Inspired by the spoken word scene that emerged in the 1990s in New York and London, from 1998 to 2008 Dees and Powell organized CrimeJazz: Words Poetry & Beyond, in an appealing literary crossover programme that mixed various forms of the spoken word with hip-hop, jazz, folk, soul and other music genres. The focus was on originality, quality and diversity. The evenings attracted both national and international artists, and it was precisely because anything could happen that CrimeJazz had such a big impact on Rotterdam’s jazz culture. CrimeJazz became an important breeding ground for an emerging generation of ground-breaking artists such as Sabrina Starke, Jamie Woon, Marjolijn van Heemstra, Typhoon and Nick Mulvey.

CrimeJazz is returning to Festival Jazz International Rotterdam for one night only. A unique opportunity to experience this legendary concept once more close up, in the intimate setting of Theater Walhalla at De Kaap.