The Hague has proven over the last 30 years that it's the only true jazz city in the Netherlands. This year Europe’s fastest growing jazz festival, The Hague Jazz, will take place on 17, 18 and 19 June at the Kyocera Stadium.
In just five years, The Hague Jazz has established itself as one of world’s major jazz events. The Kyocera Stadium will sparkle during these days with some 70 concerts featuring jazz, soul, blues, gospel and funk performed on eight different stages.
The Hague Jazz offers an amazing line-up with international jazz stars, heroes of yesteryear and now, but also the cream of the crop of Dutch up and coming talent, various surprising collaborations with the Metropole Orchestra, live art, exclusive expositions and fabulous dining venues.
The emphasis in this year's festival programme is on vocalists of international stature, big names in jazz, world-music crossover performers and names guaranteed to draw an audience.
The number of world-renowned vocalists is large and includes Cassandra Wilson, Rachelle Ferrell, The E-Family feat. Sheila E, Angie Stone, Randy Crawford, Macy Gray, Lizz Wright, Patti Austin, Zap Mama, Trijntje Oosterhuis with special guest Frank McComb, Omar, Bilal and Aloe Blacc.
And just as a festival with 'Jazz' in the name suggests, there are a large number of jazz greats including Bobby Hutcherson with Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Dr Lonnie Smith Trio, Joe Sample, Jef Neve Trio, Joey Calderazzo Trio, David Murray, Donny McCaslin Quartet, Kyle Eastwood Band, Michiel Borstlap, The Ploctones and the ‘super group’ The Jazz Message with their tribute to Art Blakey.
The crossover to world music is a welcome addition each year and this time features Juan de Marcos Afro Cuban All Stars, Baaba Maal, Trilok Gurtu Band, Mamani Keita, Zap Mama and Ntjam Rosie.
True crowd pullers are acts which represent a genre onto themselves like George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic with their P-Funk, guitar virtuoso Andy McKee, the one-of-a-kind Kruder & Dorfmeister and Tortured Soul.
Top talent from the Netherlands will also pass the revue: Waylon, Gare Du Nord, Ruben Hein, Rowwen Hèze, Lefties Soul Connection, Benjamin Herman with the Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest, Monsieur Dubois, State of Monc, The Jazzinvaders, Steffen Morrison, Ntjam Rosie, Darius Dante, Eefje, Theo Nijland and Michiel Borstlap, The Ploctones, Rowwen Hèze and Trijntje Oosterhuis.
As part of a four-month European summer tour, pop icons Duran Duran will perform a very special, one-off show on 11 June at the Kyocera Stadion. The performance will celebrate the physical release of their critically acclaimed new album 'All You Need is Now'.
The Hague Jazz Kids
The Hague Jazz proudly presents the first edition of The Hague Jazz Kids. A children’s festival including performances by Zirkus Zirkus, Fouradi, Yes-R, Ralf and Monsif will take place around the Kyocera Stadium on 12 June. Of course the festival would not be complete without the cooperation of ADO KIDS. Kids can look forward to an afternoon full of music, sports, workshops, dance and theatre.
Pop's formidable diva Grace Jones will give the sold-out opening concert for The Hague Jazz on Wednesday, 15 June. She will also perform on the main stage as the last artist on Friday, 17 June.
Because jazz lovers can never get enough of jazz music, the Hague Jazz Warming Up will break loose on Thursday, 16 June. The location will be centred around the outdoor stage on the Grote Markt Indoor stages can be found at cafés the Supermarkt, September and Zwarte Ruiter. Surprise performances will delight visitors to De Bijenkorf department store.