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Wednesday November 8, 2006
Pianist Alexi Tuomarila invited by Tomasz Stanko
Pianist Alexi Tuomarila is to play a series of concerts in Warsaw (Poland), upon the invitation of ECM artist Tomasz Stanko (trumpet), on November 10 & 11 and again in January 2007.
The band will also include Anders Jormin-b, Jon Fält-drs.
Alexi is releasing these days a new album, his first in trio, soon to be featured on this site.

Monday November 6, 2006
Trumpet player Nico Schepers to tour with Maria Schneider
Trumpet player Nico Schepers will perform in the orchestra of Maria Schneider. He will sub Maria's trumpet player Ingrid Jensen when the MSO performs in GH Luxemburg on December 9th.

Monday November 6, 2006
Brussels Jazz Orchestra : new CD of Bert Joris music for symphony and big band
Imminent release of a new album of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, titled « Dangerous Liaison », which contains four great compositions by Bert Joris for symphonic orchestra and big band. These are a.o. recordings of the concert of May 28, 2006 of BJO and the Royal Flemish Philharmony conducted by Daniele Callegari. This unique music, collaboration and concert are being released by Talent Records - DOM 2910 900SP. Harmonia Mundi is responsible for the international distribution.

Wednesday November 1, 2006
Bassist Christophe Devisscher on an upcoming cd of singer Tony Christie (UK)
Belgian bassist Christophe Devisscher has participated in the recording of a new album by UK singer Tony Christie. On 'Simply in Love', recorded in August 2006 at the AIR Studios in London, the pop singer alternates between pop songs and jazz standards, and mostly uses jazz musicians such as Martin Taylor (guitar), Dave Andrews (drums), Duncan Mackay (trumpet) and Belgium based Paul Flush (piano).
The album is to be released on Nov. 6, 2006.
Tony Christie will be touring in the UK with this band from November 7 till 21 (with Guy Barker on trumpet).

Friday October 27, 2006
The Jazz in Belgium website : 10 years !
On October 27, 1996, the Jazz in Belgium website went online. Ten years later, a lot of work has been done, and the site has become an essential tool which received national and international recognition.
Let's just mention a few names, those of people who devoted their time and otherwise helped this ambitious project, which contributed in a significant way to the coverage of the rich Belgian jazz scene :
First of all: our inventive and tireless webmaster, Ilan Oz, backed by Michel Herr, a musician himself.
Next, the Lundis d'Hortense, the association of Belgian jazz musicians, which promptly decided to support and to adopt the project on the long run. And a.o. Katy Saudmont and Laurent Poncin, at the office.
Renaud Janson, who took care of web hosting and technical support for many years, now followed by Logilune (France).
Victor Zamouline-Prescott, ex Jazz-Valley (F), who developed the new version of the site, a powerful database tool.
Then the people who take care of the concert calendar: Marta Estiévenart and Anne-Marie Prins. And the photographers and the graphic artists as well.
But above all, a big thank you to you all, our visitors, for your support.

Friday October 27, 2006
Jean Warland's 80th birthday celebrated at the Jazz Station
On October 26, a concert of the duo Fabrice Alleman/Jean Warland was the pretext of a warm celebration of bassist Jean Warland's 80th birthday (Oct. 23, 2006). After a set in duo, the two musicians were joined on stage by many colleagues, who have in the past participated in Jean's bands : Richard Rousselet, Ben Sluijs, Michel Herr, Phil Abraham, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Laurent Mercier, Michel Paré, etc...Among the members of the jazz community present in the audience : Bart Defoort, Roger Vanhaverbeke, Bo Van der Werf, Paolo Radoni, Mary Kay, Gino Lattuca, Bart de Nolf, Jean-Marie Hacquier, Michel Mainil, Jan de Haas, etc...
A nice and well-deserved tribute to a fine musician.
On the photo : Jean with Richard Rousselet and Phil Abraham.

Wednesday October 25, 2006
"Toots Thielemans" : a biography written by Marc Danval
Jazz critic Marc Danval publishes at "Editions Racine" a biography of Toots Thielemans (in French).
Click on the title for more infos on the publisher's web site.

Tuesday October 24, 2006
Jef Neve's web site revamped
Click on the title to visit it.

Monday October 23, 2006
Presence of Belgian jazzmen on "My Space"
"My Space", the popular web site which allows the creation of personal pages (with images, audio video, etc...) and encourages the development of networks of internet users sharing common interests, hosts pages of several musicians from the Belgian jazz scene. A.o. : Jef Neve, Teun Verbruggen, Daniel Romeo (check out the video of a recording session with Mike Stern...), Pascal Schumacher, Christophe Devisscher, Toine Thys and Take The Duck, Jempi, Robin Verheyen, Toots Thielemans, Eric Thielemans, Lieven Venken, Stéphane Galland, Mélanie Di Biasio, Nic Thys, Steven Delannoye, etc...
Click on the title.

