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Friday May 5, 2017
Jazzaroundmag : table of contents (Spring 2017)
See the French version of this page for the table of contents of the latest issue of that webzine (in French).
Click on the title to visit it.

Saturday April 29, 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 25, 2017
Garrett List & Orchestra Vivo ! release a video with an ode to peace
Garrett List and the 30 musicians of Orchestra ViVo ! come together for peace with a new video for the 2017 International Jazz Day.
The video is based on a song by Garrett List with words by Judith Malina’s magnificent poem "Thoughts on the Oxymoron Military Intelligence". It was recorded at the Théâtre de Namur, last January, with 30 senior year students of the Institut de la Providence in Champion (Namur, Belgium). They were joined by the residents of the local Red Cross Center.
A true ode to peace, this text highlights the escalation of violence that is provoked by the use of weapons and exposes the absurdity of living in fear of our brothers. The students had no prior training in performing arts; they then experienced learning and acting the song. But the real benifit was to understanding the tensions of today’s world and what art can contribute and transform in these circumstances.
Click on the title to watch the video on Youtube.

Tuesday April 25, 2017
The Wordsmith, with vocalist David Linx and bassist Michel Hatzigeorgiou, has recorded an album
The Wordsmith, a new duo consisting of vocalist David Linx and bassist Michel Hatzigeorgiou, has recorded an album.

Monday April 24, 2017
The "Brel" album of David Linx & Brussels Jazz Orchestra nominated for the Dutch Edison Award
The "Brel" album of David Linx & Brussels Jazz Orchestra nominated for the Dutch Edison Award 2017 in the 'Vocal' category. Award ceremony on June 30, 2017.

Monday April 24, 2017
Octaves de la Musique 2017 : guitarist Lorenzo Di Maio, vocalist David Linx
The "Octaves de la Musique" 2017 have been awarded. In the jazz category, guitarist Lorenzo di Maio receive the award for his album "Black rainbow".
The other nominees were Antoine Pierre's Urbex, Nathalie Loriers/Postma/Thys, Jean-Paul Estiévenart and Taxiways.
Vocalist David Linx receives an "Octave d'honneur".

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.

    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.
    Antoine Pierre won the composition prize (supported by Sabam for Culture) for his work "Vertigo of the fish". Other prizes : best bassist : Dario Piccioni (Vittorio Solimene Trio), Albert Michiels Prize : Daahoud Salim Quintet.

    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.

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