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Big hair and good music at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam

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Esperanza Spalding performs on the first day of the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam on July 8, 2011. The festival, which runs until July 10, features performances by some 1300 musicians on some 13 stages.

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Paul Simon performs on Friday.

The first North Sea Jazz Festival took place in 1976 in the Nederlands Congresgebouw in The Hague. It started with six venues, 300 artists and about 9,000 visitors. Legends of jazz like Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie performed that first year.

The festival moved to its current, bigger location in Rotterdam in 2006. More than 1,000 musicians are expected to play on 13 different stages this year, and more than 65,000 concert goers are expected to attend.