Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2013

2013 Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival Takes Shape

North Sea JazzWILLEMSTAD – Erykah Badu and Gladys Knight, two grand ladies of soul, will be part of the 2013 edition of the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival!

Earlier the festival’s management confirmed performances by Luis Miguel, The Roots, Raphael Saadiq, Los Lobos, Christian McBride Big Band, New Cool Collective and Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society for the fourth edition of the festival.

Gladys Knight, also known as the "Empress of Soul", earned worldwide fame with her group Gladys Knight & The Pips. Think of the hits I Heard It Through the Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Neither One of Us and Midnight Train toGeorgia.

Also, as a solo artist, Knight scored several hits such as the soundtrack of the eponymous James Bond film Licence to Kill. Several of her solo albums were at the top of the album charts. She has worked with various artists such as Babyface, Dionne Warwick and Patti Labelle.

Erykah Badu brings a whole different kind of soul. From her debut ‘Baduizm’ which was released in 1997, the American soul singer Erykah Badu had the music world in her grip. Her style - often been described as "neo soul" - is sometimes eclectic and always politically and socially charged. From a jazz perspective, the voice of Badu reminds of Billie Holiday. Badu has recorded duets with The Roots, Macy Gray, Angie Stone, Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, D'Angelo and Marie Daulne of Zap Mama.

Edmar Castaneda is also included in this year’s edition of the festival. The New York-based Colombian plays his harp in a unique way. He mixes Latin jazz with traditional Colombian music. Ten years ago Castaneda moved to the U.S. and since then he has been a household name in the jazz world. In the past he has played with the likes of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera.

Not all artists need a stage to make it a party. On both days the Hot 8 brass band from New Orleans will be performing. The brass band mixes hip-hop, jazz and funk with the New Orleans brass sound.

Currently the organization is speaking with the management of various artists to complete the line up of Curaçao North Sea Jazz. Also, the organization is working on the concerts that are spread across the island which will take place in the week prior to CNSJ. Of this program we already confirmed salsa orchestra El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico on Monday, August 26 at Brionplein.

Source: Dutch Caribbean Business

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