Project Description

CrimeJazz is a literary crossover event in which Literature and Poetry are alternated with Hip Hop, Folk, NuSoul, Jazz and other related music styles.


Alongside classic poetry and prose, CrimeJazz gives a stage to more present-day styles such as Rap Poetry and Spoken Word. The strength of Crime Jazz lies in the fact, that on the one hand there is a broad variety in literature and on the other hand there is a divergent music programming. The emphasis of all the different aspects of CrimeJazz lies in innovation, originality, and topicality. CrimeJazz programs both established and beginning international artists and as such CrimeJazz is a breeding ground a new generation of artists.

Started in 1998 in Nighttown Rotterdam, CrimeJazz became a steady annual series of 6 CrimeJazz words poetry & beyond a year in Rotown, Rotterdam and Bitterzoet Amsterdam as of 2003. An educational component with the international visiting artists was part of the program done in collaboration with HipHopHuis in Rotterdam and Nowhere in Amsterdam.

Next to the series we help launch books and albums under the name CrimeJazz presents and curator guest programs for big festivals like North Sea Jazz, Lowlands, TodaysArt and Poetry International.

In 2006 a compilation CD of CrimeJazz artists was brought out independently. CrimeJazz presents continues in various venues and as part of festivals (inter)nationally. In 2008 a publication “10 years CrimeJazz” was publised.

Two specials editions of CrimeJazz took place in Paramaribo, Suriname in 2007 and 2010.


A selection of artists that blessed the stage: Amiri Baraka, Typhoon, Simon Vinkenoog, Sabrina Starke, Ntjam Rosie, Jamie Woon, Zena Edwards, Marjolijn van Heemstra, Babs Gons, Jessica Care Moore, Diana Ozon, Joost Zwagerman, Dennis van Leeuwen, Jules Deelder, Gery Mendes, Abdelkader Benali, …

Presented by Lennie St Luce. Produced and curated by Philip Powel & Sasha Dees (John106).