Holland – America Line


The Dutch Jazz Archive (Nederlands Jazz Archief) is a great organization that documents Dutch jazz history by releasing music, jazz magazine Jazzbulletin and documentaries. It keeps the flame burning in generous fashion, opening up the archive for scholars, musicians and anyone interested in Dutch jazz history.

Many American jazz legends found a receptive audience in The Netherlands. Through the years, the NJA has unearthed recordings from the vaults of Dutch clubs and halls, notably the Concertgebouw, the classical bastion where, to the enjoyment of beatniks and other jazz crazed youngsters around the country, modern jazz was programmed in the late 50s and early 60s. There were performances by Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane and many others.

The Dutch jazz fan is in the know. And I’ve noticed that a number of international jazz lovers on social media have found their way to NJA. Still, the work of Dutch Jazz Archive has been under the radar internationally. Take a look at the examples below. A wealth of previously unreleased material from the greatest in the game: the Jazz At The Concertgebouw and Treasures Of Dutch Jazz series.

Somethin’ else, right?!

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