opened in July 1976 in the Congresgebouw in The Hague. At that time, 9,000 visitors came.
The major music event (up to 70,000 visitors) takes place every year on the second weekend in July from Friday to Sunday. The world's jazz elite meet here at over 100 concerts.
The music ranges from jazz and blues to soul and pop. Contributing artists included Al Jarreau , Alicia Keys , Buddy Guy , Buddy Rich , Candy Dulfer with Rosie Gaines , Carlos Santana , Dianne Reeves , Eddie Palmieri , George Benson , George Duke , Gino Vannelli , Incognito , Larry Carlton , Macy Gray , Marcus Miller , Nippy Noya , Patti Austin , Patti Labelle , The New Power Generation and Wynton Marsalis .
At the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Bird Award , renamed the Paul Acket Award in 2006 , is presented annually to the complete work of jazz musicians and people who have made a contribution to jazz .
- Official website (Dutch, English)