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Since 1984, Jazzdagen has circumnavigated the globe (several times over) with many wonderful
jazz musicians and jazz lovers alike from all over the world.

Jazzdagen Tours harmonizes the love of music and the love of travel with such meticulous orchestration that
you won’t be able to enjoy one without the other again... Keep your passports close and your dancing shoes closer.
Discover the world with Jazzdagen Tours



 

ALIDA AND PIETER MEIJERS

Alida Meijers is President and owner of JAZZDAGEN TOURS, a full-service tour company and travel office. Her company, founded in 1984, specializes in jazz tours and cruises. Nearly all her cruises are on luxury cruise lines such as CRYSTAL CRUISES, REGENT SEVEN SEAS, HOLLAND AMERICA. Every tour or cruise involves daily performances for Jazzdagen participants of “Classic Jazz”, from New Orleans to Swing and Big Band Jazz, presented by top international jazz bands and/or all-star musicians specially contracted by JAZZDAGEN TOURS for each cruise.

Alida was born in the Netherlands and came to the United States with her husband Pieter. Initially, her stay would be for one or two years only, while Pieter completed a post-doctoral appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory on National Laboratory on Long Island. However, Pieter's career has kept Alida permanently in the United States. She started her own career in travel in 1973, using her

 
Alida and husband Pieter Meijers
Pieter is the leader of The High Sierra Jazz Band

extensive travel experience and her proficiency in foreign languages. She worked as a travel consultant in various offices and obtained her CTC (Certified Travel Consultant) diploma in 1984.
   
Alida and Pieter
Music has always been part of her life. At the age of 9 she learned to play guitar and accompany herself singing pop songs. She also performed as a singer in several musicals. After she met Pieter she became more interested in jazz, took guitar lessons again and learned how to play “rhythm guitar”. The (tenor) banjo followed and for the next 25 years she played, sang and recorded with various bands (e.g. Isotope Stompers, Nightblooming Jazzmen). Around 1997 she announced her retirement as a performing musician so that she could devote more time to the growing business of JAZZDAGEN TOURS. In 1984 the first jazz tour took place to her native country, the Netherlands. The main event during that tour was a jazz festival in Eindhoven called "JAZZDAGEN" (Jazz Days). The tour was a big success and the tour company adopted the title of the festival in its official name; "JAZZDAGEN".

JAZZDAGEN TOURS has organized dozens of tours and cruises with widely varying destinations, such as the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South Africa, Alaska, the Mississippi River, China, the Amazon River, New Zealand, Australia, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean, the Po River, the Rhone River, the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Tahiti, Brazil, Argentina, Chile as well as annual tours to jazz festivals in Europe. Among them have been many New Year’s Celebration Cruises to several national and international destinations.

Alida escorts all of her jazz cruises and tours. She enjoys listening to the music and likes to hang out with the musicians.
She loves to be with people and always has
a personal
word for each Jazzdagen client. However,
her
cruises are not all fun-and-games for her. She is a

............Alida and Ingrid on the recent Asia tour

Alida and Pieter

perfectionist who likes everything to be just right.

Alida is excited of her collaboration with ARBORS RECORDS, which has added a new dimension to the Jazz program. The next Jazz Alive will be September 26th - October 3rd, 2013. In 2014 Panama Canal cruise with 20 musicians.

Alida, a sponsor of many jazz festivals, is often joined by one or two assistants on most of her trips. You will meet very often Pauli van der Zijden from the Netherlands. The day-today affairs at the Jazzdagen office in Los Angeles will be handled by manager Joyce Lazar and her staff.


First Jazzdagen Tour
Betty, Alida and Pauli van der Zijden
Alida and Joyce
New intern Aleksandra Walaszek
Alida with former intern Tanja Galley from Austria
Pieter and Alida with Nina Ferro
Joyce, Pedro and Hannah
Laura, Pauli, Alida, and Joyce
Alida & Pieter
   

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