AZURE A Musical Spark The story of Azure starts in 2006 when a pianist and a guitar player meet at a spontaneous jam session. Immediately sensing a musical spark, they decide to collaborate. They get together with 2 friends, start composing and gigging, and call the band Azure.

When She Smiles After their first big concert, at The Hague Jazz, they decide to work towards a recording. In june 2008 the quartet records their debut album 'When She Smiles', which holds nine original pieces inspired by love. The self-released album finds wide critical acclaim in both the US and the Netherlands. Azure's compositions, eclecticism, and unique sound get a lot of praise.

Touring and competition They play some major Dutch summer festivals, followed by the first tour abroad: for three weeks they play across South America, receiving a warm welcome. Two years later the band gets nominated as finalists for the 'Get Your Jazz On Stage' competition, culminating in a final concert at Amsterdam's pop-temple Paradiso, for which they team up with star trumpeter Rik Mol and rap-outfit L4.

Hiptronics Producer and synthesizer wizard Federico Solazzo replaces the original composer/pianist, who relocates to Paris, and trumpeter Mol continues to work with Azure. Yet again a musical spark is felt and Azure dedicate themselves to composing and rehearsing new material. A brand new, second album called 'Hiptronics' is scheduled for release in June 2014

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“You guys have a sound!” – Dave Liebman

“The band really impressed me… great tunes, great interplay…” - Hein van de Geyn

Jazzism, nr. 3 2009 “Azure has guts and a very individual, mature sound. ...from all the attention for quality of timbre and detailed interplay, the group easily switches into overdrive” (Mark Stroeks)

Jazz Magazine, nr. 2 2009 “a headstrong lot... it’s primarily the combination of melody and harmony that makes the group’s work interesting. Azure’s music is accessible, a bit dreamy and covers you like a warm blanket” (Angelique van Os)

Den Haag Centraal, may 2009 “Azure is a group keep your eyes on..

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