Rotterdam: All that jazz

Rotterdam: All that jazz

Jazz first came to Rotterdam when the port was being built and it has remained at the heart of the city’s cultural scene ever since. Year after year, the North Sea Jazz Festival attracts the finest jazz musicians from all over the world, but great music can be heard all year round in any of the city’s many jazz venues.

Jazz Venues

Rotterdam has many jazz stages presenting both the big names and the new talent. Concert hall De Doelen and jazz stage LantarenVenster offer the full range of the genre, from modern to world jazz. In the country’s oldest jazz club Dizzy, you’ll find a lot of local talent. Meanwhile, trendy BIRD focuses on straight jazz and crossovers with soul, Latin, funk and electronic music. You’ll also find frequent big-name shows here.

Jazz agenda

Jazz agenda

More concerts and festivals

NN North Sea Jazz Festival 2019 // 12-14 July

It’s the world-famous and beloved jazz festival that needs no introduction. For three days straight, enjoy the past, present and future of jazz, with cameo appearances by big-name artists in blues, soul, funk, hip-hop, world music and pop. Like every year, the stages of North Sea Jazz will be welcoming some of the greats, but you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to discover new talent!

Tip: the after-party, Boogieball (in jazz club Bird) is legendary – don’t miss it. That’s where the bands and artists meet to jam or play DJ until the wee hours.

North Sea Round Town // 27 June-14 July 2019

Warm-up for the North Sea Jazz Festival with North Sea Round Town: over three weeks of free live jazz at an exciting selection of indoor and outdoor venues. Expect an eclectic blend of intimate concerts, master classes, seemingly spontaneous jam sessions, exhibitions, shows and after-parties in living rooms, parks, restaurants and stages.

Jazz Route

Rotterdammers born and bred share the secrets of their city in the free Rotterdam Routes app. There is also a Jazz Route.

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