Benefit for the Jazz Archive
The Dutch Jazz Archive has lost its subsidy and is struggling to survive. So top jazz musicians are getting together to raise some money. Among those performing are the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, drummers Han Bennink, John Engels and Joost Patocka who will aim to demonstrate which of them is Master of the Brushes, and a duo composed of guitarist Anton Goudsmit and pianist Harmen Fraanje. There is also a tribute to jazz singer Rita Reys, who died recently.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, December 15.
Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart
This organ trio has a reputation for playing music that is 'hard-swinging modernism and funky boogaloos, lush ballads and lounge-lizard blues'. The New York Times rates them as the best organ trio for decades. They are Larry Goldings on the Hammond B-3 organ, Peter Bernstein on guitar and Bill Stewart on drums.
Lantaren-Venster, Rotterdam, December 10.
Jazz pianist Michiel Borstlap plays a solo gig, performing numbers from his latest album, Reflective.
De Doelen, Rotterdam, December 20.
The young Rotterdam jazz vocalist with the sultry tones combines the best rhythms and sounds from Europe and Africa in her music. She sings numbers from her new album, At The Back Of Beyond, which was partly financed by crowd funding.
North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam, December 21.
Ramón Valle & Orlando 'Maraca' Valle
The cousins Ramón Valle and Orlando Valle from Cuba, both with long and successful careers, finally perform together. Ramón is famous for his virtuoso and expressive piano playing; Orlando is one of the most well-known flautists in the Latin jazz scene.
North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam, December 8.
Sonny Fortune Quintet
The American saxophonist Sonny Fortune plays in the spirit of Miles Davis, with whom he made four albums. With him are trumpet player Michael Varekamp, pianist Jon Davis, bass player Joris Teepe and drummer Joris Dudli.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, December 5.
Sons of Kemet
An unusual line-up from a quartet which sums up everything that makes contemporary UK jazz so exciting. Band leader Shabaka Hutchings plays saxophone and clarinet, with Oren Marshall on tuba and the two drummers Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford. Together they play a danceable mix of jazz, parade music from New Orleans and Arabian scales.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, December 12.
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