08-15-22 August 2021   |   Grote Markt, The Hague


 8-15-22 Augustus 2021   |   Grote Markt, The Hague


Unforgettable encounter with international music city The Hague

Musicon and Stichting Popdistrict present the seventeenth edition of the Summertime Festival on the Grote Markt in The Hague on three Sundays: 8, 15 and 22 August.

The programme consists of jazz, world music and roots-pop. This year, all ensembles are from The Hague; a unique programme put together in cooperation with Podium De Nieuwe Kamer and BID, a new organisation, consisting of more than 150 professional local musicians, that advocates for fair pay and more local playing opportunities for jazz musicians from The Hague. The festival is also made possible by Sena Performers, the Van den Berch van Heemstede Foundation and the Municipality of The Hague.

Summertime Festival showcases a beautiful but underexposed aspect of the city, namely the international music community that lives here. This network of icons, music students and graduates is the source of the diversity of styles and cultures within this year’s programme. The festival offers a stage to legends such as the Dutch Swing College Band and to young careers such as that of Tess Merlot.


In line with the current corona guidelines, the following special measures are in place:

  • The performances on 8 August are indoors, in Stadscafé de Boterwaag on the Grote Markt;
  • The performances on 15 and 22 August are on the terrace of the Grote Markt;
  • The audience is seated at tables;
  • Places must be reserved via the Summertime Festival website. At the moment there are 75 reservable places per performance. This number will be increased as soon as circumstances permit;
  • There will always be an hour’s break between performances;
  • Visitors need a a valid COVID certificate. For more information about obtaining a COVID certificate, please visit the government website.


In lijn met de huidige corona richtlijnen zijn de volgende bijzondere maatregelen van kracht:

  • De voorstellingen op 8 augustus zijn binnen, in Stadscafé de Boterwaag aan de Grote Markt;
  • De voorstellingen op 15 en 22 augustus zijn onder voorbehoud op het terras van de Grote Markt;
  • Het publiek zit aan tafels;
  • Plaatsen dienen te worden gereserveerd via de Summertime Festival website. Per optreden zijn er op het moment 75 reserveerbare plaatsen beschikbaar. Dat aantal wordt verhoogd zodra de omstandigheden dat toelaten;
  • Tussen de optredens door wordt steeds een uur pauze gehouden;
  • Bezoekers hebben een geldig coronatoegangsbewijs nodig. Voor meer informatie over het verkrijgen van een coronatoegangsbewijs, kijk op de website van de rijksoverheid.

Sunday 08-08

16:00 Round Midnight Orchestra ft Deborah Carter

Vocal Big Band Jazz

What do singers Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Holiday and Nina Simone have in common? They are legendary women of a cinematic music era. When the stars were in the spotlight, you were touched in your heart and it was impossible to sit still. It was not just their performance and their voice, but it was the rock-solid songs from the Great American Songbook that made their music immortal.

Grand Ladies of Swing takes place in New York's most famous nightclub, "The Cotton Club". In the show, the music casts its spell on you and the wonderful stories and projected images will make you feel as if you are spending an evening in the legendary Cotton Club. With the big hits of this era, performed by a small big band with singer, the Round Midnight Orchestra will ensure an unforgettable performance.

18:00 EGLE: Mistura Fina

Brazilian / Jazz

Eglė Petrošiūtė – a rising jazz & world music vocalist whose face and voice is getting more and more familiar among the lovers of improvised music, presents a project called “Mistura Fina” which will take you on a nightly flight to Brazil, from Amazon to Rio. With natural elegance and a touch of wild spirit that breaks free through her music and improvisation, Mistura Fina brings tribute to the greatest jazz singers and horn players, including brazilian rhythms and Stevie Wonder, her music echoes a sophisticated, but entertaining blend of influences.

Egle Petrosiute – vocals
Hans Vroomans – piano
Jeroen Vierdag - bass
Mark de Jong – drums
Alaor Soares – percussion

20:00 Lodewijk van Gorp Band

Smooth 80’s Jazz

At age 13, Lo decided to take up the saxophone. He spent his teens playing in numerous pop-, soul- and jazz-bands in his hometown Leiden, the Netherlands. After college, he was admitted to the Hilversums Conservatorium and studied under Ferdinand Povel. Besides solo projects, Lo has been part of numerous successful music groups including “All the King’s men”, “Liquid Spirits”, “the Princess Project” and Dri3man. For Summertime Festival, Lo will be performing his own work as well as music by Bill Withers, Stevie Wonders, Steely Dan and Donny Hathaway.

22:00 Nueva Manteca

Afro Cuban Jazz

The Latin jazz mainstay for many years (12 successful albums to date) - is renewed! Nueva Manteca is back in all its glory - a new, breathtaking band with a fresh, international line-up hailing from the Netherlands, Venezuela, Germany and Uruguay. The kick-off for the renewed band was a triumphant tour in Israel in 2019.

