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Jazz, world & blues concerts

There's a clear passion for jazz, blues and world music in Amsterdam, as evidenced by the world-class international players that continually return to the city's top quality jazz venues, cafés and concert halls.

Bimhuis: Amsterdam's legendary jazz venue

The Bimhuis was one of the first venues to put Amsterdam jazz firmly on the map as a leader in Europe. Its roots date back to the early '70s, when local musos founded a new home for the local improv jazz scene in a former furniture salesroom. These days it shares a more bespoke performance space with the Muziekgebouw aan ´t IJ, with a wood-panelled room that caters to the best Dutch players and a revolving array of international jazz talents  – always with outstanding acoustics and atmosphere.

Amsterdam jazz cafés

Another key aspect of Amsterdam jazz and blues world is the prevalence of legendary cafés. These small bars used to be smoke-filled with free-flowing booze. The smoke is missing these days but the booze and their iconic music reputation remains. Shuffle into Tough Tenor (formerly known as Café Alto), Bourbon Street, the Cotton Club or Maloe Melo on any given night and you'll uncover lively jam sessions and impromptu gigs. You may not always know the names of the musicians but you'll recognise the grooves. And sometimes you'll be lucky enough to stumble upon local icons like Hans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer or Benjamin Herman doing their thing.

Jazz in every other corner

Other key spots to catch jazz in Amsterdam include the pop venues Melkweg and Paradiso. While the Royal Concertgebouw may be most renowned for its orchestral concerts, it hosts regular jazz performances in its smaller halls, as well as gigs from the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and the Metropole Orchestra in the main hall.

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Phronesis

Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN AMSTERDAM
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
22/09/2017
Jazz and pop musicIt goes without saying that The Concertgebouw and jazz & pop music make a perfect combination. The stages of bot...

Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano

Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN AMSTERDAM
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
05/08/2017
Robeco SummerNightsRobeco SummerNights presents two months of wonderful concerts, from classical to jazz and from cabaret to film ...

Re:Freshed & Brainpower

Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN AMSTERDAM
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
28/07/2017
Robeco SummerNightsRobeco SummerNights presents two months of wonderful concerts, from classical to jazz and from cabaret to film ...

Robeco Jazz Club: Pianist Ramón Valle

Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN AMSTERDAM
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
04/08/2017
Jazz and pop musicIt goes without saying that The Concertgebouw and jazz & pop music make a perfect combination. The stages of bot...

Robeco Jazz Club: Estafest

Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN AMSTERDAM
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
18/08/2017
Robeco SummerNightsRobeco SummerNights presents two months of wonderful concerts, from classical to jazz and from cabaret to film ...

Robeco Jazz Club: Dominic J. Marshall Trio

Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN AMSTERDAM
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
25/08/2017
Robeco SummerNightsRobeco SummerNights presents two months of wonderful concerts, from classical to jazz and from cabaret to film ...

Maarten Hogenhuis Trio

Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN AMSTERDAM
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
17/11/2017
Jazz and pop musicIt goes without saying that The Concertgebouw and jazz & pop music make a perfect combination. The stages of bot...

Nik Bärtsch's Mobile

Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN AMSTERDAM
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
06/10/2017
Jazz and pop musicIt goes without saying that The Concertgebouw and jazz & pop music make a perfect combination. The stages of bot...