Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival Set for Sep. 3-4

Lineup for fest in Caribbean to include Roy Hargrove, Richard Bona, Michel Camilo, Sergio Mendes, George Benson, Natalie Cole and many more

Curacao in Netherlands Antilles
Scene from Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival

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The largest indoor jazz festival in the world, the North Sea Jazz Festival has been bringing the biggest and broadest range of artists to The Netherlands for 35 years. From Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie to Alicia Keys and Jamiroquai and the Zawinul Syndicate, the past, present and future of jazz music has appeared to audiences in the tens of thousands annually. In 2010, for the first time, the international festival will expand its offerings, extend its reputation and share its expertise with a new effort-the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival.

Just 5,000 miles and six weeks away from the main event, the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 3 and 4, 2010. Similarly set in major indoor and outdoor venues with performances by over thirty-five local, national and international jazz, R&B, neo soul, and Latin artists, the first time festival boasts a stellar line up that includes The Roy Hargrove Quintet, John Legend, Richard Bona, Simply Red, The Michel Camilo Trio, Mulato, Sergio Mendes, La India, Randal Corsen, Sierra Maestra and more. Headlining the festival are multiple Grammy award winning performers George Benson, Natalie Cole and Lionel Richie.

The Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival will feature two evenings and nights of music from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. both nights on three stages. Venues include the World Trade Center Curacao and two outdoor locations including a beach front stage. In addition to world renowned entertainers at this first time festival, the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival also welcomes a number of local performers insuring the cultural flavor of the locale is ever present.

Showcasing the unique island paradise, the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival is primarily designed to introduce the world to one of the best kept vacation secrets around. Selected as one of the Top 10 Destinations for 2010 by, Curacao, offers its anonymity as a part of its appeal.

“People come to Curacao and are pleasantly surprised,” says Andre Rojer, Marketing Manager, Curaçao Tourist Board, North America. “It’s an unknown island Americans, in particular, haven’t discovered yet. We’re not a ‘tourist’ type of island; visitors come and are among the locals. They feel a part of the community. We’re small and everything is close. Curacao resembles Amsterdam in many ways but with better weather,” observes Rojer.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Curacao is a Dutch, Spanish and English speaking island. Miles of beautiful clear beaches, colorful building fronts and its “floating market”–Venezuelan vendors on their boats in the water selling fresh fruits, vegetables and fish–create a distinctive visual image and cultural atmosphere that sets Curacao apart from many other island destinations. The island offers major hotels chains like the Marriott and Hilton but visitors are also able to find accommodations in local spots such as The Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino and the Floris Suite Hotel-both offering special package deals for the festival that include discounts on rooms, transportation to festival sites, complimentary champagne, and more. Island businesses and residents are working together to make sure that the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival puts the island “on the map.”

According to an official press release from the Curacao Tourist Board, the festival is poised “to cater to every type of jazz-loving traveler.” According to Rojer personally of this first time effort in festival production, “Curacao is going jazz crazy!”

For more information about the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival including complete performance schedule, visit the festival’s web site. You can also learn more about the island of Curacao at their Tourism Board web site.