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David Linx
Information Discography Concerts schedule
Instrument(s) Vocals, Composer, Songwriter
Date of birth March 22, 1965
Place of birth Brussels
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 Current bands

David Linx - Skin in the game (Leader)      The Wordsmith (Leader)
David Linx / Diederik Wissels duo ou quartet (Leader)     

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With Horace Parlan, Harry "Sweets" Edison,Toots Thielemans, Slide Hampton, Richard Boone, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Ernie Wilkins, Jimmy Owens, Sahib Shihab, John Clayton, Nathan Davis, Deborah Brown, Roy Ayers, Byard Lancaster, Bashiri Johnson, Victor Lazlo, Juan José Mosalini, Erling Kroner, Johnny Griffin, Per Goldschmidt, Carol Fredericks, Jens Winter, Bernard Lavilliers, Steve Coleman, Foreigner, Bob Stewart, James Baldwin, Hein Van De Geyn, Klavs Hovman, Trio Bravo, Brenda White King, Diederik Wissels, Khalil Chaine, Maurane, La Grande Formation, Marc Ducret, Lena Willemark, Hector Zazou, Aka Moon, Sly & Robbie, Karen Young, Richard Galliano


  • "Hey Baby, Cool" for the COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA arranged by Frank Foster with Victor Lazlo.
  • "Take Me", "Tell Me Pourquoi Pas", "Maxime", "Désir Fou", "Berceuse (Lullaby)", "The Dream is in Our Hands" as well as most of the English lyrics on Victor Lazlo's latest album "BACK TO FRONT".
  • Founder and composer of "A Lover's Question" with American writer James BALDWIN, reciting his poetry (later on, 1988, live broadcast by Sky Channel with brother David Baldwin).
  • Ballet music for choreographer and dancer Michèle Noiret: "La Crèveche", "L'Espace Oblique".
  • Ballet music for choreographer and dancer ran-Christian Chalon: "Transit",
  • Film song for "Hey Stranger" a film by Peter Woditsch, sung by Hanna Schygulla.
  • Film music for "Mygdal", a documentary by Miel van Hoogenbemt on a German settlement in Israel.


    In continental Europe, England and the U.S.A. with above mentioned musicians.

    David LINX has been featured in papers and magazines like "The International Herald Tribune", "The Wall Street Journal", "Time Magazine", "Jazz Magazine", "Jazz In Time", "Post Magazine" and others.

    In 1996 David LINX was nominated for the Django d'Or in France for the category best jazz singer, together with Abbey LINCOLN and Cassandra WILSON.
    In '98, David LINX was again nominated, this time with Diederik WISSELS in Paris (category vocal jazz).
    And in '99, their album Bandarkah (Label Bleu) has been selected among the three nominees for the French Django d'Or '99, in the category "Europe".

    In '98, David LINX has been nominated in the vocal category of the Victoires de la Musique in France, for his CD with Diederik WISSELS, "Up Close" (Label Bleu LBLC6586), next to Dee Dee BRIDGEWATER and Diana KRALL.

    In the Belgian jazz referendum organized by Belgian radios RTBF and VRT, David LINX was elected best vocalist of the year '98 in the categories Belgium and Europe.

    See also LINX/WISSELS Group

    Singer, composer, song-writer and instrumentalist Brussels-born David Linx has an amazing voice, voluptuous and light, with a unique emotional charge. From heartfelt blues to fast-paced rhythms, captivating melodies to vertiginous vocal acrobatics, David is always at ease and above all remarkably convincing.

    He has worked with big-name musicians including Aka Moon, Khalil Chahine, Mino Cinelu, Marc Ducret, Philip Catherine, Paolo Fresu, Johnny Griffin, Ray Lema, Juan José Mosalini, Robbie Shakespeare, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, the Count Basie Orchestra, Maurane, David Gilmore,…

    In 1985, just short of his 20th birthday, he sparked significant interest in Europe and the US with his album "A Lover's Question" dedicated to the author James Baldwin and recorded with Pierre Van Dormael, Steve Coleman, Slide Hampton, Viktor Lazlo and Deborah Brown. The album, re-released on Label Bleu in 2000, received widespread critical acclaim.

    In 1992, David joined up with Diederik Wissels and together they have performed regularly as a duet or quartet formation, achieving growing notoriety with both press and public. Their complicity and respective talent and personnalities have guaranteed them a place at the forefront of the European jazz scene.

    In 1996 they released "Up Close" on Label Bleu and were nominated for a Django d'Or in 1996, '97 and '98, and for the Victoires de la Musique in 1998. "Bandarkâh", released in 1998, earned the Jazzman Choc des Chocs award.

    In 2000, David wrote the lyrics for Maurane's English repertoire and recorded as a duet with her on the Sol En Si album.

    He later signed with Polydor/Universal, and wrote "L'instant d'après", a brilliant collection of French songs, praised by the public and press (CHOC award from Monde de la Musique, "a masterpiece… " Le Nouvel Observateur….)

    "Heartland" was released at the end of 2001 by Universal (it was awarded a Jazzman CHOC rating). The album, a skillful blend of classical music and jazz, is the fruit of a long collaboration between David Linx and Diederik Wissels. It also features the trumpet-player Paolo Fresu, along with the legendary ECM percussionist, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen and a string quartet.

    The Quartet Linx - Wissels album "This Time" has received a "CHOC DES CHOCS" in the French magazine JAZZMAN.
    Victoire du Jazz (F) in 2011.
    SABAM Jazz Award (B) in 2013.

    Other outstanding collaborations :

  • with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (see Discography thumbnail)
  • with Maria Joao
  • with Rhoda Scott, André Ceccarelli
  • a tribute to Claude Nougaro
  • Thierry Lang's "Colors of time", arranged by Michel Herr for 5 jazzmen, choir and strings
  • etc...

    “Victoires du Jazz 2019” (F) : vocalist of the year.

    (See top of page for main discography)

    as a leader or co-leader :

    " L'instant d'après " 2001 (Polydor)
    " Hungry Voices " 1988(BMR / Polygram - 837050-2)
    " Where Rivers Join "1990(September / HKM-CD 5109)
    " Moon to Your Sun "1991(Crépuscule / TWI 940-2)
    " Kamook " (avec D.Wissels) 1992(B.Sharp / CDS 083)
    " If One More Day " (avec D.Wissels)1993 (Crépuscule / TWI 970-2)
    " Encores " - A compilation1995 (HKM / CNR 2001835 - Arcade)
    " Up Close "1996 (Label Bleu / LBLC 9743)
    " Standards " 1996 (BMR / Night and Day)
    as a guest:

    Victor LAZLO
    (Carbon 7)
    Jean Pierre CATOUL
    Khalil CHAHINE
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