Over the years, the band performed at prestigious festivals, venues and clubs around the world, including Montreal Jazz Fest, Barranquijazz, SOB's (NYC), Curaçao Jazz Fest, Yoshi's (San Francisco) and many times at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Another highlight was their performance at Heineken Jazz in Puerto Rico together with Paquito D'Rivera and Michel Camilo, where the band enjoyed many famous guest musicians such as Armando Peraza, Giovanni Hidalgo, Orestes Vilató, Luis Conte, among others.

Line up
Oscar Cordero – trumpet
Ben van den Dungen - saxophone
Marc Bisschof - piano
Samuel Ruiz - bass
Enrique Firpi - drums
Nils Fischer - percussion

Sunday 15-08

16:00 Basily Boys

Gypsy Jazz

Originally conceived as a pure interpreter of the Hot Club de France tradition, The Basily Gipsy Band has developed its own unique take on different gypsy styles. They have played in almost every major music venue in the world and with their disarming stage presence and genial musicality have always delighted audiences. Highlights were a joint performance with Stephanie Grapelli and the invitation to play at a private party of none other than The Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck. The tour in Japan was also a great success with no less than 18 concerts throughout the country.

The band, consisting of members of the Basily gypsy family. A varied programme full of swing, romance, entertainment and with a laugh and a tear. Welcome to the world of the Basily's!

18:00 Marjorie Barnes

Vocal Jazz

Marjorie Barnes was born and raised in New York City. Her career is spanning more than 30 years, leading her to New York’s Broadway (musicals as Hair, I Love My Wife, and Dreamgirls), California (where she joined the renowned pop group The Fifth Dimension as a lead vocalist) and London for a starring role in the West End production of Bubbling Brown Sugar. Marjorie made Europe her home; living first in England, then Paris, Vienna and finally settling in the Netherlands. She has worked with such great names as Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., and Billy Eckstein; also with jazz/funk trumpeter Tom Browne, bassists John Clayton and Marcus Miller, and drummer Mel Lewis.

Marjorie Barnes - vocals
Bob Wijnen - piano
Frans van Geest - bass
Marcel Serierse – drums

20:00 Toine

Soul / Funk / Singer / Songwriter

Where some know TOINE as an engaging singer-songwriter, others know him as a virtuoso blues and jazz guitarist with a deep, energetic groove. The natural way in which Toine Scholten from The Hague manages to combine these worlds makes him unique.

During the corona-lockdown, TOINE released a series of videos shot at special locations in The Hague. From the helipad of the Haga Hospital, for instance, he made a deep impression with his composition 'Thank You', an ode to the hospital staff. In the ADO Den Haag stadium, he performed music by Anouk and counted her among his fans.

His first EP will be released later this year. Expect interpretations of music by Tears for Fears, Drake, Bobby Hebb and other compositions so new they have not yet been recorded.

Toine Scholten - Vocals, Guitar
Rein Godefroy - Keys
Udo Pannekeet - Bass
Niek de Bruijn - Drums

22:00 Dutch Swing College Band

New Orleans

The Dutch Swing College Band, the Netherlands' leading and best-known jazz orchestra, still guarantees professional performances of traditional jazz music at world level. The swinging orchestra, founded on 5 May 1945, is widely regarded as the calling card of Dutch jazz and has released a cautious estimate of more than 150 albums.

Last year, the Dutch Swing College Band went on world tour for the umpteenth time; via England, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Germany and Switzerland, it returned to the Netherlands and gave a number of concerts in Thailand. This year, the orchestra is playing in Israel, Scandinavia and Austria, among other places. This makes the orchestra one of the most successful export products of the Netherlands.

Of course, the line-up has changed many times over the years, making the Dutch Swing College Band more than just an ordinary group of musicians. The predicate 'institute' is more appropriate here. With refreshing arrangements in the unmistakable Dutch Swing College sound, played by a rejuvenated orchestra, the Dutch Swing College Band is now energetic as never before.

Keesjan Hoogeboom - trumpet, vocals
David Lukács - clarinet, soprano, tenor saxophone
Bert Boeren - trombone
Peter Kanters - banjo, guitar
Adrie Braat - bandleader, double bass
Anton Burger – drums

Sunday 22-08

16:00 Tango Extremo ft Job Hubatka

Tango / Folkore

Since its foundation in 2003, Tango Extremo has experienced a development that can be called striking at the very least. The orchestra has performed on almost all large and small concert stages in the Netherlands, but also abroad has had the opportunity to get acquainted with this ensemble many times. The group was founded by violinist Tanya Schaap, who has been the artistic driving force behind the trio ever since.

