In the tropical weekend from 9 July 2010 until the 11 of July 2010 your SaveOurSoul crew was at the North Sea jazz festival in Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
It was an extremely hot tropical weekend in Ahoy with temperatures reaching more than 30 degrees Celsius!
JULY 9th NSJ 2010
On this day Kurt Elling had a great performance. Kurt is a jazz vocalist with a voice that is a mix between Frank Sinatra's voice and the voice of Lou Rawls. This means a warm, dark and seasoned voice. He knew how to keep up our attention together with his great band. Besides the jazzy sounds he also spoiled the audience with a romantic song.
Your SaveOurSoul crew member only saw a few minutes from bassist Marcus Miller but what he did was excellent. Especially a song with an oriental feel that he played at the end of the show was impressive. If you happen to know the title of this song let us know.
Corinne Bailey Rae:
This British singer and songwriter made a good impression. She has more music in her body than you will expect when you hear her from CD and when see her pictures on album leaflets.
Corinne is soulful but not necessarily a soul artist because she rocks as well. Just as most British acts she is able put out a good live show. The reggae song in her repertoire made her totally British.
Earth, Wind & Fire:
The band well-known from Philip Bailey and Maurice White had a great performance. When they started off it looked like they would do a show on routine. As the show went on it progressed. All the classics were so nice to hear. It was a pleasure to hear the band sing the complex harmonies so easy. Philip Bailey can still hold on the notes perfectly. We all had a great Friday night party with the still fantastic Erath, Wind & Fire.
JULY 10th NSJ 2010
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings:
Walking around on in the burning sun at The North Sea Jazz Festival your SaveOurSoul crew caught some beautiful sounds from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. It was later confirmed by visitors that the group from Brooklyn, New York did a wonderful job. The band has a new album out called "I Learned The Hard Way".
This show was as spectacular as the previous one on the North Sea Jazz festival. Ofcourse they played their most popular songs "You Got Me" and "The Seed 2.0"
This singer with his bluesy soul style is a gentleman and he was sensational! After his eighty eight year old mother opened his show with the song "Still playing with the boys", Swamp and the boys really took the audience away with their music. The crowd sang out loud with evergreens like "Synthetic World", "The World Beyond" and "I Was Born Blue". The sixty eight year old singer ended his wonderful show amidst the audience with a very long rendition of "Got To Get A Message To You" a song from The Bee Gees.
Macy Gray was the star of the Saturday. With a brilliant band and awesome background singers Macy brought everybody into ecstasy. Her interaction with the audience was fabulous. The crowd fully participated in a song like "I Try". Sexual Revolution was another great song that put the roof on fire. At the end of the show Macy Gray introduced us to her new album "The Sellout" by singing amongst others the track "Beauty In The World".
JULY 11th NSJ 2010
The only big thing happening on Sunday was the performance from Stevie Wonder. His contribution was excellent. Besides his own classics like "My Cherie Amour" he also delivered a magical rendition of "Human Nature" from Michael Jackson. At the end of Stevie's show we caught a glimpse of Quincy Jones on stage. Quincy was in Rotterdam to receive a prestigious jazz award for his complete musical oeuvre. (TA)