Of all the singers taking to the stage in the Ahoy this weekend,Greetje Kauffeld has performed the most times at the North Sea JazzFestival. The singer from Rotterdam has performed at the festivalon twenty previous occasions. During her career, the 69-year-oldjazz singer has shared the limelight with many of the world'sgreats; she has received royal honors and is a winner of the BirdAward. Kauffeld is a very versatile singer who has taken part inthe Eurovision Song Festival and is very well known in Germanywhere she frequently performs. She only developed her jazzyrepertoire after marrying producer Joop de Roo, who brought herinto contact with Stan Getz. Kauffeld is able to identify like noone else with the songs she sings and her timing and phrasing areclose to perfection. During her performances she creates anemotional and moving sense of melancholy that alternates with purejoy. Although Kauffeld has been in the business for over 50 years,she remains a jewel in the world of jazz and her voice is morevelvety than ever. At the North Sea Jazz Festival she is performingwith the Dutch-Surinamese singer Humphrey Campbell. They have sungtogether in the past, for example on the album The Real Thing(1994).