North Sea Jazz festival Rotterdam - location, dates, line-up

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The annual North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam is a very high quality festival where jazz music from the past, present and the future is presented, under one roof, for three days. In addition to jazz, you can also expect to hear blues, soul, funk, hip hop, world, pop and much more.

North Sea Jazz Rotterdam

The first edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival took place in 1976 in The Hague. The event drew about 9000 visitors and featured performances by artists like Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. Since 2006 the festival has been organized in a new and more spacious location: Rotterdam Ahoy. The North Sea Jazz Festival has developed into a major international event with fifteen stages. Nowadays, the event draws between sixty-five thousand and seventy-five thousand visitors a year.

Past performers at North Sea jazz Rotterdam

In the past, many great names have performed at North Sea Jazz Rotterdam. To name a few: Nat Adderley, Erykah Badu, Paul Anka, Steve Coleman, Miles Davis, Candy Dulfer, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys, Lionel Hampton, Al Jarreau, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Jamiroquai, Shirley Horn, Tania Maria, Roy Hargrove, Rachelle Ferrell and The Zawinul Syndicate.

North Sea Jazz festival line-up 2019

There are tons of artists performing at North Sea Jazz this year. But to name a few:

• Diana Krall
• Burt Bacharach
• Dee Dee Bridgewater
• Juanes
• Michel Camilo Quarter
• Jamie Cullum
• Toto
• My Baby
• Jonathan Jeremiah
• Chick Corea
• Bobby McFerrin
• Janelle Monae
• Ms. Lauryn Hill
• Macy Gray
• Gilberto Gil
• Steve Gadd Band
• Mayra Andrade
• Gary Bartz featuring Ravi Coltrane & Charles Tolliver
• Chucho Valdez - Jazz Bata
• Orquesta Akokan
• Curtis Harding
• Rag'n'Bone Man
• Joe Jackson
• Tower of Power
• Jose James with Noordpool Orkest
• Blood Orange
• Anita Baker
• Jacob Banks
• Braxton Cook
• Makaya McCraven
• Robert Glasper w/ Chris Dave, Derrick Hodge
• The Internet

Visit the official North Sea Jazz website for the complete festival line-up and timetable.

North Sea Jazz sounds like:

Check out the Spotify playlist below and have a listen.


Event details

North Sea Jazz festival 2019

Rotterdam Ahoy
Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam

Date(s) & Time(s):
13 - 14 July 2019 | 14:00 - 00:30

Kamasi Washington, Diana Krall, among others

1-day ticket: €95
3-day ticket: €230
(more ticket types available)

Event type:
Music Festival


Location: Rotterdam Ahoy

Not sure how to get there? Check out our directions Rotterdam Ahoy.


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