In 2016, vibraphonist Vincent Houdijk (1981) was declared a Young VIP and became part of a VIP tour of Dutch venues especially for promising talents. Houdijk has worked with, among others, Sean Jones, Eric Vloeimans, Remy van Kesteren, Wouter Hamel, the Residentie Orkest and Metropole Orkest. His band Vincent Houdijk & VinnieVibes is intense, dynamic and irresistible. This year, they are appearing at North Sea Jazz for the first time. Bandleader Houdijk draws inspiration from everywhere – from pop to minimal music, and from jazz to world music. This allows him to create a personal, contemporary musical story, with a fine sense for harmony, melody and swing. The other members of the band are: Floris van der Vlugt (saxophone), Gerson Raams (guitar), Sven Happel (bass), and Haye Jellema (drums), and they are all given plenty of space. Together, they create a warm, deep and highly adventurous sound that entrances audiences, time and again.