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Northsea Jazz Festival

Something to remember!

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Here you will find the Biggest and one of the best Jazz Festivals in Europe.

It's called The Northsea Jazz Festival. One of Europes most important Jazz festival's. I have never seen a festival so well organized in my life. I have worked with a lot of festivals, but this one here is the best. They have about 135 musical groups over a 3 to 4 day span.

This festival is an well oil machine if I have ever seen one before. I have attended this festival about 6 times in my life and ever time it's the same as before far as organization is concern. The Northsea Jazz festival organizer's know their stuff.

So if you ever attend this festival, get ready to enjoy yourself . Now don't be surprise if you're at a concert and you see about half the people from the concert leave. It's only people going to another concert that's all. Their are so many concert's to choose from, that people will leave one concert in order to catch another performance.

The concerts are held in this very large office building. Their are concert]s in ever nook and cranny of this builing,even on top of the building(The Roof) where they have a tent on top that they also use to give concert's. It's the Potpourri of jazz here. You will find everyone that plays jazz and some that don't going to this festival.

If you are interested in going to this festival, here is the link:

http://www.northseajazz.nl

It's in the City called the Hague (Den Haag). The festival starts on July the 8th.9th& the 10th. So don't miss out on this festival. At this time I don't know the line-up but take my word, its always a great line-up.

I was trying to remember the name of the restuarant for you that we ate at. It was a great Chinese restaurant. I have never in my life had a oyster so big and good before, and the duck was something to die for.. I do remember it was close to Hotel Europe,which is not to far from the Festival site. I would also like to say that we (The group that I was working with at the time) made this restaurant popular. We would always brag about how good the sea food was there. Now it is one of the main attractions for eating out, and to think I didn't get a dime for that advertisment.(Go figure)

The most popular hotel for the festival is The Hotel Belair. This is the hotel where most of the musician's stay.( If only those wall's could talk). I've heard stories coming from this Hotel that would make your teeth grit. (and put a smile on your face). So make your reservation fast for this hotel, the hotel maybe already booked!

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France

Don't let the french fool you!

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If you are in France These are some of the festival you can attend. France has over 200 festivals in the Summer I don't know all of them but their are many to choose from. Here are just a few festivals in different region's of france you can visit.

The Vienne Festival is set in a Amphitheater which is over a 1000 years old. So you could image how that sounds. Perfect acoustics you wont find a better amphitheater then this in France. I have attended this Festival 5 times in my life and have enjoyed every moment of it.

Here is the link:http://www.jazzavienne.com The Festival starts around the end of june till the middle of July.

If you are ever in the Midi-Pyrenees Region, their is a City called Souillac and in July they have a beautiful Jazz festival there. It's the Souillac Jazz festival. Here is the link http://www.souillacenjazz.net

This City is very special. It's in the region where you'll find the World Famous Foie Gras. For the people that don't know of Foie Gras,It's Goose or Duck Liver. You can have it Poch or it comes in the form of Pate. (I think the region maybe Perigord?)

It's a Culinary experience that you will enjoy! If you ever do have a chance to enjoy this dish ,please by all means order a bottle of (Sauternes) with your Foie Gras. This a very sweet wine that will compliment your foie Gras. This is a region for all these culinary extravagant pleasures. Oh France, Ou La La!

The NICE JAZZ FEST, one of three major jazz events in Europe with Montreux and The Hague. This festival draws more than 45,000 spectators every summer with it's 500 plus musicians, 8 days, 75 concerts and 120 hours of magic and music! Every night from 7 pm to midnight, 3 stages present a prestigious array of world-famous artists. For more information here is the link http://www.nicejazzfest.com

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Jazz Festival Hopping

Your Guide to Europes Jazz festival's

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If you have ever been to a Jazz Festival then you will love this blog. If you have never been to a Jazz Festival, then you will learn a lot from this blog.

I think that it's time that we as a culture take back the the intelligent waves of the mind and stop the systematic bombarment of the mind with this so called music of today. Don't get me wrong I like some of the music of today as long as it is expanding the mind. Their are some great artist of today just like it has been through out history.

But it comes a time when you notice that the music is going in the wrong direction and our young are being fed this garbage in access. Not only that, but it tells in a society where that society is coming from.

I could go on and on about this subject ,but what I'm here for is to tell you about some great festivals and where you can find them.

There are some great jazz Hot Spots for you to go on Vacation too or just go to and listen to some great music. Not only that, but I've been to over 200 Festivals maybe more, I have to take a look at my T-shirt and poster collection and then I would be able to tell you exactly how many I've attended.

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Global Festival

One dream of mine!

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One of the best global festivals around is the W.O.M.A.D festival. (World of Music arts and Dance). I went to Reading (Reading, England just outside of London) festival about 3 year's ago, and was blown out of the water with this festival. This is the festival I have dreamt about for many years and, here I'am in the mist of it all. I could not believe my ears and eyes.

If you like enjoy the world music sound, then you will love this festival. I just walked around the festival grounds with this big grin on my face, just enjoying the sounds and smells of the world. I was truly in my zone here. My moment my zen for life. I heard everything from Indian, Mali, celtic, tuval, Cosmic to deep trip house beats being played all over the festival grounds. You will also find food from all over the world being prepared and served. Your taste buds will just explode with excitement!

The most amazing thing about these type of festival's are, you'll even see little kids age's 8 & 9 attend the se festival. They even know a lot of the group's that perform at these festival. Now that to me was impressive. I know for a fact that in America we know nothing of these group's( if it's not Rap, Pop or Rock) and exspecially little kids. It was such a pleasant surprise to see so many little kids with so much musical knowledge and culture in their blood. I could really relate to this, because I grew up with the same type of background.

Check it out here@ http://www.womad.org

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San Sabastian Spain

Sleeping is forbiden

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Spain! Spain! Spain!

Here's the only Country I know where the people can stay up till 5:AM in the morning and can still go to work like nothing never happen the night before.

This is truly a party Country, and what I mean by this, the whole Country parties all the time in all parts of Spain... You will live the real Festa in Spain. The party doesn't start till 1:AM and last until 6 or 8:AM in the morning. Not only that, but after hanging all night the people they go to work! I never could understand this so I figure it must be in the blood of the Spainish people. Well anyway they know how to live life, and I love them for this reason.

If you would like to visit Spain, by all means go and check out the San Sebastian Jazz Festival (July).
They have geart restaurants to dine in and their's plenty to do. They also have Casino's in the City, so the night life is exciting!

Click here http://www.jazzaldia.com For English click on the link to the right.

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