To a timeless tradition
Beyond entertainment
Beyond art
Where live music brings us together
Lifts the spirits
And blows the blues away
Our music
is a language, spoken by thousands around the world, loved by millions.
Our music
is rooted in the heavenly sounds channeled by the great masters of Europe
in marriage with the earth rhythms of the African mother continent.
Our music
is constantly in motion, it does not belong to any time or place.
Our music
uses songs from the past to help us find our own song in each passing moment.

“Jazz is such a powerful cultural statement that it’s almost as if it’s intertwined with society.”

– Tom Harell

Jazz is often referred to as an individualist’s art form. Yet all the the great soloists of the music – from Armstrong to Coltrane – rose to their heights from within a deep tradition and a deep community. Jazz is rooted in a tradition of collective music that serves a social function. The church musicians that connected the preacher to the congregation. The marching band that fueled the parade. The dance band that kept the dancers on the floor until all hours.

“Jazz is music made by and for people who have chosen to feel good in spite of conditions.”

– Johnny Griffin

Inextricably intertwined with the blues, jazz is a music that stares adversity straight in the eye, and triumphs over it. The culture from which jazz came suffered great hardship and indignity, and the music of that culture was both its medicine, and its weapon of defense. While jazz has undergone a great many changes during its evolution, the key characteristic always remains a vital rhythmic drive of an overwhelmingly positive and life affirming nature.

Live Dates

Phil Harper @ Pavlov

November 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Trumpeter Phil Harper paid his dues with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the late 1980s. He then, with [...]

Cleaver/Stanik/Zwanink/Ineke @ Syndicaat

November 21 @ 9:30 pm - November 22 @ 12:30 am

Trumpeter and Amsterdam native Ian Cleaver is a brilliant young voice in jazz in the netherlands. At 22 [...]

Fernando Sanchez Quintet @ Pavlov

November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tenor Saxophonist Fernando Sanchez is a leader in a wave of execptional musicians who moved to Amsterdam from [...]

Simon Rigter/ Gary Kavanagh Quintet @ Pavlov

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tenor Saxophonist Simon Rigter is one of the busiest and most sought after musicians in the Netherlands and [...]

Traneing In Presentation & Concert @ Syndicaat

December 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Roots Motion will bring the holiday season into full swing on December 3rd with a special event centered [...]

Jasper Blom invites Mike & Mekhi Boon @ Syndicaat

December 5 @ 9:30 pm - December 6 @ 12:30 am

Boy Edgar Prize winner Jasper Blom will lead an extraordinary band on Thursday the 5th of December at [...]

Benjamin Herman @ Pavlov

December 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Alto saxophonist Benjamin Herman is a wide ranging stylist whose playing is rooted in bebop with a nod [...]

Lorusso/Cervera/Royer/Puime @ Syndicaat

January 16, 2020 @ 9:30 pm - 11:55 pm

This week at Syndicaat Roots Motion will shine a light on four of the brightest young talents on [...]