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Rotterdam is a true jazz city, and that is celebrated on Friday 18 in May. Then the fourteenth and newest cartoon in the Rotterdam series of jazz portraits is unveiled at café Timmer. After the unveiling a musical evening follows, in which the completion of the restoration and reconstruction of the Oude Binnenweg by Woonstad Rotterdam is celebrated. The program is provided by CBK Rotterdam, R'JAM and Woonstad Rotterdam.

18 program May
The jazz party on the Oude Binnenweg starts at 17 at café Timmer: there reveals Dennis Lausberg (domain director Woonstad Rotterdam) the jazz portrait of Annie de Reuver on enamel, made by a cartoon artist Erik Kriek. Annie de Reuver was one of the most popular Dutch singers in the forties and fifties of the twentieth century.

After the unveiling, the 8-headed parade orchestra will perform Streetbeat Empire with Arno 'Hairy Man' Bakker to the Eendrachtsplein. A special jazz quintet put together by Salle de Jonge. The quintet consists of Kim Hoorweg (vocals) Jasper van Damme (alto saxophone), Alexander of Popta (piano), Thomas Pol (double bass) and Salle de Jonge (drums and MD). They play material from the portrayed jazz legends. Then Stichting tells R'JAM more about the Jazz Route and Jazz in Rotterdam.

Jazz city of Rotterdam
Rotterdam can rightly be called the Jazz City of the Netherlands; the music made its appearance when the ports were built and is now indispensable in the cultural climate of the city. There are various jazz stages in the city, and of course the North Sea Jazz Festival attracts the best jazz musicians from all over the world every year.

The Rotterdam Comic Strip & Jazz Portraits Gallery
To honor Rotterdam's jazz heritage, initiator Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial (R'JAM) and CBK Rotterdam collaborated on the Rotterdam Comic Strip & Jazz Portraits Gallery, which consists of fourteen small and large murals on Oude Binnenweg. Almost all designs by the deceased Rotterdam jazz celebrities were made by well-known cartoon artists. The project ran parallel to the large-scale restoration project of Woonstad Rotterdam.

Watch and listen!
The Rotterdam Strip & Jazz Portraits Gallery can partly be walked along the jazz route, and can be heard on vinyl LP Jazz from R'JAM with songs by legendary Rotterdam jazz musicians.

The R'JAM project was partly realized thanks to the financial support of Bureau Binnenstad, Sport & Cultuur - Municipality of Rotterdam, the Erasmus Foundation, Stichting Bevordering Volkskracht, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fund, Area Committee Center and CBK Rotterdam, which also supervised the project in terms of content and logistics. With special thanks to Skala Lokala & jazz expert Hans Zirkzee.