Saturday October 21, 2006
Sadi : Happy Birthday & new album
This Monday (October 23), two Belgian jazz legends of the post world war, Jean Warland & Sadi, are celebrating their respective birthday.
Sadi’s birthday, 79, will be coupled with a new release (IGLOO IGL184) on November 6th of an album « Sadi’s Greatest Arrangements » (1974 – 1991 with the BRT orchestra).
On the same day Sadi will be hosted by Philippe Baron on Musiq3 (RTBF radio, 19:15).

Saturday October 21, 2006
Radio-Panik : an audio interview of Jean-Louis Rassinfosse and Manu Hermia on-line
Bassist Jean-Louis Rassinfosse and saxophonist Manu Hermia were recently the guests of a radio show on Radio-Panik (105.4 FM). You can listen to it on-line (in French). Just click on the title and enter the three letters you will see on the screen. This will start a download of a MP3 file of the show (134 Mo).
Jean-Louis and Manu talk about jazz in general and about jazz in Belgium in particular (Les Lundis d'Hortense a.o.).

Friday October 20, 2006
Fabrizio Cassol artist in residence at the UCL University (Louvain-la-Neuve)
Jazz alto saxophonist and composer (also founder of the trio Aka Moon) Fabrizio Cassol and classical organ player Bernard Foccroulle (also known as the head of the TRM Opera house in Brussels) are this year the two artists in residence at the UCL University in Louvain-la-Neuve, on the theme of inter-cultural encounters.
Click on the title (programme and an interview in French of Fabrizzio Cassol).

Thursday October 19, 2006
The Open Country Project : new CD recorded : "Brotherhood"
Recorded in Belgium in 2 days and mixed in New York, a new album of The Open Country Project will soon be available, wit a mix of blues, folk, country, jazz, rock, latin and Brazilian music.
Guitarists Frankie Rose and Roberto Di Ferdinando have teamed up with bassist Nicolas Thys (who lives in New York) and US drummer Dan Rieser, who worked a.o. with Norah Jones, Little Willies and Marcy Playground.
More infos click on the title

Monday October 16, 2006
Swingtime/Antikburo (D) reissues swing bands of Fud Candrix, Stan Brenders
The German Swingtime production company has in recent years, reissued many recordings of swing bands, mostly from the WWII period, including CD of Belgian bands : 3 CDs of the Belgian Fud Candrix Orchestra and 1 of the Stan Brenders Orchestra.
Click on the title.

Sunday October 15, 2006
Exclusive podcasts from the Audi Jazz Festival, interview with Philip Catherine
In the coming weeks, the Audi Jazz Festival will make exclusive podcasts available on its website.
First hand news, interviews and music from some of the main artists performing during this year’s festival.
First podcast : interview with Philip Catherine : personal views on music, concerts and jazz music along with some special tracks.
Click on the title.

Friday October 13, 2006
Jean Warland : 80th birthday soon (Oct. 23)
The legendary double bass player and composer/arranger Jean Warland is going to celebrate this month his 80th birthday (Oct. 23).
The occasion will be marked by the Jazz Station on October 26 with a duo concert with Fabrice Alleman (see our concerts schedule). Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding musicianship of Jean Warland, who is also a most charming person !

Friday October 13, 2006
Violinist Alexandre Cavaliere to tour Luxemburg, Greece, the US with Dorado Schmitt
Violin player Alexandre Cavaliere is about to be on tour in October and November 2006 with Dorado and Samson Schmitt, famous specialists of the post Django Reinhardt style.
Click on title for a concert calendar.
Photo © Michel Binstok

Thursday October 12, 2006
Nov. 5 & 11 : big band workshops with BJO's Frank Vaganée, Ben Fleerakkers and Bart Defoort
On November 5 & 11, Muziekmozaïek, Vlamo and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra organize their annual big band workshops for amateur and semi-pro musicians with Frank Vaganée, Ben Fleerakkers and Bart Defoort as teachers. This year, students will work on arrangements in the Basie style, a.o. by Sammy Nistico.
Nov 5 : Workshops (Turnhout, Hasselt or Ghent), 14 - 18:00.
Nov. 11 : Workshops de Warande (Turnhout), 10 - 12.30, 13.30 - 15 uur. Final concert on 16:00 (free entrance)

Applications :
Vlamo, Mark Coppens, Bijlokekaai 8, 9000 Gent, T 09 265 80 04, @:
Fee : € 20

Monday October 9, 2006
Pierre Vaiana's Al Funduq : creation at la Monnaie (Oct. 21) "U funnacu", with Italian village singers
"U Funnacu" is the name of a very unusual creation by soprano saxophonist Pierre Vaiana combining his band "Al Funduq" with Italian musicians and 2 Sicilian village singers.
In several locations : Antwerp (Zuiderpool Oct. 20), La Monnaie (Brussels, Oct. 21), Liège (Chiroux, Oct. 22).
Click on the title.

Sunday October 8, 2006
Grzegorz Karnas (Poland) winner of the Brussels Intl Young Jazz Singers Competition
The Polish (male) singer Grzegorz Karnas is the winner of the 2006 edition of the Brussels International Young Jazz Singers Competition. The other 2 finalists (on Oct. 7, 2006) were Jasmine Nelson and Karlie Bruce (both from Australia).
Photo : Michel Binstok

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