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Saturday April 22, 2017
Sketches of Jazz : 3 encounters with Belgian musicians at the Muntpunt (Brussels)
Muntpunt is a public library, which organizes in May 2017"Sketches of Jazz", a series of encounters and interviews of Belgian jazz musicians.
  • May 4, 2017 : Sketches of Jazz: Jens Bouttery (18:00 - 19:00)
  • May 11 : Sketches of Jazz: Lynn Cassiers (18:00 - 19:00)
  • May 18 : Sketches of Jazz: Joachim Badenhorst (18:00 - 19:00)
    Click on the title.

  • Tuesday April 18, 2017
    Crowdfunding for the upcoming quartet album of saxophonist Fred Delplancq
    The label Hypnote launches a crowdfunding for the upcoming album of saxophonist Fred Delplancq, with Vincent Bruyninckx (p), Sam Gerstmans (b) and Toon Van Dinant (drs).
    Click on the title to participate.

    Saturday April 15, 2017
    April 30 : International Jazz Day in Belgium : jazz on the streets of Brussels, on the stages, on the waves...
    The 6 th edition of the International Jazz Day will be celebrated in Belgium, too, with a.o.:
    A big band battle featuring the Jazz Station Big Band et le Swingalicious Big Band (La Bourse, Brussels, 14:00)
    Musiq3 radio will propose a jazzy version of its jingles.
    A tribute to Toots Thielemans, with an exhibition at the Jazz Station and a concert featuring vocalist David Linx and bassist Michel Hatzigeorgiou.

    Tuesday April 11, 2017
    "Le Jazz d'Hortense" # 98 is out and on-line
    The issue # 98 of the magazine of the "Lundis d'Hortense" (the association of Belgian jazz musicians) is out and on-line on this site (in French).
    For a table of contents, see the French version of this page.
    Click on the title to download it.

    Tuesday April 11, 2017
    Exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculptures by Paul Van Gysegem in Dommelhof, Neerpelt (B)
    Bassist Paul Van Gysegem (a long time adept of free jazz) is also a painter and sculptor. An exhibition of his works (and Osama Abdulrasol's) can be visited from April 20 through June 4, 2017, on the occasion of 10 years Jazz Case, at the Dommelhof in Neerpelt (B).

    Thursday March 30, 2017
    End of the Comblain-la-Tour (B) Festival
    The Comblain-la-Tour Festival (B) will not happen in 2017, according to the organizers, due to the reduction of subsidies and financial supports.

    Monday March 27, 2017
    Daahoud Salim Quintet (Spain) winner of the 'B-Jazz International Contest 2017'
    The winner of the 'B-Jazz International Contest 2017', which took place during the Leuven Jazz Festival, is Daahoud Salim Quintet (Spain).
    Bassist Nicolas Thys received the JazzMozaïek Award 2017.

    Wednesday March 22, 2017
    Finalists of the B-Jazz International contest have been announced
    The six finalists of the B-Jazz International contest have been announced :
  • Marithé Van der Aa Quartet (Belgium)
  • Daahoud Salim Quintet (Spain)
  • Vittorio Solimene Trio (Italy)
  • Hoera (Belgium)
  • Phil Meadows Project (UK)
  • Sebastiaan van Bavel Trio (Netherlands) The finals will take place on March 24 & 25, 2017, in Leuven, in the Opek.

  • Tuesday March 21, 2017
    Jazzaroundmag : table of contents (March 2017)
    See the French version of this page for the table of contents of the latest issue of that webzine (in French).

    Tuesday March 21, 2017
    Luca School of Arts Leuven/Jazz department celebrates its 30th anniversary
    Previously known as the Lemmens Institute, the Jazz & Light Music Department of the Luca Arts School of Arts in Leuven celebrates its 30th anniversary, a.o. with concerts featuring teachers and alumni.


    Monday March 20, 2017
    At Cinematek, as of April 2, Toots Thielemans & movies
    Toots Thielemans, besides an impressive career as a jazz musician, also added his harmonica to numerous movies, by Verhoeven, Peckinpah, Berri, Yves Robert, Schlesinger, Lautner, Spielberg, de Hert... on scores by Quincy Jones, Philippe Sarde, John Williams, John Barry, Vladimir Cosma etc...
    Movies from Belgium, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, the US, etc...
    A retrospective is taking place at the Cinematic in Brussels, starting April 2, 2017.
    Click on the title for dates and program.

    Wednesday March 15, 2017
    Jazz Hot # 679 is out, on-line only and free
    See the French version of this page for a table of contents and click on the title to visit the website (in French).

    Tuesday March 14, 2017
    L'Ame des Poètes in Vietnam
    L'Ame des Poètes, a trio which revisits French "chansons" with an instrumental and jazzy approach is to perform in Vietnam. Concerts are planned in Hanoi and Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville, with a local traditional musician as a guest.
    L'Ame des Poètes is composed of Pierre Vaiana (sop sax), Fabien Degryse (gt) and Jean-Louis Rassinfosse (double bass).

