North Sea Jazz Festival, 07/14/2019

Concert information

Festival North Sea Jazz Festival
Date 07/14/2019 (also see 07/12/2019 and 07/13/2019)
Venue Ahoy
City Rotterdam
Country The Netherlands
Line-up (watched) Jungle By Night, Kamasi Washington, Broken Brass Ensemble, Poppy Ajudha, Darryl Hall & John Oates, The California Honeydrops, Blackwave., Janelle Monáe, Robert Glasper, Arp Frique & Family, Lauryn Hill, Jacob Collier


Day 3 of the greatest festival I know.

How Jungle By Night has grown as a band! Tight, swinging, funky and forceful. A great opening to day 3. Kamasi Washington was his usual self, which is great (the piece The Truth is and will always remain beautiful), but he must compile a new setlist. I have seen this one a few times now and things need to evolve.

Via the nice Broken Brass Ensemle over to Poppy Ajudha. A young soul talent from England who performed a great set. After shortly glancing by Darryl Hall & John Oates (nice!) and the disappointing The California Honeydrops on to Blackwave. (with full stop). A duo from Antwerp accompanied by a great band. Top!

And then, Janelle Monáe. Could she match her magnificent Paradiso show from a year before? No, the sound was very bad, and her show didn’t really come off in this setting. Disappointing.

We left a bit earlier to witness the Miles Davis tribute by Robert Glasper. A phenomenal concert by the sympathetic Glasper, who does everything by instinct, live as well. Towards the end of the show he talked about his introduction to Miles Davis being an album that contained the Cyndi Lauper cover Time After Time. It opened his eyes: everything can be jazz. He thought it might be a great idea to let his bass player play the song accompanied by guest vocalist Ledisi. It turned into an unforgettable moment, Goosebumps from the first notes. A truly special moment!

Via a little bit of Arp Frique & Family off to Lauryn Hill, who had disappointed me greatly on April 12th, 2013, by playing a miserably bad show. The start of the show was not great. A dj, a very bad one at that, that stole 15 minutes from the regular show. When Lauryn Hill finally did arrive it turned out she had brought along a fine band. Unfortunately, she was not. Not as bad as in 2012, but it wasn’t good, again.

Off to the multi talented Jacob Collier. It was the same show as the one at Paradiso 5 months earlier. The same pitfall happened here. The community singing gets tiresome. But then, the encore, where everyone (including the band) sat on the floor, was enchanting: In My Room acoustic and (practically) non amplified. A great closer to a great edition of the festival.

Artist Seen whole show? Rating
Jungle By Night No
Kamasi Washington No
Broken Brass Ensemble No
Poppy Ajudha No
Darry Hall & John Oates No
The California Honeydrops No
Blackwave. Yes
Janelle Monáe No
Robert Glasper No
Arp Frique & Family No
Lauryn Hill No
Jacob Collier No


Darryl Hall & John Oates

Maneater / Family Man / Out of Touch / Say It Isn’t So / You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ / She’s Gone / Sara Smile / Is It a Star / I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) / Kiss on My List / Private Eyes / You Make My Dreams

Janelle Monáe

Crazy, Classic, Life / Screwed / Django Jane / Q.U.E.E.N. / Electric Lady / PrimeTime / Pynk / Yoga / I Like That / Make Me Feel / I Got the Juice / Cold War / Tightrope

Come Alive (The War of the Roses)

Lauryn Hill

Intro / Lost Ones / Everything Is Everything / Superstar / Final Hour / Forgive Them Father / Ex-Factor / Can’t Take My Eyes Off You / To Zion / The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill / Doo Wop (That Thing) / Killing Me Softly With His Song / Fu-Gee-La / Ready or Not

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