North Sea Jazz FestivalThe first edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival took place in 1976 in the Dutch Congress Building in The Hague. The initial figures: six concert halls, three hundred musicians and around nine thousand visitors. Jazz legends such as Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz performed in this very first festival year. And a complete overview of the Dutch avant-garde came by.
The festival, officially NN North Sea Jazz Festival since 2017, has since developed into a major international event. Over the years we have grown to fifteen stages, around thirteen hundred musicians and a number of visitors that are between sixty-five thousand and seventy-five thousand a year. Moreover, since 2006 the festival has been organized in a new and more spacious location: Rotterdam Ahoy.
North Sea Jazz is also known outside our borders as the event where the past, present and future of jazz come along in three days. In addition to that solid foundation of jazz, many genres pass by, such as blues, soul, funk, hip hop, world, pop and much more.
In addition to performances by famous names such as Nat Adderley, Erykah Badu, Paul Anka, Steve Coleman, Miles Davis, Prince, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys, Lionel Hampton, Al Jarreau, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Jamiroquai and The Zawinul Syndicate also offers the North Sea Jazz Festival a new stage for new talent. Some names of artists who were first introduced to the European public at the North Sea Jazz Festival are: Shirley Horn, Tania Maria, Roy Hargrove, Rachelle Ferrell and Gregory Porter.
All this makes North Sea Jazz so unique. A festival where jazz music from the past, present and the future is presented under one roof for three days.