“Rita Reys: still the best timing” - NRC Handelsblad

Rita Reys is for over half a century now with no doubt the greatest jazz singer our country has brought forth” - Jury Edison Oeuvre Award

“Long Live Rita Reys!” - Jan Mulder on TV show De Wereld Draait Door




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Rita Reys 1924-2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Europe’s First Lady of Jazz

Maria Everdina Jacobs - Reys

Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion

Honorary Citizen of New Orleans

widow of Willem Bernard Jacobs (Pim) † 1996
widow of Johan Wessel Ilcken (Wes) † 1957

Breukelen - Leila Jacobs & Nejat Portakal
                 Robin Jacobs

Nieuwkoop - Ruud Jacobs & Liselore Gerritsen

A remembrance service was held on Monday 5 August at the H. Johannes de Doperkerk in Breukelen. Condolences can be send to info@ritareys.eu.

Personal message from Rita

24 December 2012

Dear everyone,

I want to thank all of you for your good wishes on the occasion of my birthday. It was heart-warming to receive so many kind words from you. I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, and a healthy, successful New Year!

Love, Rita Reys

Rita Reys at Paradiso Amsterdam

10 October 2012

Great news: On Sunday 12 May next year Rita Reys will make her début at Paradiso Amsterdam. Paradiso is best known for its pop concerts; during its long history artists like Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Joss Stone performed there. During the concert Rita will perform her personal favorites from the Great American Songbook, and new repertoire as well. She'll be accompanied by the Peter Beets Quartet. Tickets can be ordered from next Saturday via www.ticketservice.nl. We hope to see you at Paradiso next year, and celebrate this special evening with us!

Rita Reys to perform at the North Sea Jazz Festival

9 February 2012

On Friday 6 July Rita Reys will give her 20th performance during the North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland’s biggest yearly jazz event. She will be accompanied by the Peter Beets Trio, with Beets on piano, Ruud Jacobs on bass and Joost Patocka on drums. Other artists to play at this year’s edition are Tony Bennett, Van Morrison, Wayne Shorter and Pat Metheny. For tickets visit www.northseajazz.com.

Rita Reys & Metropole Orchestra on Nederland 2

9 February 2012

Tomorrow Omroep Max will broadcast the second part of the Rogier van Otterloo tribute concert that was recorded last year with the Metropole Orchestra at Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn. Rita performed a beautiful Burt Bacharach classic, which she recorded with Van Otterloo in 1972 for her Bacharach Songbook album: One Less Bell to Answer. The program starts at 5:35 PM on Nederland 2.

Rita Reys receives Royal decoration

21 November 2011

Last Monday Rita Reys was decorated as Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion (Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw), on occasion of her 70 years stage jubilee this year, and because of her unique contribution to the Dutch music industry. The event took place in Rotterdam, where Rita was born and raised, on the SS Rotterdam (a cruise ship that once sailed the Holland-America Line). After the decoration she was interviewed by NOS TV news, Show News a.o., and performed with her trio.



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