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BONAIRE HEINEKEN JAZZ FESTIVAL
MAY 25 -
26 - 27 - 28, 2006
A long weekend latin JAZZ for jazz lovers on
May 25 - Warming up
with local bands and guests
May 26, 27, 28, - Main concerts
on different beach
"sunset & late night sessions"
in cafes and
Besides Latin Jazz a substantial portion of
jazz, swing, fusion and salsa
A small place for great Latin and
Bonaire is a small and beautiful island, well known as
"divers paradise" and an excellent place for windsurfing championships and
But Bonaire is also a music island: a variety of folkmusic
combined with reggae, salsa and tumba. Latin and Caribbean jazz can be found on
a number of places as well.
Jazz all over the place
The festival is organized by the Bonaire Jazz Foundation in
close cooperation with four main locations: Plaza Resort Bonaire, City
Café, Bongos Beach and Kontiki Beach Apartments and of course our
sponsors. The four locations can host a number of visitors ranging between 300
to 800 persons per day and are all positioned at the seaside or on the
Concerts and events will be held three times a day: Sunset Jazz time,
main concerts and late night jazz and jam sessions on public places and
restaurants / bars.
Only for the three main concerts there is an entrance
fee of Naf. 45,- (US$ 25.-) for three concerts and all the other events are
free. It is our policy to create low threshholds to generate a maximum of
festivalvisitors from the island and abroad.
Caribbean and Latin Jazz is the main
The other events and concerts will be covered by three local
Bonarian groups and several musicians from Curacao, Aruba, the Netherlands and
the U.S.A and of course visiting jazz lovers with an interest to play, to jam
or to hang around on this lovely, unspoiled island .
We did contract already a number of top musicians to the
||The Cubop City Big Band, a group of 20
international musicians from Holland, Surinam, USA and Venezuela. The Band is
making a Caribbean tour and will visit Bonaire with Latin and Salsa Jazz of top
||Anastacia Larmonie from St Maarten and her band
with special guest Delbert Bernabela(saxes and flute) from Aruba.
Anastacia is a top pianist and an international well known ladysinger
||Merietza Haakmat, vocals and Hershell
Rosario,guitar both from Curacao will present their interpretation of old
Antillean songs and poems with jazzy music as background .
||Konkie Halmeyer from Curacao and his band.
Konkie is one of the best steelpan players you can find in the world of jazz.
He will play Caribbean and Latin Jazz pieces.
||Question Mark, a band from Surinam with leader
and sax player Bud Gaddum.This band is a specialty in the "SuriJazz" , a
typical mixture of Surinam rhytmes and Western jazz called Kasake jazz
||Curacao Papiamentu Swing Trio olv Ced Ride from
Curacao with two sidemen., Stanley Betrian and Pierre Dunker. Ced
Ride will do a concert with old poems and songs in Papiamentu with jazzy
||Ced Ride & Band Swing, standards and songs
wich 6 sideman from Curacao
||Zumtam-Quartet, keyboard and composer Ronchi
Matthews from Curacao. Ronchi Matthews is already many years one of the
best keyboard players in the Caribbean and will hold a special program inspired
by his new Cd , to be released this year.
||Moogie and Friends from Bonaire. Moogie is a
long time resident of Bonaire and many visitors and people of the island know
him as a passionate singer and percussionist. This time he will create a
special performance in jazz with fellow musicians from the island
||Local bands , Stingray, Latin Quartet and
the Bonaire Jazz Group
Randal Corsen quartet:Randal Corsen pianist
with Eric Calmes bas, meet two percussionists of the Cubop City Big Band: Lucas
van Merwijk drums and Gerardo Rosales percussie.
The Bonaire Jazz Foundation: linking musicians
The Foundation is an initiative of musicians and jazz lovers. The
board consists of residents of the island and is independent and registered as
a foundation on Bonaire (S 318 )
The Festival of 2005 was organized by the
foundation in cooperation with locations and sponsors; furthermore the
foundation exploits a website with all information about jazz : where to go for
listening , where to go for playing or to meet other musicians.
The First Bonaire Jazzfestival is supported on
A group of businesspeople, private persons, musicians and
organizations is supporting the Bonaire Jazz Festival:
Committee of recommendation :
Ben Oleana - businessman
Benito Dirksz -
Co de Koning - consultant
Frits Hannenberg - vice president
Henk Roozendaal - painter & musician
Hugo Leter - president
Larry Gerharts - businessman
Linda Anthony -
journalist & vocalist
Marcel Nahr - businessman
Nilco Rollan - union
Richard Hart - former governor of Bonaire
Raymundo Saleh -
former governor of Bonaire
Bonhata (Bonaire Hotel Organization)
TCB ( Tourist Board of Bonaire)
Tickets for sale at Plaza Resort, Kontiki,
City Café, Bongos Beach, TCB , Bonaire Boekhandel and at the gates of
the main concer.
Background of The Bonaire Jazz Festival -
Bonaire is a small island with a strong cultural
identity. It is evident from what also can be seen by the great number of local
musicians and musical groups on the island. Here, you can listen to all kinds
of music; tumba, reggae, salsa, meringues and all those sounds which have a lot
in common with jazz: syncopes, swinging rhythms and improvisation.
that perspective it was not surprising that Bonaire had a blossoming jazz club
for many years and a great number of good jazz musicians playing Latin and
Caribbean jazz mixed with the musical spice of the island itself.
Gerritsen: "The idea for a jazz festival on Bonaire developed into reality
after our visit to the Surinam Jazz Festival in October 2005. We were invited
to play along with local groups in pubs and bars off the side the festival
stages. The city of Paramaribo was a swinging place!
We met Denise Jannah,
our featured star in this Bonaire Jazz Festival, and performed a wonderful
"Summertime" together, never to be forgotten.
On our way home we made up
our minds: let's do this also in Bonaire, we have the opportunities, the places
and the island would welcome a new yearly event.
We founded the Bonaire
Jazz Foundation and with Plaza Resort Bonaire, City Café, Kontiki Beach
Resort and Bongos Beach we developed our festival: broad, with a low threshold
by keeping entrance fees low, a variety of international and local artists and
Latin and Caribbean jazz where the people of the island will feel comfortable."
Thanks to all our sponsors we will have a wonderful event to come!
Bonaire Jazz Foundation
If you need more information call us or send an email to
BONAIRE JAZZ FESTIVAL
tel / fax 00 599 717 4496
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