Brit-jazz stars, Metropole Orkest, Puppy, Porter, Metheny and more for North Sea Jazz Fest


This year's North Sea Jazz Festival, the world's largest indoor music festival, takes place in Rotterdam from 13-15 July with an impressive international line-up of jazz heavyweights, with Snarky Puppy bandleader and producer Michael League (above left) as its artist in residence. He appears with Snarky Puppy in a rare live hook-up with the Metropole Orkest (with whom they won a Grammy Award for 2016's Sylva), while also appearing with his Afrocentric new band, Bokanté. Singing sensation Gregory Porter (above centre) also links-up with the Metropole Orkest for a string-laden performance of his Nat King Cole & Me and Other Songs set, arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza.

Rising British jazz stars are there en masse with Sons of Kemet, Moses Boyd's Exodus and Nubya Garcia (above right) all set to appear. The programme also includes US supergroup Hudson – Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski and Scott Colley – Pat Metheny Quartet with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock; Billy Hart Quartet with Joshua Redman; Charles Lloyd and the Marvels; Vijay Iyer Sextet and Maria Schneider with Ensemble Denada. Also booked are R+R with Robert Glasper leading a killer crew of Terrace Martin, Christian Scott, Taylor McFerrin, Derrick Hodge and Justin Tyson.

Other top names in attendance include Cécile McLorin Salvant, Mingus Big Band, Pharoah Sanders, Marcus Miller and the Carla Bley Trio. The festival will also host acts from a wide selection of soul and world artists such as Khalid, The O'Jays, Earth Wind & Fire, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Moses Sumney and Ibeyi.

Mike Flynn

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