    Tuesday March 14, 2017
    B-Jazz International Contest 2017 in Leuven, with an exhibition of photos by Jos L. Knaepen
    From March 24 through 26, 2017, the finals of the B-Jazz International Contest 2017 will take place in Leuven, in the Opek hall. On March 26, the JazzMozaïek Award 2017 will be handed to bassist Nicolas Thys in 30CC/Schouwburg (from 16:00) and the winners of the contest will be announced.
    Between concerts at Opek, you can take a look at a jazz photo exhibition by the late Jos L. Knaepen.
    The winner of the ‘Grand Prize Albert Michiels‘ gets the chance to play concerts at Getxo Jazz Festival 2017 (Spain), at Saint Louis College of Music (Rome, Italy), at Amersfoort Jazz Festival (Netherlands) and on the Druivenfestival (Hoeilaart, Belgium).
    In addition there is a prize for best bassplayer and a prize for the best performance of the mandatory composition (= winning composition of the B-Jazz Composition Contest 2017), supported by Sabam.
    For more details, click on the title.

    Friday March 10, 2017
    Bassist Nicolas Thys receives the Jazzmozaïek Award 2017
    Bassist Nicolas Thys has received the Jazzmozaïek Award 2017.
    He plays acoustic and electric bass with numerous bands, a.o. Nathalie Loriers Trio, Kris Defoort Trio, Tutu Puoane, as well as his own projects.

    Thursday March 9, 2017
    2 projects of the Mâäk Collective, Kawral, Rit Souffle Danse with Salia Sanou, at the Biennale du Val de Marne (F)
    2 projects of the Mâäk Collective will be presented in France in the coming weeks :
  • Kawral – La rencontre (Mââk Electro & Salia Sanou)
    March 17, 19/03/2017: Biennale de Danse Du Val de Marne (Paris)
    March 24, 2017: De Kriekelaar (Brussels)
  • Souffle Rit Souffle Danse (social/artistic projet by Laurent Blondiau & Salia Sanou)
    March 12 (14:30) : Orly – Centre culturel Aragon Triolet – Biennale du Val de Marne
    March 19 (14:30) : Vitry-sur-Seine – Théâtre Jean Vilar – Biennale du Val de Marne
    March 26 (16:00) : Paris – Grande Halle de La Villette – Biennale du Val de Marne
    Click on the title.

  • Wednesday March 8, 2017
    "Bru Jazz We" in the footsteps of the Brussels Jazz Marathon (May 26-28)
    Coming soon : the new "Brussels Jazz Weekend" !
    Mark 26, 27 and 28 may 2017, more than 200 concerts and 700 musicians will set capital of Europe ablaze!
    A huge party that makes Brussels swing for one weekend with free concerts : jazz, blues, funk or world music on five open air stages with a line-up of Belgium's greatest bands and international acts, as well as more than 80 clubs, bars and hotels where the party lingers till 2 am in the morning. Add FREE admission for everyone, a special matinee for kids and a swinging, friendly atmosphere all over the city... and you will understand that this event is an absolute must!
    The high quality of Belgian jazz is indisputable: renown artists with international reputation, but also a new generation of outstanding young talent, to be discovered !
    All concerts during the Brussels Jazz Weekend are totally FREE!
    The full program will be online as from 20th April!

    Thursday March 2, 2017
    Brussels Jazz Orchestra news : jazz and poetry, music for kids, Brel with David Linx, Enrico Pieranunzi etc...
    News from the Brussels Jazz Orchestra : the Brel programme (feat. David Linx) tours in Wallonia in Huy, Soignies, Louvain-la-Neuve and Dinant, in the Netherlands (Breda), or afterwards in France (Bourges). The project was featured in 22 concert dates so far.
    Other projects in the coming weeks :
  • Kaneelvingers, jazz & poetry in Dutch, featuring music by Peter Hermans arranged by Bert Joris and texts by Stefan Hermans, with vocalist Fay Claassen.
  • Boom-Boom for kids (in Dutch)
  • The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi, Bergamo (I), March 26, 2017.

  • Tuesday February 28, 2017
    Saxophonist Toine Thys + Hervé Samb, with Bounce Trio in Maison de la Radio (Paris), then in Burkina Faso, etc...
    Saxophonist Toine Thys will tour with his trio and guitarist Hervé Samb in Belgium and the Netherlands.
    On March 25, 2017, he will be at the Maison de la radio in Paris for a live recording of the Bounce Trio for Radio France. With Gautier Garrigue, Matthieu Marthouret and Serge Lazarevich.
    End of March, with trumpet player Laurent Blondiau, he will teach at the Ecole de Ventistes in Burkina Faso.

    Tuesday February 28, 2017
    Saxophonist Dieter Limbourg guest soloist of the RTS-Radio Big Band in Belgrade
    On March 7, 2017, saxophonist Dieter Limbourg will be a guest soloist with the RTS-Radio Big Band (the Serbian Radio and Television’s big band) in Belgrade.

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