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2012 North Sea Jazz Festival

Photos by Stephen Hotsma from the 2012 North Sea Jazz Festival

James Carter
James Carter
Christian Scott
Cindy Blackman Santana
Dave Holland
Esperanza Spalding
Fatoumata Diawara
George Benson
Gregory Porter
Hugh Laurie
Jack Bruce
Archie Sepp
Janelle Monae
Jille Scott
Joe Bonamassa
Kevin Eubanks
Kristopher Funn
Kyteman Orchestra
Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
Michael Kiwanuka
Ravi Coltrane
Tony Bennet
Trombone Shorty

This weekend was the 37th edition of the world famous North Sea Jazz festival in The Netherlands. Once again, an amazing lineup was presented. Also again, it seemed that there was less jazz music than in previous editions. Nevertheless, with over 150 acts by more than 1,500 musicians you would always find something of your choice: jazz, blues, soul, hiphop, world music or even rock, it was all there.

And so it happened that over 65,000 music lovers from all over the world came to Rotterdam to listen to artists like Gregory Porter, James Carter, Trombone Shorty, Joe Lovano, Melody Gardot, Robert Glasper, Ravi Coltrane and many others. And this was just the kick-off on Friday evening. On Saturday you had the opportunity to listen to music performed by Esperanza Spalding, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, George Benson and Christian Scott among many others. Sunday was the evening with most “popular” names; Tony Bennet, Amos Lee, D’Angelo, Maceo Parker, Wayne Shorter and Macy Gray were lined-up to make it an unforgettable festival.

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