I love the Swingin’ Groningen festival: it’s a terrific free festival in the heart of Groningen and brings a mix of swinging Jazz, Soul, Blues and R&B. It was a huge shame last year’s edition had to be cancelled, but I was happy to be able to attend the Friday evening part of this festival (had to give Saturday a miss, you can’t always do everything…).
And although I might be missing some interesting stuff on Saturday, the Friday part of Swingin’ Groningen was absolutely no less interesting.
I started with Sabrina Starke. I’ve seen her once before but that was waaaay back in 2009 and that’s too long ago. She had a great band with her, sounded fantastic. And even though it was a bit early in the evening, there was some definite swinging going on there.
Funnily enough I run into Ralph de Jongh a lot this year and he’s playing a gig at this festival too. Small setup, a lot of solo with additional backing vocals here and there. A strong, stompin’ swinging set of raw bluesy songs. Fantastic as always, loved it!
Onwards to Zawinul Ziggurath, a Dutch band strongly influenced by (of course) Josef Zawinul and his Weather Report. Jazz combined with Jazzrock, a bit of King Krimson freakishness and away you go. Interesting sound. Will see if I can get to see them again on Noorderzon this year.
Karma plays Jazz mixed with afro-grooves. Jazz-world music.
San Glaser was born in Hoogezand-Sappemeer (close to Groningen), but has lived in Hamburg for a long time now (so she excused herself for possibly switching to spaking in German just in case). Poppy jazz with a good dose of soul music. Sweet and very danceable.
Ending the evening (well, for me at least) with Rhonda. Also from Hamburg, this was a fantastic band to end the evening. Retro-60’s soul-popmusic, very much swingin’ with a dash of ‘The Clash’ reggae and a very much fun band to see. Had a blast!