Roots Motion is currently presenting concerts and jam sessions at three different venues in the Hague including Pavlov, our base of operations since 2008. We can be found there every Sunday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. and other special occasions. Roots Motion also hosts jazz twice monthly on Thursdays at ’t Syndicaat, The Hague’s best kept secret, and on most Saturday nights at Grand Cafe Victoria.
“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