Additional Star Names Added To North Sea Jazz Line-Up

The party just got bigger and better

By Michael Ruyter | Published: Fri 22nd Mar 2024

North Sea Meshell

buy tickets now > Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2024
Ahoy, Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, The Netherlands MAP
Three day tickets at €340 Day-ticket are available from the 1st of February for €135.00
Daily capacity: 80,000
Last updated: Fri 22nd Mar 2024

The NN North Sea Jazz Festival, the world's largest indoor music festival, has announced an additional wave of artists for this year's event. Taking place from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July at the Ahoy Centre in Rotterdam, North Sea 2024 will present a line-up bursting with huge international stars from across the worlds of jazz, blues, soul, pop and beyond.

Joining a list of previously-announced artists such as  Sting, record breaking Brit Award nominee Raye, GRAMMY-winner Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamaican-American singer and saxophonist Masego, Mercury Prize winner Sampha, boundary-pushing American rapper and poet Noname, Alabama Shakes vocalist Brittany Howard, and Joss Stone, are over 50 new acts that include Jazz Fusion royalty Al Di Meola, Arooj Aftab, Obongjayer, Butcher Brown, the legendary US saxophonist Charles Lloyd and


This year's Artist In Residence is the inimitable singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello (main picture) who will perform a different project each night of the festival. The music of singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello is actually too encompassing to be confined to a single genre like 'jazz'. Soul, funk, and even hip-hop are equally suited to Ndegeocello. She demonstrated her versatility once again on her latest album The Omnichord Real Book in 2023, with which she won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Jazz Album earlier this year. 

The festival has also confirmed an array of some of the world's most celebrated jazz artists including Joshua Redman, Jamie Cullum, American saxophonist and composer Walter Smith III, bassist Avishai Cohen, French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and a new quartet featuring tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Johnathan Blake.

Welcoming around 80,000 music fans each year, the North Sea Jazz Festival has built an incomparable reputation since its inaugural year in 1976, hosting a string of musical icons over the years from Miles Davis and Count Basie to Amy Winehouse and Adele. This summer the festival expects more than a thousand musicians, spread out over 150 performances and fifteen different stages. Less than an hour's plane-ride away, a direct train from London St Pancras or ferry ride, the North Sea Jazz Festival is easily accessible from the UK. 

This is how the line-up looks to date

Friday 12 July:

Al Di Meola, Amaro Freitas Trio, Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Avishai Cohen Bande Iroko, Brittany Howard, Chief Adjuah [formerly Christian Scott], Chucho Valdés,  Irakere 50, corto.alto,  Dhafer Youssef, D.K. Harrell,  Emily King,  Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio,  Henri Texier 'An Indian's Life',  Idema/Serierse Quartet,  Jamie Cullum,  Kinga Glyk,  Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet 'The Next Step Reunion Tour',  Kymara, Laufey,  Lehmanss Brothers,  Myra Melford - Fire & Water Quintet,  Niescier / Reid / Remigi,   Potter*Mehldau*Patitucci*Blake,  PJ Morton,  Raye,  Reuben James,  RIMON,  Sammy Rae & The Friends,  Shirma Rouse & Orchestra of the Royal Netherlands Air Force 'Celebrating Aretha Franklin',  Smino,  Sun-Mi Hong Quintet,  Vulfpeck

Saturday 13 July:

Ancient Infinity Orchestra,  Anouk & Metropole Orkest,  Arooj Aftab,  Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram,  Cisco Swank,  Corinne Bailey Rae presents Black Rainbows,  Elmiene,  Enemy - Kit Downes,  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,  Jungle by Night,  Lawrence,  Lizz Wright,  Maite Hontelé & Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest,  Matthew Halsall,  Manu Delago & Mad About Lemon,  Marisa Monte,  Masego,  Obongjayar,  Petter Eldh & James Maddren,  Philipp Rüttgers Trio,  Quique,  Something Else! ft. Vincent Herring, Binker Golding, Jeremy Pelt, David Kikoski, Paul Bollenback, Essiet Essiet, and Lewis Nash,  Sungazer Plus,  Tems,  Veronica Swift' Roseye, Sam Newbould Quintet, Swan,  The Dam Jawn with Jeremy Pelt,  Thee Sacred Souls,  YIN YIN

Sunday 14 July:

Bamba Wassoulou Groove, Benjamin Clementine,  Black Pumas,  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,  Walter Smith III,  Butcher Brown, Charles Lloyd Sky Quartet featuring Jason Moran, Larry Grenadier and Eric Harland, Cory Henry, Djavan, Dulfer! Total Response, Ella Zirina Trio, Enji, Glimlip x Yasper, Imaginarium, INIKO, Kahil El'Zabar Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Kaisa's Machine, Karsu, Nicole McCabe Quartet, Peter Beets Trio ft. Gregory Hutchinson, Roberto Fonseca La Gran Diversión, Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective with Turtle Island Quartet, Terri Lyne Carrington's New Standards, The Cavemen, Venna, Yoràn Vroom Group of Friends



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