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I'm in Amsterdam for a few days in July and was wondering if anyone could recommend where to go to see some good jazz? Also are there any good sax shops worth visiting?? Thanks.
 

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yes, definitely, the Bimhuis but there are only 4 concerts in July

http://bimhuis.nl/programma#/programma/page:11/date:2012-04-13

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http://www.amsterdam.info/music/jazz/
http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/iambassadors/i-ambassador-colin/jazz

you can find all sorts of smaller places although in July some places are winding down for the Summer

Shops:

Amsterdam Winds (the only real saxophone shop in town and one of the few repair shops but there are other technicians.......Frits de Wit, Nico Bodewes....)

Hampe and Berkel (they have some vintage woodwinds)
http://www.berkelmuziek.nl/contents/nl/d16_saxofoons.html


Just outside Amsterdam shops:

Harry Bakker (quite many horns new and old for sale, good repairs)

http://www.harrybakker.nl/

Matthews ( more new things than older ones, good prices, good repairs)

http://www.matthewsmuziek.nl/

Charlie’s Music ( new and vintage, good repairs)
http://www.charliesmusicworld.com/nl/
 

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Thanks for the tips. I'm not particularly bothered about seeing big names. It would be nice to hear some of the top local guys though. Peter Beets or Simon Rigter or players in that bop/straight ahead vein.
Which shop is best for vintage horns? Thanks again.
 

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the shop where you will find the most vintage horns around Amsterdam would probably be Harry Bakker (not cheap stuff mind you!) f you are prepared to travel almost to Belgium Music Centre van Gorp has the largest collection (392 pieces at the moment .........not all very special or precious though)

http://www.muziekcentrumvangorp.nl/blaasinstrumenten/saxofoon/
 

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Thanks for the tips. I'm not particularly bothered about seeing big names. It would be nice to hear some of the top local guys. Peter Beets or Simon Rigter or players in that bop/straight ahead vein.
Which shop is best for vintage horns? Thanks again.
At least you have a great taste in music. Peter Beets website is in english(http://www.peterbeets.nl/index.php?pagina=28) and so is part of simon rigters btw(http://www.simonrigter.com/live/

Have you seen this clip, peter beets playing is really impressive
 

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Liam, let me know (by pm) if you have some time left during your stay. I'm close to Amsterdam and can pick you up to try my vintage Links (or just for fun), if I'm not to busy myself.
 

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Is the Cafe Alto still operating near the Leidseplein?
Stopped there one night about 2 am, and the band was great.
On piano was David Berkman.
 

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Is the Cafe Alto still operating near the Leidseplein?
Stopped there one night about 2 am, and the band was great.
On piano was David Berkman.
I just spoke with friends in A'dam, and the Cafe Alto is still very much happening. Saxophonist Hans Dulfer (Candy's dad) is on hand every Wednesday night, and there is music every night.

It's been a while but I played a few gigs there with Burton Greene and Perry Robinson.

Definitely make a stop there. Easy to get to via tram or by foot.
 

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Sounds like a fun trip. Amsterdam is famous for it's sax shops...

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I'm not really ashamed of the coffee shops but I cringe every time I see tourist around the red light district.
 

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well, do what most people in Holland do........ignore them!
 

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Cafe Alto is an excellent place for jazz, great atmosphere. Likewise Matthews muziek in nearby Edam is great for checking out saxophones, new and old, very friendly people.
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I'm in Amsterdam next wednesday to friday if anybody has any other recommendations.
Anybody know any jam sessions?? Although I can't decide whether to take my horn or not. I hear there is a great jazz music college in Amsterdam. Where do the students play?
Thanks.
 

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In summer lots of places observe a Summer stop so you might find that the usually rich atmosphere is somehow less rich. The Bimhuis is open in July as a concert venue but the Tuesday evening jamsession, after the workshop, is closed for the Summer.
Here you can find some other places but lots are closed in July.

http://www.amsterdam.info/music/jazz/
 

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I'm in Amsterdam next wednesday to friday if anybody has any other recommendations.
Anybody know any jam sessions?? Although I can't decide whether to take my horn or not. I hear there is a great jazz music college in Amsterdam. Where do the students play?
Thanks.
It's summer, so sessions may have a summer stop. Many of the foreign students will return home. However, next weekend is the North Sea Jazz Festival (in Rotterdam) so there's lots of jazz happening there, not just at the venue but also in the city itself. http://www.northsearoundtown.com/programma.php
 
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