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Live From The Netherlands: The Sesjun Radio Shows

From 1973 to 2004 the Dutch radio show “Tros Sesjun” broadcast live jazz every week, featuring artists such as Bill Evans in their late-period prime.

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Chet Baker

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Chet Baker: the troubled trumpeter always seemed to be at his best for his Sesjun performances.

In the early 1970s Dutch jazz drummer and café owner Nick Vollebregt persuaded a producer for the radio network TROS to begin weekly broadcasts of performances from Vollebregt’s club. Though Vollebregt would pass away several years later, the broadcasts would continue, from his café and other venues in the Netherlands.The program featured many notable veteran jazz musicians who were touring Europe, and lasted until 2004. Now some of the performances, selected by original program co-producer Cees Schrama, are becoming available on CD, and they give us a chance to hear those jazz veterans in a 1970s and 80s context, playing in a relaxed but vital manner. Bill Evans, Art Blakey, and Chet Baker are featured on the program.

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Morning Glory
Bill Evans — Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue, 2011)
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Morning Glory
Bill Evans — Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue, 2011)
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E.T.A.
Art Blakey — The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue, 2011)
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Some Other Time
Bill Evans — Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue, 2011)
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Bluesette
Bill Evans — Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue, 2011)
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Chet's Theme (midpoint music bed)
Chet Baker — The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue, 2010)
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Moanin'
Art Blakey — The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue, 2011)
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Margarine
Chet Baker — The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue, 2010)
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Lament
Chet Baker — The Sesjun Radio Shows (Out of the Blue, 2010)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • Bob van Eekhout

    I am pleased you wrote about the Dutch Tros Radio Sesjuns with Bill Evans. I am from Amsterdam / Holland and wrote an article on my blog “Bob’s Blog” about the same. See this article in Dutch 
    http://bobvaneekhout.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/bill-evans-trio-cd-the-sesjun-radioshows/ as well as 
    http://www.triojazztraffic.nl/
    Best regards,
    Bob van Eekhout

  • Mjohnsondots

    although I’m Dutch I live in the US and I remember the broadcasts well. My guess is that I did not quite appreciate them for what they were – Jazz with lots of space in it -  but now when I listen to it I appreciate what I left behind.

  • Bob van Eekhout

    In August 2012 a new release came out, this time a recording of Dizzy Gillespie in Nick Vollebregt’s Jazz Cafe. It wa recorded on 22nd of October 1981. Here again Gillespie underlined his love for Latin jazz, with saxophonist Paquito d’Rivera.This is the fourth relase in this serie of recordings which have been preserved ands restored.Read more about this on Dutch:

    http://www.jazztraffic.nl

    http://www.jazzenzo.nl

    Best regards, Bob van Eekhout

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