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Sting, Raye and Black Pumas at North Sea Jazz 2024

North Sea Jazz has announced the first names. Sting, Black Pumas, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone and Vulfpeck will make their appearance in Rotterdam this year. As will Brittany Howard, Candy Dulfer with special guest Jonathan Butler, Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, Ibrahim Maalouf, Lizz Wright, Mahalia, Masego, Raye and Tems. Also performing are jazz greats such as Avishai Cohen, Joshua Redman and John Scofield & Dave Holland. Meshell Ndegeocello is Artist in Residence. The festival takes place on 12, 14 and 14 July, in Ahoy, of course. Check the site for the latest info.

The festival presents a number of special jazz projects. Such as the new quartet of tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Johnathan Blake. And Something Else! with Vincent Herring, Binker Golding, Jeremy Pelt, David Kikoski , Paul Bollenback, Essiet Essiet and Lewis Nash. Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés celebrates the 50th anniversary of his Afro-Cuban jazz group Ikare. And Shai Maestro performs with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.

As usual, the festival also introduces new, emerging artists. For instance, Amaro Freitas, D.K. Harrell, Kymara, Lander & Adriaan, Laura Misch, Lawrence and Veronica Swift will make their debut in Rotterdam this year.

Friday, 12 July

Amaro Freitas Trio, Avishai Cohen Bande Iroko, Brittany Howard, Chucho Valdés: Irakere 50, corto.alto, D.K. Harrell, Emily King, Henri Texier 'An Indian's Life', Jamie Cullum, Kinga Głyk, Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet 'The Next Step Reunion Tour', Kymara, Laufey, Lehmanss Brothers, Myra Melford - Fire & Water Quintet, Potter*Mehldau*Patitucci*Blake, Raye, Reuben James, Sanem Kalfa Miraculous Layers, Smino and Vulfpeck.

Saturday 13 July

Anouk & Metropole Orkest, Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, Corinne Bailey Rae presents Black Rainbows, Fire! Orchestra, Harold López-Nussa 'Timba a la Americana' ft. Grégoire Maret, Luques Curtis & Ruy Adrian López-Nussa, Ibrahim Maalouf and the trumpets of Michel-Ange, Joel Ross Good Vibes, John Ghost, John Scofield & Dave Holland, Joshua Redman Group ft. Gabrielle Cavassa 'where are we' Tour, Joss Stone, Laura Misch, Lawrence, Lizz Wright, Maite Hontelé's NJJO Goes Mambo, Marisa Monte, Masego, Quique, Something Else! ft. Vincent Herring, Binker Golding, Jeremy Pelt, David Kikoski, Paul Bollenback, Essiet Essiet and Lewis Nash, Sungazer Plus, Tems and Veronica Swift.

Sunday 14 July

Bamba Wassoulou Groove, Benjamin Clementine, Black Pumas, Candy Dulfer with special guest Jonathan Butler, Cécile Mclorin Salvant, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Dave Douglas Gifts Quintet ft. James Brandon Lewis, Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang, Faada Freddy, Jimetta Rose & The Voices of Creation, Knower, Lander & Adriaan, Mahalia, Noname, Sampha, Shai Maestro & Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Sting, Sylvie Courvoisier Chimaera, Vicente Amigo and Walter Smith III.

Cover photo: Andreas Terlaak

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