So What's Next

Jazz Festival Eindhoven

On Saturday, November 2, 2024, the 12th edition of So What's Next, the annual international jazz festival of Eindhoven, will take place at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven! The festival is named after the legendary jazz track 'So What' and the relentless innovative drive of creator Miles Davis. This year, the festival offers an adventurous and contemporary mix of rising stars and renowned jazz artists, all pushing the boundaries of jazz and showcasing what the genre represents today. The first five names have been announced! Scroll down quickly for the programme!

Friday, 1 November | So What's Next presents: An evening with New Cool Collective

Thirty years ago, the masters of swing Benjamin Herman and DJ Graham B took to the stage together for the first time. Since then, the New Cool Collective has evolved into an 8-piece jazz monster that travels the world. Their well-known danceable mix of jazz, soul, cumbia, and African music captures attention, as seen in their collaborations with Tony Allen, Mapacha Africa, Andrew Roachford, Jules Deelder, Typhoon, Guus Meeuwis, Matt Bianco, Thierno Koité, and Georgie Fame. Tonight, on the eve of So What's Next 2024, you'll have the chance to enjoy live the new album that these men are releasing this fall.

Saturday, 2 November | So What's Next

The festival on Saturday, November 2, offers an inspiring selection of contemporary jazz with an adventurous mix of established names and promising rising stars in funk, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and rock. Each act has a unique sound, but they all share one common characteristic: they all push the boundaries of jazz. The first five names for the festival have been announced: guitar legend Al Di Meola (exclusive concert in the Netherlands), the iconic saxophonist Branford Marsalis with his quartet, rising saxophone star Lakecia Benjamin, singer Michelle David with The True-tones, and Dutch saxophonist Hans Dulfer with Dulfer! Total Response. You won't want to miss it!

Line up festival:

Al Di Meola • Branford Marsalis Quartet • Lakecia Benjamin • Michelle David & The True-tones • Dulfer! Total Response

Sunday, 3 November | So What's Next Around Town

Traditionally, on Sunday afternoons, you'll find So What's Next Around Town in the vibrant city of Eindhoven, featuring a series of atmospheric stages. You can enjoy a fine selection of promising new bands and special projects from the wide spectrum of jazz. So What's Next Around Town offers an extra attractive introduction to the newest jazz talent, as admission to all concerts is completely free! So, bring the whole family along, create your own route, and enjoy surprising live jazz, beautiful stages, and the delightful atmosphere in the city center.

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