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Enjoy musical entertainment on Sunday

Easy like Sunday morning, or Sunday afternoon. In more and more places, you can enjoy Sunday while being pleased with classical music, jazz or other light music. Some establishments will serve breakfast, brunch or lunch in between, and others will even make you dance!

New Luxor Theatre

The wooden parquet floor of the Rijnfoyer in the New Luxor Thater is much loved by dance lovers. Therefore, a Sunday Afternoon Dance is regularly organised, with Bill Baker's Big Band playing on 3 March, 21 April and 30 June from 15.00 from the repertoire of Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra, among others. The afternoons are free to attend after booking a ticket.

Swing by Sunday at the New Luxor Theatre

The White Horse

Every third Sunday of the month there is a Jazzmatinee at The White Horse in Vreewijk. These jazz Sundays are free of charge. On 17 March, guitarist and composer Michiel Stekelenburg will perform.

There are also other concerts. On 30 June, Big Band Blast! will be present with Metheny Mood, a tribute to legendary guitarist Pat Metheny, arranged by trombonist Bob Curnow, a master arranger of the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

With Nils van Haften at the helm, the most extraordinary compositions and arrangements are brought to life. The music is a vibrant mix of excitement, swinging rhythms and magical twists that will enchant even the most seasoned music lover, from classical to contemporary. Rutger Mathys from Belgium, a virtuoso on the harmonica, will be present as a special guest.


In the Park near the Euromast is a historic building from the eighteenth century. Mayors and dike counts lived in the Heerenhuys and after that it was rented out to the Red Cross and was part of the Academy of Fine Arts. Many still know it as Zochers restaurant and now it hosts weekly concerts on Sunday mornings, an initiative of Stichting Droom en Daad. This is the programme and prior to the concert starting at 11.30 a breakfast can be ordered served by Dudok in the Park. Breakfast includes a croissant, bread, a boiled egg, savoury and sweet toppings, pancakes and fresh juice. Coffee and tea can be ordered and paid for separately as desired.

1NUL8 Basement

The stylish business below water level has been a popular spot since it opened in autumn 2023. 1NUL8 Basement presents the Jazz Sunday Basement Brunch on 11 March, 21 April and 19 May. While Rotterdam singer Noami Tournier sings, guests can order brunch from the regular dinner menu. Doors open at 13.00 and the entertainment starts at 14.00. Tickets can be reserved via the website.

1NUL8 Basement is the setting for Jazz Sunday Brunch

NY Basement

Every last Sunday of the month, the atmospheric bar underneath Hotel New York is the stage for Frank in Person. The Rotterdam singer sounds like Frank Sinatra and will provide an old-fashioned performance in NY Basement. Sinatra's Sunday Lunch starts at 13:00 and an amuse bouche, 4 dishes, friandises and water will be served from the kitchen. Other refreshments are at your own expense. The afternoon ends around 16:30. The next editions of the musical lunch are on 31 March, 28 April, 26 May and 30 June.

The Baggage Carrier House

Delfshaven is a historic part of Rotterdam and the Zakkendragershuisje is a distinctive little building that dates back to 1653. Today, it serves as a cultural living room. Drijfzand programmes performances, lectures, public rehearsals, exhibitions and there is also room for music. On Sundays, there are often musical afternoons where you can enjoy a drink in addition to a concert.

The Little Pocket Carrier House by Iris van den Broek

The Yellow Canary

It is also a songbird. So music also sounds regularly in The Yellow Canary. Even the Boozy Brunch on Sundays is often framed by music. During the Boozy Brunch, lovers can have unlimited cocktails between 12:00 and 15:00 and exclusive brunch dishes such as fresh oysters, Chicken&Waffles and salmon-avocado toast. Reservations can be made for 2 people or more via the reservation form.

SS Rotterdam

A ship with a very rich musical history, legends like Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan have all played in the ship's theatre. Frank Sinatra sat at the bar. So it is logical that jazz is still regularly heard on the SS Rotterdam. On 24 March 2024, the Dutch Swing College Band will give another concert in the Queen's Lounge. Fans can dance to the swinging music.

About Dutch Swing College Band

During World War II, jazz music was banned in the Netherlands. Yet there were some young people who wanted to preserve this music. They practised and played in secret and were determined to establish a school for jazz music after the war: the Swing College. On the day of liberation in 1945, the Orchestra of the Dutch Swing College had its first performance. Lectures were given, jazz meetings organised and music lessons given by members of the band. The name was therefore soon changed to the Dutch Swing College Band. In 1960, the Dutch Swing College Band became a professional orchestra, they won many awards and play successfully worldwide to this day.

Dutch Swing College Band performs on SS Rotterdam on 24 March. Photo by Iris van den Broek

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