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EJP (Equinox Jazz Promotions) is an organization based in The Hague that has programmed and promoted a extremely high level of live jazz since 2006. EJP is run by guitarist Dan Nicholas, who moved to The Hague from New York City in 2001. The motivation behind EJP is a desire to take advantage of the exceptionally rich jazz climate found in the Netherlands, and to present live jazz in an environment that is inviting and inspiring to musicians and audiences alike.

Among other projects, EJP currently organizes jazz events twice weekly in The Hague. EJP@PAVLOV is a Sunday afternoon concert series which has been host to some of the best live jazz in Holland since 2007 (Bar Restaurant Palvov, Spui 173, Den Haag). EJP@ De Bordelaise is a Saturday evening event featuring concerts by diverse top jazz artists, followed by the best jam sessions in town, (De Bordelaise, Huijenspark 20, Den Haag).

EJP makes special efforts to program visiting musicians from the U.S.A. and abroad, and to establish connections between Dutch and international artists. International artists who have performed at EJP events include: Barry Harris, Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Gary Smulyan, Grant Stewart, Jason Lindner, Dave Liebman, Jeremy Pelt, Gilad Heckselman, Jeff Ballard, Dado Moroni, Mark Gulliana, David Binney, Philip Harper, Don Friedman, Dave Glasser, Bert Joris, Dmitry Baevsky, John Marshall, John Ruocco, Gene Jackson, and Willie Jones III.

Among the many great local artists EJP has featured are: Benjamin Herman, Ferdinand Povel, Ack van Rooyen, Jesse van Ruller, Bart van Lier, Peter Beets, Ben van Gelder, Martijn van Iterson, Rik Mol, Joris Roelofs, Frits Landesbergen, Simon Rigter, Rob van Bavel, Ruud Jacobs, and Eric Ineke.

Remembering Frans Elsen

From the autumn of 2007 until the winter of 2011, the piano chair for EJP Sunday concerts at Pavlov was held by one of the forefathers of jazz in Holland, pianist Frans Elsen. Frans Elsen passed away in February of 2011 at the age of 76. In a career spanning six decades, He worked with the likes of Miles Davis and Joe Henderson, and was a member in the bands of Don Byas and Woody Shaw. As well as digging deep into standard repertoire, the group that performed at Pavlov with Frans Elsen specialized in playing the music of Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron and Thelonious Monk.

Until his very last note, Frans Elsen played with the strength and clarity possessed by only the greatest musicians of any age, in any kind of music. His final appearance at Pavlov scarcely a month before he left us found him very much in command of the eloquence, elegance and fire that made him the giant of music that he was. His influence on jazz in Holland is immeasurable. His roles as pianist, teacher, colleague, and friend are irreplaceable.