In addition to the previous announced names we proudly announce Sheila E. with special guest Candy Dulfer, Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band, Lalah Hathaway and Kelis amongst others.
Further confirmed are Pharoah Sanders, Dr. John with special guest Nicholas Payton, and Jeff Lorber Fusion with special guest Paul Jackson Jr.
During the festival special attention is given to the 75th anniversary of the famous Blue Note label with Jason Moran & Friends. And the concerts of Dr. Lonnie Smith, Benny Golson and the most talented artists of the youngest generation: Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge and Paul Acket Award winner Ambrose Akinmusire.
Also at the festival, the final tour of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® with Omara Portuonda, Eliades Ochoa, Guajiro Mirabal, Barbarito Torres and Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos.
Artist in Residence: Christian McBride
Christian McBride is this year’s Artist in Residence because he is seen as one of the pillars of modern-day jazz. On Friday he will play straight-ahead jazz of the highest level with the beautiful quintet Inside Straight, which includes promising talent Warren Wolf (vibraphone). On Saturday McBride will perform with his big band. Remarkable, since the orchestra has never before performed in the Netherlands. On Sunday he will play with the Christian McBride Trio.
Composition Assignment North Sea Jazz
Each year, the north sea jazz festival commissions a promising dutch jazz composer to write a free composition. In 2014, the honor goes to Tony Roe. “Tony Roe’s compositions are clear and surprising. (…) He makes use of contemporary technology such as samples, sound distortion and video and mixes these with an acoustic jazz trio (piano-double bass-drums). With his band Tin Men & The Telephone, Roe releases contemporary and surprising compositions which can be considered ground-breaking.”, the jury says.