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Monday September 20, 2021
Call for papers for the symposium dedicated to Toots Thielemans (9-11 May 2022)
The Royal Library of Belgium, as part of the events (exhibition, concerts) set up in 2022 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Toots Thielemans, is organizing a symposium dedicated to him, from May 9 to 11, 2022.
A call for 30-minute lectures is being issued. The closing date is November 15, 2021.
Full details in a PDF.
Submissions to : tootsthielemans.kbr2022@gmail.com

Wednesday September 15, 2021
A jazz webradio on the RTBF website
We already knew the jazz page of the RTBF culture site, which since 2020 gathers interviews, concerts, tributes, biographies, a concert agenda, albums to listen to and many articles on Belgian and international jazz. This platform totals nearly 400 articles to date. It is a showcase for RTBF's jazz content, old and new, and also a showcase for our Belgian artists in the jazz world. : see HERE
Since August 30, 2021, a thematic webradio has been added to this jazz platform. It offers a musical programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is structured around different programming streams depending on the time of day and covers 100 years of jazz, from 1920 to today. Belgian jazz has an important place in the station, allowing it to have its own identity compared to other jazz radios available on the web.
Click on the title to access it.

Tuesday September 14, 2021
Crowdfunding to relaunch the "Sounds Jazz Club" in Brussels
A new team (Joachim Caffonnette a.o.) intends to reopen the historical Sounds Jazz Club in Brussels.
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Wednesday September 8, 2021
"Le Jazz d'Hortense" # 114 is out and on-line
The issue # 113 of the magazine of the "Lundis d'Hortense" (the association of Belgian jazz musicians) is out and on-line on this site (in French). See the French version of this page for a table of contents and click on the title to read it.

Tuesday September 7, 2021
Final bar : drummer Frédéric Jacquemin
Drummer Frédéric Jacquemin passed away in the night of September 6-7, 2021 at the age of 56.
Before moving to France, he was part of the jazz scene in Belgium, playing a.o. with the bands of Richard Rousselet, Robert Jeanne, etc... He was the regular drummer of projects of bassist Jean Warland (Sax no end, Sax Port, A Train Sextet) and of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman (Quartet, One Shot Band, Udiverse). He played with some of the most prominent Belgian jazzmen, such as Jacques Pelzer, Jeanfrançois Prins, Michel Herr, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, Guy Cabay, Eric Legnini, Nathalie Loriers, Steve Houben, etc...as well as Lee Konitz, Toots Thielemans, Judy Niemack etc...
He was a versatile drummer, at ease as well in jazz as in other styles. He settled in France where he was active in the recording studios, on tv and on stage with singers such as Michel Fugain, Bernard Lavilliers, etc...
He also participated in a cover band that recreates the music of Steely Dan.

Tuesday September 7, 2021
April 29, 2022 : a special concert to celebrate the 100th birthday of Toots Theilemans
On April 29, 2022, a special concert will take place at Bozar (Brussels) to celebrate the 100th birthday of Toots Thielemans. With the participation of the Metropole Orchestra (Vince Mensozaz), Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Kenny Werner (p, composition), Grégoire Maret (harmonica) and Philip Catherine (gt).
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Other events will take place, such as the exhibition "Toots 100. The sound of a legend" at the Biblothèque Royale (Brussels), April 22 - August 31, 2022 and a symposium, May 9-11, 2022).

Tuesday September 7, 2021
Brussels Jazz Orchestra : season 21-22
This fall, the BJO is back on the road. On the program: Dee Dee Bridgewater, a jazz/soul/rap/hiphop cocktail by Two Places and (re)discover the productions We Have A Dream and In The Pines. In early 2022, it will be the exotic Night 352, and a vibrant tribute to Toots Thielemans, and more...

Monday September 6, 2021
Saxophonist Tom Bourgeois has recorded a solo album
Saxophonist Tim Bourgeois announces the release of his first solo album (saxophone and bass clarinet).
Recorded/Mixed "at home" between April and June 2020, it will be released on the MognoMusic label.
Tom has also put together some of his film music in a video directed by Patricia Delso-Lucas.

Tuesday August 31, 2021
JazzMania webzine : additions of July/August 2021
See the French version of this page to discover the recent additions to the webzine "Jazzmania" (in French).

