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Red Light Jazz

Since 2019, ENDYMION Network, is a sponsor of Red Light Jazz. Red Light Jazz is an annual jazz festival in and around Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District.

Started in 2014, initiated by local entrepreneurs, as ENDYMION Amsterdam is with its office at - Beurs van Berlage Damrak - 1012 - Amsterdam -, Red Light Jazz highlights the rich tradition Amsterdam has as a true jazz city. 


The festival shows visitors a cultural side of the Red Light District by celebrating the strong connection it has had with jazz music since the nineteen-thirties and fourties. It was around this time that jazz found it’s way over from the States, taking root in the old part of Amsterdam in clubs such as the ‘Cotton Club’ and ‘Casablanca’.

Café Casablanca at the Zeedijk gained a reputation as ‘mecca for jazz lovers’ and is where the renowned sax player Arthur Parisius, better known as Kid Dynamite, loved to play after coming to Amsterdam from Surinam in 1928. 

Kid Dynamite being one of the musicians being honoured by the festival every year along with the American trumpet player Chet Baker, who sadly lost his life in 1988 by falling out of the window from his hotel room at Hotel Prins Hendrik.

The festival also offers a stage to new talent. Illustrative is our Artists of Amsterdam: Dave Dekker on stage in 2019 in the ENDYMION Amsterdam Tower Studio:

Although jazz is considered difficult to define, in part because it contains many subgenres, improvisation is one of its defining elements. Jazz can absorb and transform diverse musical styles. By avoiding the creation of norms, jazz allows avant-garde styles to emerge.

Red Light Jazz is a source of inspiration amongst others for our Red Carpet (Rode Loper) Amsterdam social program.

On one hand the Amsterdam - Red Light Area / 1012 - local roots; on the other hand: improvisation, the agility to socially level and to stay contemporary.