North Sea Jazz 2010

Every year during summer there's this great Jazz festival in the Netherlands called the North Sea Jazz festival. Offering a wide range of 'jazz' music, stretching from Sonny Rollins to Stevie Wonder, there is always something interesting to see and listen to. Of course this formula is the only way to really attract enough people to be able to organise such a mega music event. See also my article about Jazz Lovers, an endangered species. Read more...


This time I checked in on Pat Metheny, Kurt Elling, Norah Jones, Jamie Lidell, Typhoon & New Cool Collective, Marcus Miller 'Tutu revisited', Earth Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock (picture), Chick Corea, The Ploctones and David Sanborn/Joey DeFransesco/Steve Gadd. Highlights for me were Marcus Miller playing Miles Davis stuff from the 'Tutu' days with nice solo's in 'duo face-down' Davis style, especially from 22-year old saxophonist Alex Han, as well as Herbie Hancock playing jazzy variations on well-known tunes like Lennon's 'Imagine' and Peter Gabriel's and Kate Bush's 'Don't give up'. Dutch group the Ploctones also sounded very funky thanks to Anton Goudsmit on guitar. They master playing weird time signatures like 7/4 or 13/4 etc. while still sounding very natural. 

It was a nice weekend with a 'little' disappointed at the end: the Netherlands lost the football world cup final in South Africa. Spain was indeed entitled to win. A weekend full of excitement :-)

About me

I like music, especially making music. I listen to a lot of different stuff, but I like soul, jazz and fusion music most. I like to develop and experiment with tools to make music performance and improvisation on the spot more exciting. It is fun when unexpected musical things happen during a performance!

In recent years I developed the MIDI real-time Harmonizer, a tool for generating harmonized chords when playing a solo line. Inspired by the work of saxophonist Michael Brecker, I started to develop this tool to run on Mac and PC. Brecker played the Electronic Wind Instrument and used the Oberheim Xpander synth to generate random chords from an EWI solo line. Now you can accomplish the same thing with the MIDI real-time Harmonizer driving your own favourite (plugin) synths.

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