Artists on the move

A beautiful tradition at North Sea Jazz: extraordinary acts who perform while roaming the festival and surprise visitors upon arrival and departure.

Brassta La Vista

After the success of Brassta La Vista's previous set One Day Wonders, it's now time for the guilty pleasures: AMEEZING! The group delivers surprising arrangements of the most well-known guilty pleasure hits, performed by a group of professional brass players and a drummer. You will hear familiar music, but in a completely new guise - both literally and figuratively.
Friday and Sunday

Dr. Brass

This eight-member Dutch brass band is known for its energetic performances and cheerful appearance. Popping pop music from Adele, Lady Gaga and Chaka Khan, homemade jazz arrangements and swinging originals from their own soil make Dr. Brass a welcome guest at various events and (jazz) festivals. Starting out as a group of friends from the conservatory, they have grown into a band of considerable size. The infectious enthusiasm and pleasure of the musicians make audiences everywhere join in. Whether on a stage or among the crowd, they create atmosphere. In 2016, Dr. Brass released their debut album, Ouch!, which got raving reviews in the world of brass bands. They have played on a range of festivals, including North Sea Round Town, Breda Jazz, Jazz in Duketown, Riverboat Jazz Festival in Denmark and King of the Court in Belgium.

SKVR Brassbandschool

Every Saturday, students from all corners, of all ages and backgrounds come together and develop their passion for (Caribbean) brass music at the Brassband School. They are taught percussion, trumpet and trombone, and perform at smaller and larger events. Every year, the school and North Sea Jazz invite a musician from the festival to give a workshop to the students. In previous years it was already given by Theon Cross (tuba), Ryan Porter (trombone) and Tony Austin (drums) from Kamasi Washington's band, but also by trumpeter Philip Lassiter, former section leader / arranger of Prince & The New Power Generation . After the workshop, the students give a performance on the square in front of Ahoy.

Suck Da Head

Initiated in 2010 out of love for the second-line streetjazz from New Orleans, Suck Da Head is a French brass band that takes inspiration from the repertoire of acts like Rebirth Brass Band, Youngblood Brass Band and Treme Brass Band. Thanks to the impetus of new members they started professionalizing and playing more regularly from 2017 onwards. Now they create a wall of sound with which they entertain on street corners and at festivals, either on stage or marching through the crowds. In Rotterdam they will do both. Between original compositions and covers, the spirit of New Orleans is always present as the 14 musicians present their own musical mix of jazz with funk and a dash of hip-hop. With their contagious joy, brassy riffs and intoxicating rhythms, we dare you to resist their call to dance!
Saturday and Sunday