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The Hague Jazz Festival

Photos by Stephen Hotsma of performances by Lizz Wright, Gino Vanelli, Randy Crawford, George Clinton and many others.

Aloe Blacc at The Hague Jazz 2011
Aloe Blacc at The Hague Jazz 2011
Randy Crawford at The Hague Jazz 2011
Joe Sample at The Hague Jazz 2011
Gino Vanelli at The Hague Jazz 2011
Angie Stone at The Hague Jazz 2011
Angie Stone at The Hague Jazz 2011
Angie Stone at The Hague Jazz 2011
Patti Austin at The Hague Jazz 2011
Patti Austin at The Hague Jazz 2011
Rachelle Ferrel at The Hague Jazz 2011
The Jazz Message at The Hague Jazz 2011
Lizz Wright at The Hague Jazz 2011
Lizz Wright at The Hague Jazz 2011
Bobby Womack at The Hague Jazz 2011
George Clinton at The Hague Jazz 2011
Bilal at The Hague Jazz 2011
Bilal at The Hague Jazz 2011
Bilal at The Hague Jazz 2011
Trijntje Oosterhuis at The Hague Jazz 2011
Macy Gray at The Hague Jazz 2011
Macy Gray at The Hague Jazz 2011
Grace Jones at The Hague Jazz 2011
Grace Jones at The Hague Jazz 2011

For the first time in its six-year history The Hague Jazz Festival expanded from two days to three. Also it was the first time it was held in a stadium. Not quite the setting for a jazz festival, add to that the soaring rain and you can imagine the atmosphere. Nevertheless over ten thousand people a day found their way to see performances by a mixture of artists. Perhaps not all was jazz, but people did not seem to mind that.

Among my favorite artists was Lizz Wright who opened her performance with a great and powerful a cappella introduction. Other names worth seeing were Joe Sample trio featuring Randy Crawford, Rachelle Ferrell, Cassandra Wilson and Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis. In the smaller venues, people could enjoy trumpeter Wallace Roney or The Jazz Message celebrating Art Blakey, who played some very recognizable tunes from the famous album Moanin’. Unfortunately the smaller venues were very crowded which made it nearly impossible to make some good photos or even get a view at the stage.

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