Legendary guitarist Jan Akkerman comes to The Met to play music from his long career, including his favourite Focus tunes and more recent compositions.

Jan gained international fame with Focus from 1969 – 1976 with whom he recorded a number of breakout albums including Focus Plays Focus / In and Out Of Focus (1970), and Focus II / Moving Waves (1971) which reached the album chart in the UK #2, Netherlands #4 and #8 in the US going Gold. This album spawned the mega-hit Hocus Pocus which had international chart success and more recently has been heard on numerous TV shows such as Top Gear, Skins and Shameless. It has been used in the in the films Hot Fuzz, Robocop (2014) and Baby Driver, and numerous TV advertisements including Nike.

In 1973 Akkerman was named World’s Best Guitarist by Melody Makes in a Top 10 that included Eric Clapton, Steve Howe, Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin and Mick Ronson.

Jan has released thirty solo albums and has collaborated with a number of musicians ranging from Alan Price, Jack Bruce and Ice T. His 26 CD retrospective box set was released in 2020 closely following his acclaimed pre-Covid album Close Beauty.

Joining Jan on stage will be:

Coen Molenaar – Coen studied jazz piano with Bert van de Brink, Jasper van het Hof and Michiel Borstlap at the Utrecht Conservatory between 1989-1996 and since 2011 has taught at the Haarlem Conservatory. His worldwide work includes styles in the range jazz, fusion, dance, funk, R&B, rock, and neo-soul.

Marijn van den Berg (drums) – Marijn has worked with Jan since 2002. He is a graduate of both the Conservatory of Hilverusm and University of Miami. When not working with Jan his career has mainly been in TV and sessions work.

David de Marez Oyens (bass) – David studied bass guitar and double bass at the Hilversum Conservatory and took arranging lessons with Jerry van Rooijen, Rik Elings and Kenny Napper. Since 1985, he has been teaching at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has given clinics and seminars on jazz, pop, latin, rock, fusion and Indian rhythms in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, France, Denmark, Greece, and the School of Music from the University of Miami. Tours have included Spain, France, former Yugoslavia, Russia, Estonia, Japan, The Gambia, Curaçao, USA, Canada and South Africa. Since 1987, David has been teaching and playing at the summer courses organised by ‘the Jazz-Studio’ in Belgium. He can be heard on numerous CDs, radio and TV productions. In addition to working with Jan he currently tours with Curb, The New Conrad Miller Trio and Alter Ego.

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“Jan Akkerman is totally a hero of mine. There are some people in life that no matter how old you are, you feel nervous if you meet someone, he’s one of those, he’s a real role model.”

Brian May

“How can you forget a guy like Jan? Usually with people that are as great as he is, you know of them, but you don’t always get to know them or their music, but you know their reputation. The nights that we played together was great, I wish I could play the things that he did.”

B.B. King

“An almost perfectly formed musician. His classical playing was tremendous and his improvising was second to none. ”

Guitarist Peter Banks of Yes

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