Red Light Jazz Festival
It is already ten years ago that several entrepreneurs put their heads together to set up a unique and indispensable multi-day jazz festival in the Dutch capital, not in the RAI or another prominent event location in Amsterdam, but in and around the Red Light District, a neighbourhood where jazz music from the United States came ashore in the 1920s and 1930s and has never disappeared.
Red Light Jazz - 10 years
This year's program takes place across four main stages: Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, the Industrieele Groote Club (IGC), De Waalse Kerk and Casablanca - Amsterdam's oldest and only remaining historic jazz café. Concerts at those prominent locations can only be visited with a valid entrance ticket. These can be ordered online from mid-April via the website. Additional jazz performances will also take place in more than 20 neighbourhood locations during the festival weekend, all free of charge.
The official opening of Red Light Jazz 2023 is on Friday, 9 June, at 17:00 in the world-famous Casa Rosso Theater.
Other artists who will perform during the anniversary edition of Red Light Jazz include Roaring Cats, Steffen Morrison, Tim Armacost, Joris Teepe & Rob van Bavel, Rembrandt Frerichs Trio, Mieke Stemerdink & André Vrolijk, Anton Goudsmit, Gideon Tazelaar, Farida Merville, Ruth Geerse, The Funk Disciples, Bout du Monde, Bas van Lier, La Ratte and the John Engels Quintet with 'Remembering The Diamond Five'.
For Casablanca on the Zeedijk, admission is only charged for the performance of the New York saxophonist Tim Armacost on Friday, 9 June. The other jazz performances that take place there during the festival weekend are free of charge.
For the complete program and more information, head to the website - which details everything, including the free performances.
You can find the complete festival guide here