The repertoire is extensive and very special in its style. Elements of European and South American folklore, classical music, jazz and Brazilian music are combined with 'tango nuevo'. In recent years, the group has specialised in the music from the Argentinian Río de la Plata area and various crossovers from the tango nuevo idiom. On a national level, the ensemble has managed to conquer a place in the Dutch music scene that is hard to imagine without it. The group plays on the most diverse stages, varying from jazz festival to classical concert hall to tango salon.

For the Summertime Festival, the group will be expanded with the great voice of baritone Job Hubatka; a classical opera singer who in recent years has dedicated himself entirely to the jazz and swing repertoire. A very exciting collaboration! That promises an unforgettable concert!

Line up:
Tanya Schaap - violin
Carlos Matos - piano
Sandor Kem - double bass
Job Hubatka - baritone

18:00 Rik van den Bergh Quartet

Modern jazz / Hard bop

Born in Breda (The Netherlands) in 1970 Rik was raised in a jazz-minded city. During his youth, the city had a famous jazz festival and a flourishing club where all the great national and international players passed by. As a kid, he had the opportunity to hear among others, Doc Cheatam, Al Cohn, Slim Gaillard, Horace Parlan, and Mark Murphy. He started his musical career by first learning clarinet. He switched to alto saxophone in his late teens. After studying Medicine for two years he went to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 1992. Rik is one of the few Dutch baritone saxophonists who dedicated himself completely to the baritone only. His playing is rooted in that of Harry Carney, Charlie Parker, and Pepper Adams.

In 1999 he won the Japanese Kobe Jazz Award and toured in Japan as a soloist twice. In The Netherlands, his quartet toured with the legendary tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards. During this period Rik joined, among other bands, Peter Ypma & his Eleven and the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra. He recorded with his baritone-Hammond quartet two cd's: Swingmatism and Live Update. After this quartet, Rik performed with his saxophone-band The Reeds which resulted in the cd ReSerge (2007), a tribute to the baritone legend Serge Chaloff.

Baritone saxophonists Ronnie Cuber, Jan Menu, and Rik van den Bergh performed together with the trio of Rein de Graaff at the Bimhuis Amsterdam in 2013. This was the inspiration for another three-baritone-band: Baritone Blow Up! Together with the Danish baritone Niels Oldin, this group toured through Denmark in 2015 and 2017. The third baritone saxophonist was the multiple-time Down Beat winner Gary Smulyan, who had a strong influence on Rik’s playing.

At this moment Rik has a quintet with Dutch trombone player Bart van Lier (CD: HIGH SLIDE LOW BLOW ) and he is part of the Peter Beets/Henk Meutgeert New Jazz Orchestra. He has been a faculty member of Codarts (Conservatory of Rotterdam) since 2013.

His latest recording IS THAT SO? (Zennez Records, 2021) is a hommage to the music of composer, pianist and arranger Duke Pearson.

20:00 Tess Merlot

Jazz / Manouche

"The first time Tess Merlot heard Jacques Brel lightning struck."

Since then, the music has not stopped: she formed the band Tess et les Moutons and hundreds of shows later, every performance still revolves around the essence: drawing the human soul to the surface as only the French life song can. With originals by Brel, Piaf and Aznavour and her own work.

Motivated to share her passion and bring cultures together, Tess released her first EP Chansons pour non-francophones in 2017 with les Moutons. In 2019 she sang the self-written Mon Paris in a packed Paradiso and in 2020 she toured with her own theatre show Voyages en Chansons to packed halls of venues including PAARD in The Hague, TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam.

Whether Tess performs alone or with a full orchestra, she does so with conviction and an irresistible joie de vivre. The performance may be subdued and beautiful, but also unpolished and grotesque. In short: Tess Merlot fits in every setting where it is no disaster if wine is spilled.

22:00 Liquid Spirits ft Arthur Flink


Liquid Spirits is the hand-crafted indie soul & groove body-and-brainchild of two exceptional and experienced musicians, who earned their spurs playing with many world-famous musicians. Liquid Spirits reflects a deep love and respect for Afro American music – especially jazz, soul, and hip-hop – by producers Wiboud Burkens (keys) and Manuel Hugas (bass). They collaborated with singers N’Dambi, Carleen Anderson, Leon Ware, Michael Franti, and Sandra St. Victor, Lalah Hathaway, Indira Kahn, Simone (daughter of Nina), Deniece Williams and Nona Hendryx – among many others. Liquid Spirits released 3 albums since 2006 and are currently finishing their new album ‘Years.’ Singer Ivan Peroti, drummer Eric Hoeke and backing vocals by Noa Lauryn all add to a new, irresistible groove in a mix of Old Skool live playing and the benefits of modern studio technology.

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