The Bimhuis places Amsterdam firmly on the map as a leading European jazz city. 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, looking out over the River IJ. With 150 shows per year, it´s not only the home of Dutch jazz, but also a port of call for the world´s best players.
Alongside the public concert hall, the Bimhuis also houses several studios where musicians can experiment with new material. The renowned VPRO/Boy Edgar Award for Dutch jazz music is presented at the Bimhuis annually.