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.

“Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.”

– Herbie Hancock

One need only take a deeper listen and a deeper look into American music of the 20th century to discover common roots. Church Hymns, Spirituals, Blues, Parade Music. Country and Bluegrass, with its Celtic ancestry. All these musics informed Jazz as it evolved into America’s great art form – from its New Orleans origins through the Swing Era, Big Bands, Bebop and beyond. And all the most important genres of American popular music flowed into and out of this evolution; R&B, Rock n Roll, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop. All are branches of the same tree. All share common roots. While jazz may never be mainstream music, anyone who takes the time to listen will find themselves in a familiar place.

“Jazz does not belong to one race or culture. It’s a gift that America gave the world.”

– Ahmad Jamal

With origins in the early 20th century American South, today jazz is played world wide. It is an ever changing and adapting art form and has fused with world musics around the globe. It is international, intergenerational, and crosses boarders of race, ethnicity and gender

Live Dates

Ari Hoenig European Quartet @ Pavlov

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Roots Motion is proud to present a special Sunday afternoon concert at Pavlov with master drummer Ari Hoenig's [...]

Miguel Rodriguez Trio @ Syndicaat

October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Madrid native pianist Miguel Rodriguez is one of the most in demand musicians in Holland. His playing is [...]

Bart v. Lier @ Pavlov

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Master trombonist Bart van Lier has been a fixture on the Dutch jazz scene since the 1960s. His [...]

Martijn van Iterson Quartet @ Pavlov

October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Martijn van Iterson is one of the world's foremost jazz guitarists. Many in the know, including Pat Metheny, [...]

Francesca Tandoi @ Syndicaat

October 17 @ 9:30 pm - October 18 @ 12:00 am

Francesca Tandoi is a fantastic pianist and vocalist from Rome whose star is on the rise. She has [...]

Frits Landesbergen @ Pavlov

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Vibraphonist Frits Landesbergen is one of the hardest hitting and most swinging jazz musicians around, and a true [...]

Joy Brown @ Pavlov

October 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Joy Brown is the favorite vocalist of a great number of jazz fans and musicians on the NYC [...]

Joy Brown @ Syndicaat

October 31 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Joy Brown is the favorite vocalist of a great number of jazz fans and musicians on the NYC [...]

Tenor saxophonist Liam Byrne is a young rising star in the United Kingdom. Based in Wales, he has [...]

Phil Harper @ Syndicaat

November 7 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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

John Ruocco/Juraj Stanik @ Pavlov

November 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

John Ruocco is a wizard of the Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet. His playing is constantly challenging and adventurous, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lorusso/Cervera/Royer/Puime @ Syndicaat

December 4 @ 9:30 pm - December 5 @ 12:00 am

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

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 [...]