26th EDITION OF THE NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Congress Centre, The Hague, 13 - 14 - 15 July 2001
The North Sea Jazz Festival is introducing a new tradition at its 26th edition: the ‘Artist in Residence’ programme, which gives a specific artist the opportunity to play with a different cast on each festival day. This year the honour is conferred upon the pianist George Duke. This all-round musician and producer, who has amply won his spurs in jazz, classical music and r&b, will perform on three occasions; with singer Dianne Reeves, with the Prima La Musica Orchestra and with an Electric Band. Very special is the concert of nu-soulqueen Erykah Badu, who could only be admired in Europe a few times before and will be visiting the Netherlands for the first time in July. Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin will at last perform together again. Something that has not happened often since 1990, the year in which the duo gave six unique concerts (recorded on their CD Play). The festival is also proud to have contracted the legendary Isaac Hayes, who is receiving full attention again for his movie soundtracks, such as South Park and the recently completed remake of Shaft. An electric band mostly accompanies the Brecker Brothers. At this year’s North Sea Jazz Festival however, they will perform once again with their Acoustic Band.
Other great names invited by the North Sea Jazz Festival include Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, George Benson, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Miriam Makeba, Dianne Reeves, Buena Vista Social Club presents Omara Portuondo, Maceo Parker, ‘Remember Shakti’ feat. John McLaughlin and The Zawinul Syndicate. Of course many older jazz legends will also set off to The Hague, such as Ron Carter, Toots Thielemans, Ray Brown, the members of the Evans Orchestra, Hank Jones, Ahmad Jamal, Clark Terry, Pat Martino and Joe Lovano. Marlene Shaw, Jackie McLean and Von Freeman are flown in from the USA especially for the festival. But of course the North Sea Jazz Festival has a sharp eye for new developments within jazz, such as the striking rise of Scandinavian jazz with artists like Bugge Wesseltoft, Stian Carstensen and Trio Töykeät. Special attention is paid to female composers/arrangers in the Women Composers programme, and the music of Maria Schneider, Mary Lou Williams and Marilyn Mazure will be centre point.
The North Sea Jazz Festival, in association with the Music and Theatre Network, has invited Dutch clarinettist Maarten Ornstein to complete a composition assignment. He has been chosen for this new initiative because of his compositional versatility, profundity and originality. The decisive factor in choosing the 34-year-old Maarten Ornstein was the fact that he is a fairly unknown composer, but one with a very promising future.
Finally, the festival will proudly present its own full jazz label, North Sea Jazz Records, which will be distributed and promoted in association with Universal/Verve. With the release of live recordings and contracting new talented artists North Sea Jazz Records intends to raise jazz to a higher level. Moreover, the label will worldwide count as a visiting card for the jazz festival. The first artist to release a three CD-set on this label, titled Gramercy Park, is the Dutch pianist Michiel Borstlap.
NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2001 - Programme and themes
GEORGE DUKE - ‘Artist in Residence’
SOUL, LATIN AND WORLD DIVAS
WOMEN COMPOSERS (Friday 13 July, Mondriaan Hall)
GP WORLDWIDE (Friday 13 July, Paulus Potter Hall)
TRIBUTE TO ROBERT JOHNSON, 14 July (Paulus Potter Hall)
CRIME JAZZ, 14 July (Escher Hall)
SCANDINAVIAN JAZZ, 15 July (Rembrandt Hall)
DUTCH JAZZ COMPETITION
BIRD AWARD NEW STYLE: ‘ARTIST DESERVING WIDER RECOGNITION’
EDISON JAZZ AWARDS 2001
For see the full programme listing and further information, visit the website: http://www.northseajazz.nl/engels/home.asp