A new Dutch broadcaster for jazz and world music: A World of Jazz

thu 7 sep 2023
Theme: Jazz

The Netherlands is getting a new radio station for jazz and world music A World of Jazz. This will be the channel that Dutch jazz and music lovers have been yearning for for years and the music world recently requested during a demonstration in The Hague.

The Concertzender has started an ambitious plan to start a full-fledged jazz and world music channel in early 2024.

The channel will broadcast the best jazz and world music 24 hours a day, show concert recordings from all over the Netherlands and provide a stage for young musicians. World of Jazz will work closely with the Dutch jazz and world music sector: musicians, venues, festivals and conservatories. The Netherlands has a thriving jazz scene that deserves a place on the radio. In order to realize the channel and to ensure a wide reach, the concert channel is starting a crowdfunding campaign via voordekunst?. In addition, the channel is talking to the NPO about cooperation and is hoping for support from politics in The Hague. The concert channel is run almost exclusively by enthusiastic volunteers.

During the day, the programming of World of Jazz will offer a mix of non-stop jazz and world music: from New Orleans to the present, from Tango to Mambo, from smooth to impro, from African jazz to Latin. In the afternoon we’ll be diving into the archives: the partnerships between the Concertzender and the Dutch Jazz Archive, North Sea, broadcasters such as VPRO, NTR and Wereldomroep allow us to exploit our rich archives.

In addition, there is room for in-depth and current affairs with interviews, recent concert recordings, new releases, news about festivals, developments in the world of jazz and world music. The focus is on jazz and world music from the Netherlands, young talent, contemporary movements within jazz and world music, concert recordings from all Dutch venues. And there will be live music in the studio, interspersed with interviews.

Sponsoring and crowdfunding
To realize these channels, the concert channel requires the help of all jazz and (world) music lovers in the Netherlands. With their financial help we can provide a 24-hour channel with beautiful program,es and music. Help realize world of jazz and support this initiative via voordekunst.nl (available soon) In addition, the channel is looking for sponsors who want to support this great initiative.

Concert transmitter
The World of Jazz channel will be the second channel on the Concertzender. The concert channel is the channel where classical, jazz and world music has a stage and music can be heard for enthusiasts which can’t be heard on other stations made by more than 180 volunteers. A number of jazz programmes for which there was no room for the NPO will be broadcast on the concert channel, such as the Co de Kloet programme.
Our ambition is to give World of Jazz a place on DAB+. We are currently busy raising the necessary funding. We are also looking at a collaboration with the NPO .

For A World of Jazz, the Concertzender will be working closely with a large number of organizations from the world of jazz and world music.

Testimonials from the field:

Fleurine Verloop, President of the Professional Association of Improvising Musicians
“The BIMpro is extremely supportive of the Concertzender’s initiative and sincerely hopes that the Concertzender will be adopted by the public sector as a ready-made solution. The NPO has a public responsibility towards the Dutch Jazz and World Music ecosystem.

The Concertzender should be heard linearly, so that musicians trained in the Netherlands have a place to be heard nationwide and thus fill concert halls and clubs. Of course, this also applies to foreign jazz musicians who are on tour here.

The Concertzender is essential to close this gap, as an essential part of the Dutch Public Broadcasting.”

Mark van Schaik, Classical, jazz and world music genre manager at Buma Cultuur
“Jazz, world, contemporary and all their cross-pollinations provide colour, depth and new perspectives in the Dutch music sector. Buma Cultuur therefore attaches great importance to a representative – and therefore diverse – offer on public radio and television of all music written and performed in the Netherlands.

A jazz and world music channel is sorely missed in the current field. That is why Buma Cultuur wholeheartedly welcomes the Concertzender’s initiative.”

Paul Bruger, Publisher Jazzism
“What a great initiative! We wholeheartedly support this as Jazzism. This fills the void that has arisen in the Jazz offer on the radio.”

Bart Suèr, Head of the jazz department, Royal Conservatoire The Hague
I warmly support this plan, of course I will support it. In a personal capacity and of course because of my position at KC Jazz in The Hague.
I listen to my daily jazz on Fip (a French channel), it would be nice if a comparable channel in the Netherlands existed.”