Festival Jazz International Rotterdam (FJIR), Festival Jazz International Nijmegen (FJIN) and partner Music Meeting Festival have announced the complete programme for the corona-proof festivals, taking place from 29 October to 1 November 2020. Connections between the jazz cities of Rotterdam and Nijmegen, and links with other European jazz cities, form a common thread running through the festival programmes. 

This year Festival Jazz International Rotterdam celebrates it twentieth anniversary and Festival Jazz International Nijmegen its fifth anniversary. Both festivals collectively aim to provide solid foundations for exciting jazz programmes, and they play an increasingly important role in nurturing talent and promoting exchanges between musicians. We make creative connections between local jazz scenes visible and zoom in on inspiring collaborations.

A number of bands that were scheduled to appear at the cancelled Music Meeting Festival will now perform at one or both jazz festivals. The ‘encounter’ between the Netherlands-based Cuban pianist Ramón Valle and guitarist Reinier Baas, in which Valle challenges Cuban stereotypes and Baas demonstrates his adventurous streak, features on the programmes in Rotterdam and Nijmegen. So too does the experimental and genre-free Berlin duo Witch ‘n’ Monk, performing in Nijmegen with viola player and winner of the Boy Edgar Prize Oene van Geel and in Rotterdam with guitarist Jorrit Westerhof, leading light on the Rotterdam ‘impro’ scene. Also performing is Adédéjì Septet, a band specially assembled by the Nigerian guitarist Adedeji Adetayo and including the young Ghanian trumpet player Peter Somuah.

Taking the stage in Nijmegen are Tijn Wybenga & AM.OK, the contemporary jazz orchestra from Amsterdam that includes a host of young talents and is headed by composer Tijn Wybenga; and Tolyqyn, a versatile and highly talented trio from Berlin, which effortlessly moves between jazz, griot music, delta blues and rock.


Two new collaborations currently under preparation in Rotterdam will premiere at both festivals: Enkuentro brings together the Curaçao pianist Randal Corsen and the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, the flagship of Rotterdam jazz. The Pack Project, an annual talent showcase, this year spotlights the dynamic saxophone player Alba Gil Aceytuno.


Tini Thomsen MaxSax, the high-energy band headed by baritone sax player Tini Thomsen, who revs up jazz more than anybody, is performing in Rotterdam and Nijmegen. On stage in Rotterdam are No Man’s Land: Kika Sprangers & Pynarello, an exciting dialogue between a jazz quartet and a rebellious string ensemble, and Koška Čias, the experimental group formed around the Rotterdam-based Lithuanian pianist Agota Tamelyte,with Stefan Lievestroon pedal steel. Appearing in Nijmegen are the Ingen Navn Trio, impro jazz with versatile young sax player Inga Rothammelat the helm, and cellist Elisabeth Coudoux, who plays a solo improvisation set.


More information and tickets: www.fjir.nland www.fjin.nl


In line with safety protocols for concert venues and the current regulations issued by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), we will provide both musicians and staff with a safe working environment and ensure that audiences can enjoy live music in a safe way.