Reeves, Dr. John To Headline Curaçao Jazz Festival Aug. 29–30
Dianne Reeves and Dr. John are among the headliners at Curaçao’s North Sea Jazz Festival, set to take place Aug. 29–30 at the World Trade Center on Piscadera Bay in its namesake city in the Caribbean.
This year’s lineup also includes Smokey Robinson, Maceo Parker, Seun Kuti and Henry Butler-Steven Berstein and The Hot 9.
Reeves released Beautiful Life (Concord) in February. The globe-trotting vocalist has performed at other top festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival and Playboy Jazz Festival.
Dr. John’s latest disc, Ske-Dat-De-Dat (Concord), is a tribute to Louis Armstrong, featuring guest performances by Arturo Sandoval, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton and Bonnie Raitt.
Pianist Butler and trumpeter Bernstein teamed up for an album on the revived Impulse label. The duo released the collaborative disc, Viper’s Drag, in July.
Past performers at the Curaçao fest, which this year is celebrating its fifth anniversary, include Alicia Keys, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie.
“The festival mirrors the vibrant lifestyle and openhearted nature of islanders,” said the Curaçao Tourist Board’s André Rojer. “The event is designed to not only introduce visitors to the progression of jazz music, but also to the evolution of the island as a developing tourist destination as diverse as the festival.”
The Curaçao festival is an offshoot of the Netherlands’ North Sea Jazz Festival, which held its 39th edition in the Port of Rotterdam from July 11–13, featuring mainstream acts like Outkast and Pharrell Williams and jazz artists like Dave Holland, Pharoah Sanders, Jason Moran and artist-in-residence Christian McBride.
North Sea Jazz has also launched a Hong Kong edition of the fest, which will take place in that city from Nov. 14–16 and feature Al Jarreau and Jamie Cullum, among others.
More information is posted at curacaonorthseajazz.com.