Friday August 20, 2021
"The Time of Our Singing", the new opera by Kris Defoort, will be created at La Monnaie (Brussels) in September 2021
The premiere of Kris Defoort's new opera, "The Time of Our Singing", will take place on September 14, 2021 at La Monnaie (Brussels). Black Lives Matter, police violence, elections... are themes that have not left the front of the news during the past year. Recent American history finds a singular echo in The Time of Our Singing, inspired by the novel of the same name by Richard Powers. The work tells the story of a mixed family whose music both unites and divides them, against the backdrop of segregation in post-war America. In collaboration with librettist Peter van Kraaij, conductor Kwamé Ryan, and director Ted Huffman, Kris Defoort opens up an imaginary space where history meets history, where people come together and weave a narrative, where jazz and classical music enrich each other.
With the Orchestre de chambre de la Monnaie and several jazzmen (Mark Turner, Lander Gyselinck, Nicolas Thys, Hendrik Lasure).
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Tuesday August 17, 2021
Guitarist Jean Berry turns 100 !
Jean Berry (born Aug. 7, 1921) Belgian jazz guitarist, celebrated his 100th anniversary !
He tarted playing professionally in 1943a nd worked with many greats of Belgian jazz and French Singers line Edith Piaf, Jean Sablon, Charles Trenet and Gilbert Becaud.
Jean worked also with the biggest names in Belgian jazz like Stan Brenders (1946), Ernst van 't Hoff (1948) Jean Omer (1947), Jack Kluger (1948), Gus Deloof, Sadi, Jack Sels, Raoul Faisant and most notably with Toots Thielemans in 1947 where he was a part of a session witch produced a 4 track demo that was recorded to send to Bennie Goodman as an application witch led to Toots becoming a member of the Bennie Goodman all stars 3 years later.
Jean Berry was long active as a rhythm guitarist and made a couple of recordings with Yetty Lee, The Peeters Sisters and played on a soundtrack with one of Belgian's greatest saxophone players Jack Sels in a movie from 1954 called "Meeuwen sterven in de haven" (1955).

Saturday August 7, 2021
Trumpeter Carlo Nardozza with French bassist Henri Texier
Trumpeter Carlo Nardozza joins French bassist Henri Texier's group (Henri Texier Chance Quintet) for a series of concerts in France.

Friday August 6, 2021
Guitarist Philip Catherine participates in the Santander Jazz Festival's "Guitar conference" with top colleagues
The guitarist Philip Catherine participates on August 6, 2021 in the concert "Guitar conference" of the Santander Jazz Festival (Sp). The other invited guitarists are : Peter Bernstein, Jesse Van Ruller, Martin Taylor, Mark Whitfield. They will be accompanied by Phil Wilkinson (Hammond organ) and Mourad Benhammou (drs).

Tuesday July 27, 2021
The Wajdi Riahi trio wins the Young talent contest in Dinant Jazz week ends
The Wajdi Riahi trio won the Young talent contest in Dinant Jazz week ends 2021. The trio is composed of Wajdi Riahi (p) Basile Rahola (b) and Perre Hurty (drs).
Saxophonist Yo Hes won the soloist Prize.

Friday July 16, 2021
Toots Thielemans Jazz Award 2020 & 2021 : Pierre Hurty, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Jasen Weaver
Toots Thielemans Jazz Award 2020 (for students of the Brussels Conservatory) : Pierre Hurty (drs), Andreas Polyzogopoulos (tp, Greece).
For 2021, the award goes to Jasen Weaver (b, USA, on the photo).

Monday July 12, 2021
Trombonist Nabou Claerhout receives the Ghent Young Jazz Talent 2021
Nabou Claerhout has been elected Jong Jazztalent Gent 2021 at Gent Jazz. The 27 year old trombonist receives 10.000 euros (financed by Duvel) to realize her dream project, which will be an ensemble of 6 trombones and rhythm section.

Sunday July 4, 2021
JazzMania webzine : additions of June 2021
See the French version of this page to discover the recent additions to the webzine "Jazzmania" (in French).

Saturday July 3, 2021
Drummer Antoine Pierre recorded a solo EP, with "self sampling"
Drummer Antoine Pierre has recorded a solo EP, consisting of drums with "self sampling", at Jet Studio in Brussels. To be released in the fall 2021.

Monday June 21, 2021
Support actions for musicians : FWB, Forem
Two resources to investigate for musicians:
  • Wallonia/Brussels Federation: call for projects: A Future for Culture: Territoires de création
  • Forem.be: financial aid: incitants aux artistes

  • Tuesday June 15, 2021
    Final bar : saxophonist Alex Scorier
    Saxophonist Alex Scorier passed away on June 12, 2021. He was almost 90. Alex Scorier played in multiple bands, such as Placebo, the BRT Tv Big Band, Francis Bay, Werner Muller (D), Fud Candrix, Jazz Friends and his own Brussels Little Big Band. He also played with American musicians, such as Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Clark Terry, Don Byas, as well as Sadi, Marc Moulin, Philip Catherine etc...
    Click on the title for more biographical info.
    His funeral will take place this Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the crematorium of Uccle at 09:30 (attendance limited).
    Musicians Eve Beuvens, Sébastien Jadot, Dimitri Delvaux and Maarten Weyler will pay tribute during the farewell ceremony to Alex.
    Photo : Jimmy Van der Plas

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