Jim McNeely (director); Chaka Khan (vocals); Jos Beeren, Leo Janssen, Marc Scholten, Max Boeree, Paul van de Feen (clarinet, saxophones); Aimee Versloot, Iris Schut, Julia Jowett, Mieke Honingh, Norman Jansen (alto violin); Annie Tangberg, Bastiaan van der Werf, Emile Visser, Wim Grin (cello); Joke Schonewille, Rosetty de Ruiter-Verwoerdt (harp); Friederike Darius, Janine Abbas, Mariel van den Bos (flute); Martin de Ruiter, Willem Luijt (hobo); Henk Heijink, Jan Hollander, Ruud Breuls, Wim Both (trumpet); Bart van Lier, Jan Bastiano, Jan Oosting, Martin van den Berg (trombone); Hans van de Zanden (horn); Arlia de Ruiter, David Peijnenborgh, Denis Koenders, Erica Korthals Altes, Linda Dumessie, Pauline Terlouw, Sarah Koch, Vera Laporeva (1st violin); Elisabeth Liefkes-Cats, Herman van Haaren, Lucja Gaasterland-Domski, Marianne van den Heuvel, Merijn Rombout, Simone Vierstra, Wim Kok (2nd violin); Lex Bolderdijk, Peter Tiehuis (guitar); Hans Vroomans, Jasper Soffer (piano); Marcel Schimscheimer (bass); Aram Kersbergen, Arend Liefkes, Erik Winkelmann (double bass); Arno van Nieuwenhuizen, Martijn Vink (drums); Mike Schaperclaus, Murk Jiskoot (percussion).
Yvette Marie Stevens from Chicago, also known as Chaka Khan, makes her solo debut Chaka at the end of the seventies, an album that features the hit song I'm Every Woman. She manifests herself more as a hardcore singer than she did before, when she worked with the formation Rufus. The song What Cha Gonna Do For Me caused her real big breakthrough and the song makes it all the way to the American top ten. By then it is already clear that many styles are applicable to La Khan. It's striking that her records introduce a mix of many styles: ballads, r&b, bebop, disco and even country. And even jazz too, because with the help of coryphées like Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock and Lenny White, the singer surprises everyone in 1982 by making Echoes Of An Era, an album with merely jazz standards. And again in 2004 she presents a similar project. Classikhan, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, is an album full of classic songs. Once again she proves to be an all-round vocalist. During her performance at North Sea Jazz she will be accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra, a true phenomena in jazz for more than half a century. The orchestra is acclaimed for its large-scale television productions here and abroad and its collaboration with big stars.