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World of Jazz starts on 1 April

wed 7 feb 2024
Theme: Jazz

World of Jazz, our new jazz and world music channel, will start on April 1 this year. Here you will be able to hear jazz and world music in all its diversity, 24 hours a day. The new channel will focus on the latest developments in both genres and also offers a platform for young musicians by broadcasting concert recordings from all over the Netherlands. World of Jazz will also work closely with the Dutch jazz and world music sector: musicians, venues, festivals and conservatories.

The Netherlands has a thriving jazz and world music scene that deserves to be heard on the radio. In recent years, the Concertzender was the only radio station that gave serious attention to these genres. We are now going to further expand our offering by adding a new channel dedicated to this music.

Sponsors and crowdfunding
To make this possible, we are asking for the financial help from all jazz and world music lovers. You can do this by becoming a Friend of the Concertzender . A crowdfunding campaign will also start soon on We are also talking to the Dutch broadcasting organisation NPO about cooperation and are also hoping for support from politicians in The Hague. The Concertzender’s program makers are all unpaid professionals and are all passionate connoisseurs and specialists in their chosen genres. The additional budget is necessary for the technical implementation, new music programming and to ensure continuity. Money is also necessary if we are to achieve our ambition of giving World of Jazz a place on DAB+.


During the day, World of Jazz programming provides a mix of non-stop jazz and world music: from New Orleans to the present, from Tango to Mambo, from smooth to impro, from African jazz to Latin.
In the afternoon we will delve into the archives: the partnerships between the Concertzender and the Dutch Jazz Archives, North Sea, broadcasters such as VPRO, NTR and Wereldomroep will ensure that these rich archives can be fully exploited.

In addition, there is room for in-depth features and coverage of the latest events with interviews, recent concert recordings, new releases, news about festivals and all the other developments in the world of jazz and world music. The focus is on jazz and world music from the Netherlands, young talent, contemporary movements within jazz and world music, concert recordings from all the Dutch venues. And there will also be live music from the studio, interspersed with interviews.

The World of Jazz channel is the second channel operated by the Concertzender. The original channel remains the place where classical, jazz and world music have a stage and music can be heard that you do not hear anywhere else. The Concertzender already broadcasts a number of jazz programs that other broadcasters had no room for, such as Co Live!, the programme by Co de Kloet.

Support from the music world

Fleurine Verloop, President of the Professional Association of Improvising Musicians
“The BIMpro is extremely supportive of the Concertzender’s initiative and sincerely hopes that the Concertzender will be adopted by the public sector as a ready-made solution. The NPO has a public responsibility towards the Dutch Jazz and World Music ecosystem.

The Concertzender should be heard linearly, so that musicians trained in the Netherlands have a place to be heard nationwide and thus fill concert halls and clubs. Of course, this also applies to foreign jazz musicians who are on tour here.

The Concertzender is essential to close this gap, as an essential part of Dutch Public Broadcasting.”

Sonja Heimann, World Music Forum
“Good to hear that the Concertzender wants to take up the challenge for a new channel on which both world music & jazz can be heard together. There is currently insufficient attention from other broadcasters for ‘alternative music’. The focus is now predominantly on the mainstream, which is at odds with the rapidly changing demographics. This has to change!”

Mark van Schaik, Classical, jazz and world music genre manager at Buma Cultuur
Jazz, world, contemporary and all their cross-pollinations provide colour, depth and new perspectives in the Dutch music sector. Buma Cultuur therefore attaches great importance to a representative – and therefore diverse – offer on public radio and television of all music written and performed in the Netherlands.

A jazz and world music channel is sorely missed in the current field. That is why Buma Cultuur wholeheartedly welcomes the Concertzender’s initiative.”

Paul Bruger, Publisher Jazzism
“What a great initiative! We wholeheartedly support this at Jazzism. This fills the void that has arisen in the jazz currently available on the radio.”

Bart Suèr, Head of the jazz department, Royal Conservatoire The Hague
I warmly welcome this plan, and of course I will support it, both in a personal capacity and because of my position in the jazz department at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.
I ofthen listen to jazz on Fip (a French channel) and it would be nice if a comparable channel were available in the Netherlands. In my opinion, this channel should involve project-based collaboration with conservatories, venues and festivals and should also use the existing jazz archive as a source of music. Individual ‘grass roots’ contributions from musicians and small organizations should also be included.”