Looking back 2019
The 19th edition of Festival Jazz International Rotterdam had a more Rotterdam influence than ever. The organization put artists, musicians, composers who live, learn or work with a foot in Rotterdam at the core of the program, setting the tone for the future of the festival. Jazz International Rotterdam is committed to supporting Rotterdam jazz creators to present themselves and their music, develop (further) and build up an audience. In 2019, they made out approx. 70% of the festival programming. The program was further enriched with (inter) national upcoming artists.
The 19th edition of the festival was also a tribute to Rotterdam’s rich jazz history, celebrating “100 years of jazz in Rotterdam”. The New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra & Jason Lindner opened the festival on 25 October with a special composition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of jazz in the city. An additional program, included four unique concerts took place on 26 October on the sacred jazz ground of De Kaap. Not only were the festival locations at De Kaap a new addition, concerts were also organized in the hall of the Nederlands Fotomuseum.
Various new projects or curated programs were also offered. The festival awarded two composition assignments, curated two international collaborations, and presented the yearly talent development project, The Pack Project. The program also included a Tribute to Belvédère (supported by Verhalenhuis Belvédère), a photo exhibition (with Wim van Zon), a screening of the film Amazing Grace (in collaboration with LantarenVenster), the music pop-up shop Eddy’s Corner and three DJs.
Festival Jazz International Rotterdam 2019 took place on October 25 and 26, 2019, in LantarenVenster, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Kantine and Theater Walhalla and Verhalenhuis Belvédère. The program was compiled by guest programmer Mike Bindraban. And for the fourth time, in collaboration with our sister-festival, Festival Jazz International Nijmegen.