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Press praises concerts at the North Sea Jazz Festival

The media was explicitly positive about the concerts of the Metropole Orkest at the North Sea Jazz Festival in which the orchestra performed three concerts in two days.  Following is a summary of the reviews:

Nu.nl about the performance with Gregory Porter, Gretchen Parlato and Anthony Hamilton:

“Goosebumps at the Metropole Orkest and Gregory Porter show”

“Day two of the North Sea Jazz Festival had a very special start. The Metropole Orkest and guests Gregory Porter, Anthony Hamilton and Gretchen Parlato ravished the entire audience at the Maas stage. The American jazz singer Gretchen Parlato is impressive as first vocalist at the performance of the Metropole Orkest. With rhythmic clapping and a beautiful voice she quieted the entire audience at the Maas stage with the song Butterfly. Anyone that saw Gregory Porter live before knows what to expect, but even so Porter surprises in a positive way at the jazz festival. His performance of Be Good is heart breaking. Other famous artists on the first day of the festival did not succeed in holding on to the audience’s attention at the Maas stage, but on Saturday the audience kept expanding and during the concert an earlier closed stage had to be opened.”

Nu.nl on the Herbie Hancock performance:

“Metropole Orkest Shows Why It Still Exists at North Sea Jazz “

“Today the conductor of the famous Metropole Orkest, Vince Mendoza, has the task to make the compositions of jazz icon Herbie Hancock come alive. Less than a year ago the Dutch government doubted whether to keep the orchestra alive. However, the Saturday and Sunday shows are proof of the value of this miscellaneous ensemble. At the Amazon there were hardly any empty seats left when the legend entered the stage. Hancock has reached the age of 73, but that is hardly noticeable.”