PROGRAM 2017-04-25T14:42:10+00:00

Rubén Blades

Rubén Blades: A storyteller in rhythm Eight-time Grammy Award winner and writer of his home country’s ‘second national anthem’, the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival is proud to present Panama’s national pride: Rubén Blades. With a musical career that spans over four decades, the humanitarian singer-songwriter has proven to be an undeniably important voice in Latin [...]


Shirma Rouse: Aretha Franklin Tribute

Shirma Rouse: Tribute to Aretha Franklin Before Shirma Ruose to fame in her home country the Netherlands, she gained experience by performing as a backing vocalist for the greatest: Chaka Khan, Michael Bolton, Alain Clark, Candy Dulfer and Dutch representative Anouk at the Eurovision Song Contest. After being proclaimed as best supporting vocal by The [...]


Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker, blow your horn! What would funk be, without Maceo Parker? One of the most recognizable instrumentalists in history, this pedigree saxophonist propelled to fame playing alongside the great James Brown, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Prince. At 74 years and still blowing strong, this musical prodigy has created a league of his [...]


Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles

“The human voice is so powerful,” says Cory Henry. “When I’m singing, it’s like this extra way of connecting and communicating with people beyond what I can do just playing the organ. I’m able to convey these messages that are really important and meaningful to me through my words. Being front and center like this [...]


Zuco 103

ZUCO 103: A musical journey with a unique sound What happens when you take a Dutch big band percussionist, a German jazz pianist and a sultry Brazilian singer? A beautiful melting pot called Zuco 103. Pioneering ‘Brazilectro’, a fusion of Brazilian jazz and electronic beats, the band has been making rhythm since 1999. After eight [...]


Habana Vieja All Stars: a Buena Vista Social Club project

Eduardo Proveyer ,“El Prove”, an excellent saxophone player originating from the heart of Old Havana (a breading ground for talented musicians) proposes to entertain us with an all star band in a format that is typical for traditional Cuban music. Join the harmonic base of the piano with the rhythmical support of percussion. Add the [...]


Chris Kross

Chris Kross is the rising star in the firmament of the Jazz scene in Aruba. He started playing his guitar at this Festival when he was only 16 years old and has performed every consecutive year afterwards. In this Festival, this Berklee student has some serious plans to impress everyone! In his first solo-act at [...]



An authentic Aruban initiative, Oruba was formed in 2012 to bring its island’s music to the world stage. Thought and brought together by Reno Steba, he honours his Caiquetio indian ancestors by translating their story into a music act. Sung fully in Papiamento and supported by a rhythmic dance act and visuals, this culture-clad performance [...]


Caribbean Latin Jazz Xpress

CLJX (Caribbean Latin Jazz Xpress) was founded in July 2016 by Rodney O. van der Biezen. Rodney is an Aruban native pianist/arranger with a passion for Latin Jazz. He lived for many years with the dream of creating his own Latin Jazz Group. This Group performs original composed and arranged compositions and local Aruban classic [...]


NG La Banda

The musical genre we now call timba was arguably created by NG La Banda, but as Cuban music expert Arturo "Marcané" Gómez points out, it was not created out of thin air. As our "Genealogy of Timba Family Tree" shows, singer Tony Calá wrote and played violin in Ritmo Oriental; Issac Delgado and the legendary [...]