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The place to play the music!

entrance of the jazz café 't Geveltje in Amsterdam.
Founded as a folk-café

For 25 years Cafe 't Geveltje has been open in the heart of Amsterdam, in the area called "de Jordaan". Originally it was founded as a folk-cafe, but in the 80's they began to host jazz jam sessions and workshops. Many of the musicians who perform in well-known Dutch jazz-formations started their careers in 't Geveltje.

A jazz-café since 1990

Since 1990 the cafe has been run by Hans Ruigrok and has evolved into a full-grown jazz-cafe. Ruigrok, a professional jazz-musician himself, recognizes the importance of a meeting place,where beginners as well as professional musicians can freely jam together.

The place is insulated to reduce noise pollution

For this purpose the cafe was rebuilt, to meet the strict legal requirements concerning noise pollution. Thanks to these changes there now is a sound-system that makes it possible to continue the musical tradition of the cafe in the future.

A place where pro's, amateurs and listeners meet

At Jazzcafé 't Geveltje in Amsterdam both jazz musicians and jazzfans can have the time of their lives: every day except Sunday, our bar is open, and there is always something interesting to hear, do or watch!

Every Monday there is a session for starters, the session meant for musicians who cannot play the Big Places of Jazz yet, but sure will in due course... Every Tuesday there is a jazz workshop by Armando Cairo.He teaches small groups of jazz players how to become Great. At Wednesday there is a worldmusic workshop conducted by Dolf Pleiter. The Thursday evenings are taken by Martin Klein and his starters jazzworkshop. All the workshops perform regularly at the Gevel and other places. The week ends every Friday with the famous professional jazzsession.

Jazz players and listeners meet in 't Geveltje, both in the room behind ('t achterzaaltje), where the music plays, and in the fine bar where you can talk. There are always people from all over the world, so every night is different!

Free entrance and reasonable prices

The entrance is free, and the prices of the drinks are regular. And on behalf of the musicians, 't Geveltje provides: a piano, drum-kit,electric bass, electric guitar, P.A. and amplification.

Oh, by the way, we happen to have some Hammond-organs too!
Be there and enjoy real jazz!

About the site

On the net since 11 june 2005

There's not much history, yet. But this site could be considered, with some imagination, the child of "the mother of all jazz-sites".

It's not our first site

Actually, this this the second site in the history of 't Geveltje. The first site went down in January 2005. Anne-Marie Oostveen, developer and maintainer of the first site had left the company long before that time and we who stayed behind, have been neglecting one of the most well-known jazz-sites on the web.

The remains of the former site you can find in The Archive.
Jazzcafé ‘t Geveltje Bloemgracht 170 1015 TV Amsterdam Tel: 020 - 623 99 83