As noted in my previous post, the 40th edition of Rotterdam's North Sea Jazz Festival (Friday July 10 - Sunday July 12) bulks with world-class acts in jazz and affliated genres. Last week's post highlighted some modern jazz and vocal jazz acts as well as the living legends of jazz playing at the festival. In this second post, I will highlight a number of local acts, soul and jazz-funk acts, world music performances and a few eye-catching pop and R&B acts.
In a few weeks, the 40th edition of the three-day North Sea Jazz Festival (Friday July 10 - Sunday July 12) will kick off. Held in the Ahoy halls in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, North Sea Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and internationally most renowned jazz festivals on the European continent. In this first post of two on the festival, I will highlight a number of interesting acts.
Known for his work in the Pat Metheny Unity Band, and the Next Collective, Ben Williams is one of those artists who represent the fresh wind that has been blowing through jazz in recent years. For the promotion of his sophomore album as a leader titled Coming of Age, Williams brought his Sound Effect quintet to Europe for an eleven-day tour. I caught the band playing A-Trane in Berlin, Germany, last month.