PROGRAM #: EJS 08-01
RELEASE DATE: 01 JULY 2008
When composer/arranger/band leader Vince Mendoza is in the Netherlands to lead the renowned Metropole Orchestra, he takes the big band deep into the evening hours. We caught them on one of those playful nights at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, joined by trombone player Nils Landgren (who plays, among other things beautiful Swedish folk songs).
The other set on this show is a remarkable concert with Shakespeare sonnets especially put to music by Dutch trombonist Ilja Reijngoud for this evening. Singer Fay Claassen beautifully sings these new songs with the strongest words. Old and yet as alive as ever. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-02
RELEASE DATE: 08 JULY 2008
A NORTH SEA SAMPLER
This hour is packed with some of the best electric bands the 2007 festival had to offer. The Esbjörn Svensson Trio hardly needs an introduction, they have played a prominent part in the jazz charts across Europe recently. The group Medeski, Martin and Wood adds the eminent guitarist John Scofield for a jazz fusion set at the highest level.
The Ploctones are the ensemble of the gifted and zany guitarist Anton Goudsmit. Their intense and funky jazz makes time fly.
Trumpet player Rob van de Wouw is a new kid on the block. The founder of the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra he will “Reboot Your Soul” with this mix of danceable jazz, funk, nu-classic soul and hip hop beats. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-03
RELEASE DATE: 15 JULY 2008
Saxophone player Joris Roelofs just 24, has won the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown fellowship Award in the US, and several prestigious competitions in the Netherlands.
We hear him in a quartet setting.
Then we go to Glasgow, Scotland for the band that brings together the best young players of Europe each year. This European Youth Jazz Orchestra is conducted by Barrie Forgie. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-04
RELEASE DATE: 22 JULY 2008
A wonderful concert by the late wizard of keys and sounds: Joe Zawinul. He brought his syndicate to the 2007 North Sea Festival for this recording, one of his last concert appearances. Bassist Linley Marthe and drummer Karim Ziad both play in Zawinul’s band. They also are the core of Paris Touch, with Bojan Z. on piano and Julien Lourau on saxophones. On the second half of our show, Paris Touch gives us an intriguing sample from the jazz micro-cosmos of the French capital. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-05
RELEASE DATE: 29 JULY 2008
Last year, the North Sea Jazz Festival hosted the first European Jazz Competition, sponsored by the Festival and the EBU, the European Broadcasting Union. We will bring you highlights of the finalists’ sets and our full attention to the winning band Empirical. Buckle up for TTPKC & Le Marin (France), Franz von Chossy Trio (Netherlands), Frederik Köster Quartet (Germany), Chet Doxas Quartet (Canada) and of course: Great Britain’s enticing winner, Empirical. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-06
RELEASE DATE: 05 AUG 2008
A blend of styles from Latin America makes this program steam and swing. Hermeto Pascoal, founding father of Brazilian free jazz, happily mixes traditional rhythms like forros, frevos and sambas with jazz, rock and even modern classical music. Yamandú Costa is the biggest guitar talent Brazil has known for a long time. His playing tickles the senses and takes us to the corners of Brazilian music. Singer Izaline Calister and piano player Randal Corsen are from the island of Curaçao. They blend melodies of the Antilles with rhythms from the West Indies like the tumba. Bye-Ya plays Cuban and Latin American rhythms mixed with jazz. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-07
RELEASE DATE: 12 AUG 2008
Heleen van den Homberg writes her own songs. Her dark, intimate, almost spiritual music makes her concert an experience unlike any other. The quartet includes Bert van den Brink, Holland’s most delicate piano player and winner of the prestigious 2007 Boy Edgar Prize.
From the Amsterdam Concertgebouw comes another beautiful concert from reed player David Kweksilber with Guus Jansen on piano. This adventurous concert by two musicians who leap boundaries from classical styles to straight ahead jazz, is always attractive and heart warming. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-08
RELEASE DATE: 19 AUG 2008
Just in time for Labor Day: Daniel Frankl hosts a special hour with some of the greatest performances from 30 years of North Sea Jazz. From 1977 Phil Woods; from 1978 Betty Carter; from 1989 the Harper Brothers; from 1998 the Rob Madna Quintet and from 2001 Toots Thielemans and the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. This hour has some of the best jazz we can imagine. Don’t miss it.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-09
RELEASE DATE: 26 AUG 2008
In this program, highlights of one complete night of music from the Madeira hall at the 2007 North Sea Jazz Festival. It’s a sanctuary of intimate and delicate music, played by experienced musicians with impeccable taste and style. Joe Lovano joins the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra who plays the wonderful songs and arrangements of its leader.
Bert van den Brink and Jesse van Ruller offer a duo concert on piano and guitar. They are masters of delicate detail, yet they never lose their swing. Finally we settle in with trumpeter Marvin Stamm and pianist Bill Mays in an easy and sophisticated musical conversation. Don’t miss the pleasure of the Madeira Hall at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-10
RELEASE DATE: 02 SEP 2008
Guitarist Vernon Reid, scratcher DJ Logic (Jason Kibler) and singer Taylor McFerrin are the Yohimbe Brothers. Elements of their music are rock, jazz, hip-hop, electronic dance and ambient sounds. Despite this profusion of styles, the music is coherent and convincing. Sax man Benjamin Herman returns to European Jazz Stage with a swinging set from his quartet with Carlo D’Wys on Hammond B3, Jesse van Ruller on guitar and Martijn Vink on drums. The beat goes on. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-11
RELEASE DATE: 09 SEP 2008
Bright moments from the 2008 North Sea Jazz Festival in majestic Rotterdam. Now in its 33rd year the North Sea is among Europe's best known summertime events, featuring top international players and upcoming ensembles in all jazz styles on 15 stages. As this is written, we have to wait to know the stars of this hour, but we promise pure North Sea jazz dazzle. Program details will be sent in late July. Daniel Frankl hosts.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-12
RELEASE DATE: 16 SEP 2008
Daniel Frankl hosts three vocal concerts with highly individual singers from the US and Europe. Kurt Elling sang a heartfelt concert at last year’s North Sea Jazz Festival. It has been a while since he last visited North Sea, and you can tell he was happy to be back. With wonderful arrangements, inspiring lyrics, a great voice and strong band: everything’s right in this concert.
Lydia van Dam has been around in the Dutch jazz scene for many years. Here’s a singer who knows what she wants to say and how to say it.
The United Women’s Orchestra brought Michael Schiefel with them to the Music Meeting Festival in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Schiefel is a brilliant improviser and performer and the current hit in the jazz clubs of Berlin.
PROGRAM #: EJS 08-13
RELEASE DATE: 23 SEP 2008
The Zapp String Quartet is Holland’s most sparkling, hardest grooving string ensemble. All Zapp members are improvisers and soloists in their own right and compose and arrange music for the quartet. Their approach is original, unconventional and always a pleasure to listen to.
We captured the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in a special concert, arranged for three young soloists: Robert Rook on piano, Milan Bonger on saxophones and Stefan Lievestro on double bass. The repertoire is a mix of newly arranged jazz standards and originals written by the three guest soloists. Daniel Frankl hosts
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