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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Make sure to visit the Bimhuis Jazz Venue on a Tuesday evening when they often host free workshops and jam sessions; it's a fantastic opportunity to mingle with local musicians and jazz aficionados. Also, grab a drink at the bar before the show starts for one of the best waterside views of Amsterdam that even many locals haven't discovered."

What is Bimhuis Jazz Venue?

Bimhuis Jazz Venue is more than a mere music hall; it's an institution revered in jazz circles worldwide, nestled in the heart of Amsterdam. As a hub for jazz and improvised music, it hosts an eclectic array of performances ranging from up-and-coming artists to seasoned jazz veterans. Its contemporary design, featuring large glass windows offering a panoramic view over the IJ Harbour, creates an intimate ambiance that tantalizes the senses both visually and acoustically. For anyone with a passion for jazz, Bimhuis is an iconic destination - a place where the history of jazz is lived and its future is shaped.

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History of Bimhuis Jazz Venue

The story of Bimhuis starts in 1974, born from a grassroots movement by musicians who wanted a space dedicated to jazz and improvised music – a venue by and for musicians. Originally situated on the Oudeschans, it quickly became the center of Amsterdam's jazz scene. Throughout the years, Bimhuis has welcomed a slew of jazz greats and has been instrumental in launching the careers of numerous Dutch jazz musicians. Its relocation in 2005 to the current cutting-edge facility near the Central Station marked a new chapter, bolstering its reputation as one of the world’s leading jazz venues.


Why is Bimhuis Jazz Venue Important?

Bimhuis is important not just as a performance space, but as a cultural beacon. It's a testament to the thriving jazz culture in Amsterdam and a central figure in the international jazz community. The venue's commitment to nurturing talent is evident in its programming, which often includes workshops and 'sessions' where aspiring musicians play alongside seasoned pros. Bimhuis also records live performances, contributing to the preservation and dissemination of jazz music. It's a place where legends and new talents converge, making it an essential pillar of the global jazz community.


Things to Do & See at Bimhuis Jazz Venue

When you step into Bimhuis, you're entering a realm where jazz lives and breathes. With over 300 concerts a year, there's always something happening. You could catch a live show, ranging from traditional jazz to experimental crossovers. The venue hosts the monthly Bimhuis Radio, where you can experience performances live on air. Don't miss the famous Tuesday night jam sessions, a tradition where amateurs can play with the masters, a clear sign of Bimhuis's dedication to fostering musical growth. And let's not overlook the annual October Meeting, an experimental festival that pushes the boundaries of jazz.

  • Attend a concert and immerse yourself in high-quality jazz performances.
  • Participate in or watch the Tuesday night jam sessions – a thrilling experience for musicians and onlookers alike.
  • Dine at the venue's café with its stunning harbor views, savoring both the cuisine and the music.
  • Explore the record library, offering a sonic journey through jazz history.
  • Watch a live broadcast of Bimhuis Radio or even be part of the audience for these special events.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Bimhuis Jazz Venue?

Bimhuis Jazz Venue is a leading center for jazz and improvised music in Amsterdam. Renowned for its acoustics and considered one of the top jazz venues in the world, it hosts numerous concerts featuring both international and Dutch musicians.

Where is Bimhuis located in Amsterdam?

Bimhuis is located on the waterfront by the Oosterdok, near the Central Station and the Muziekgebouw complex, making it easily accessible for visitors in Amsterdam.

What types of events can I attend at the Bimhuis Jazz Venue?

Bimhuis offers a wide variety of events ranging from jazz concerts and improvisational music performances to workshops and jam sessions. Their calendar features both established artists and emerging talent.

How can I purchase tickets for a show at Bimhuis?

Tickets for Bimhuis events can be purchased through their official website, at the venue box office, or sometimes on-site the day of the event, depending on availability.

Are there any dining options available at Bimhuis Jazz Venue?

Yes, Bimhuis has a cafe where visitors can enjoy a meal or drinks before the concert or during intermission, with a great view of the IJ river.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

Find it on google maps