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Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival


August 29 & 30, 2014

The Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival is an annual event at the World Trade Center (WTC) on Piscadera Bay in Curaçao.

Throughout the Festival, international artists with some of the biggest names in the jazz, funk, soul, Latin, and R&B worlds, will perform in and around the WTC.

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The Venue


The World Trade Center Curaçao is located on Piscadera Bay, only ten minutes from downtown Willemstad and Hato International Airport, and walking distance from the Clarion Hotel International & Suites Curaçao, Floris Suites Hotel, Hilton Curaçao, and the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino.

The World Trade Center Curaçao is part of the World Trade Center’s Association, a network of over 300 World Trade Centers in nearly 100 countries, with over 750,000 member companies, and offers over 27,000-square-feet of space for meetings and events.

Selection of the Artists for Friday August 29, 2014


During their performance at the 2012 edition of the festival, it was obvious that the Mexican band Maná is one of the biggest Latin-American bands in the world. Everyone was impressed with the band that scored many awards including four Grammy’s, seven Latin Grammy’s, and five Latin-American MTV Awards and has sold over 35 million albums worldwide. The call for their return had started before the band had even left the island.

Rod Stewart


A high-energy concert celebration, Rod Stewart's set list dazzles fans with iconic rock and R&B favorites including Maggie May, I Don’t Want To Talk About It, Hot Legs, You’re In My Heart, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Sailing, Some Guys Have All The Luck, Young Turks and Forever Young. With his singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has built one of the most successful and enduring music careers of all time.

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers

With his first visit to the festival, Nile Rodgers and Chic got everyone effortlessly in motion. Not strange considering his impressive collection of hit songs he scored with Chic and other artists. Last year he added another gigantic success to the list with his cooperation to the hit of the year, Get Lucky together with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams.

Joss Stone


In 2003, British soul singer Joss Stone stunned the music world with her much-talked-about debut album of covers. The Soul Sessions has become a modern classic and has sold millions of copies. 10 years on from those stunning debut sessions, Joss has decided to bring things full circle and revisit where it all began - with her follow The Soul Sessions Volume 2.

Smokey Robinson


Set for a September release, Smokey has partnered with an all-star slate of guests, including Elton John and James Taylor, for Smokey & Friends – a duets album featuring new versions of Robinson’s signature songs, including “The Tracks of My Tears” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.” Helmed by music producer and American Idol mentor, Randy Jackson, the project draws from Robinson’s extensive catalog of hits as a member of the legendary Miracles, as a solo artist and as the writer of classics that the Motown icon penned for other acts, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.

Dianne Reeves

Since the 1980s, Dianne Reeves is considered one of the best jazz singers in the world; a worthy ‘successor’ to Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae. As a child, Reeves started playing the piano and developed into a superior interpreter of song lyrics and gifted scat singer. She also explored areas other than jazz as she worked with Sergio Mendes and toured with Harry Belafonte.

Seun Kuti


Being the son of the world famous Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti was raised with afrobeat. As a little boy of nine he already performed with Egypt 80 as a warm-up act for his father. The hypnotizing mix of jazz, funk, and African rhythms came naturally, as did the political impact of the music.

Maceo Parker

"Maceo, blow your horn!" This message alone should be enough to have every auditorium filled with people. For those who do not know yet: saxophonist Maceo Parker was the steady sideman of James Brown. Together with Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley he formed the JB Horns. In the 1960s and 1970s, the unmistakeable sound of Maceo can be heard on the first great hits Papa’s Gotta Brand New Bag, Lickin’ Stick and Cold Sweat. For many years, he has been a star in his own right and represents the better kind of funk music.

Selection of the Artists for Saturday August 30, 2014

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer and musician. The 18-time Grammy Award nominee and Grammy winner has sold over 115 million singles worldwide. His current album Unorthodox Jukebox and his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans have a combined certification total of 60x platinum worldwide. According to Billboard, Mars scored his first five “Hot 100” No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Mars has an impressive catalog of 22 “Hot 100” hits.

Juan Luis Guerra

Juan Luis Guerra will make his second appearance at the festival. The Dominican king of merengue also attended the 2011 edition and gave a wonderful performance that people are still talking about. He alternates between merengue, salsa, and bachata, mixed with Afro-pop, jazz, and folksongs. For almost 30 years already, Juan Luis Guerra has been one of the most respected Latin artists in the world. With over 30 million records sold, 15 Latin Grammy Awards, 2 Latin Billboard Awards and 2 Grammys he still leads the charts. The organization is therefore very pleased to welcome him back this year.

Janelle Monáe


Finally, a successor for Prince has been found. And her name is Janelle Monáe. Monáe creates highly danceable, funky tunes that are inspired by several sources, ranging from jazz to soul, and from hip-hop to world music.

Boz Scaggs


William Royce ‘Boz’ Scaggs made his name as a guitarist in the Steve Miller Band. As a solo artist, he scored several Top 20 hit singles in the United States, including the well-known hits LowdownWhat Can I Say , and Lido Shuffle  from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees , which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Sierra Meastra

Sierra Maestra from Havana is one of the most important performers of the Cuban son music. The nine-piece band, named after the mountain range where the son originates from, first came together in 1976 under the guidance of Juan d’Marcos. In the meantime, through their dedication to the repertoire of artists such as Arsenio Rodríguez on the one hand, and their own compositions on the other hand, the band has gained the reputation of guardians of a tradition, but also of brilliant innovators.

Chaka Khan

The career of Chaka Khan spans four decades in which she has won ten Grammy’s and has sold some 200 million albums worldwide. In the 1970s, Khan became known as frontwoman for the funkband Rufus before she made it as solo artist. Her debut album Chaka was released in 1978 and included the hit I’m Every Woman which was later followed by successful singles such as I Feel For You and Ain’t Nobody (with Rufus).

Dr. John & The Nite Trippers

Malcolm John ‘Mac’ Rebennack, Jr., better known as Dr. John is a talented boogie and blues pianist with a ‘sandpaper’ voice from the birthplace of jazz: New Orleans. His repertoire ranges from his own ‘voodoo’ music for which he mixed New Orleans R&B with rock and Mardi Gras festivities, to the traditional blues and R&B. His music career spans over five decades in which he has made twenty albums and has won six Grammy’s.

Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein and The Hot 9


From the moment that New Orleans legend Henry Butler took up residence in Brooklyn, it seemed only a matter of time before this gifted singer and pianist from the Mississippi Delta would look to collaborate with New York trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein. Add Bernstein’s Hot 9 band to the mix and the result is steamy music with the brass section taking the lead on top of driving rhythms in a repertoire rich in classic New Orleans numbers.