North Sea Jazz Festival, 07/08/2023

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Concert information

Festival North Sea Jazz Festival
Date 07/08/2023 (also see 07/07/2023 and 07/09/2023)
Venue Ahoy
City Rotterdam
Country The Netherlands
Line-up (witnessed) Philip Lassiter & The Philthy Phunk Army, Jalen Ngonda, Naft, Róisín Murphy, Kamaal Williams, Mark Lettieri Group, Tom Jones


Day 2 of the greatest festival I know.

Today en route to Rotterdam with Zühal and my eldest son, where the day started off great with Philip Lassiter & The Philthy Phunk Army, but after four songs or so, the whole show collapsed. The magic was gone, the excitment was gone, end of show.

After a short visit to Jalen Ngonda (veelbelovend) to Naft, electronic music driven by horns. Very much fun, highly energetic and danceable.

The choice between Salif Keita and Róisín Murphy was hard, but Murphy had been on my wishlist for quite some time, so the Róisín Murphy show it was, which was geared towards her to be released new album. Haven’t regretted it for a second. What a beatiful show by the somewhat quirky Murphy, whose voice only seems to be getting better and better (if at all possible). Great, highlight of the day!

After Kamaal Williams (annoying) and Mark Lettieri Group (beautiful) off to Tom Jones. With his 83 (!) years, Jones had performed at the Amsterdam Ziggo earlier in the year. Going by the reviews, I had missed out on something truly special. And, it has to be said, Jones deliverd a great set, not shying away from lesser known songs, like great covers of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen songs. Impressive to hear what Jones is still capaable of doing vocally. Great end to day 2.

Artist Seen whole show? Rating
Philip Lassiter & The Philthy Phunk Army No
Jalen Ngonda No
Naft No
Róisín Murphy Yes
Kamaal Williams No
Mark Lettieri Group No
Tom Jones Yes


Róisín Murphy

Can’t Replicate / The Time Is Now / Overpowered / The Universe / Something More / Incapable / Sing It Back / Ramalama (Bang Bang)

Tom Jones

I’m Growing Old / Not Dark Yet / It’s Not Unusual / What’s New Pussycat? / Sex Bomb / One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) / Talking Reality Television Blues / I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall / Tower Of Song / Delilah / You Can Leave Your Hat On / If I Only Knew / Kiss / Strange Things Happening Every Day / Johnny B. Goode

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