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Monday December 28, 2020
WE Big Band video on Youtube
The We Big Band welcomes guest leader Dieter Limbourg and special guest Kristen Cornwell for a concert that supports two good causes. Let's close 2020 on a warm note and help kids in vulnerable situations by supporting the CKG and the OOOC Kompas. With your help, these organisations can offer children (and parents) the support they need, especially during these hard times.
How? Simple! Make a contribution of your choice to BE82 0004 6114 4868 with the mention 'WE Big Band Stream', pour yourself a glass of wine and flop down in your sofa. Enjoy the concert from your own living room and start 2021 with good music while supporting two good causes.

Saturday December 26, 2020
Drummer Stéphane Galland on a new album of keyboard player Frank Woeste : "Pocket Rhapsody"
Drummer Stéphane Galland appears on a new album of keyboard player Frank Woeste : "Pocket Rhapsody" (ACT 9917), recorded with Frank Woeste (p,elp,synt), Eric Vloeimans (tp), Robinson Khoury (tb), Julien Herne (bg).

Monday December 21, 2020
Brussels Jazz Orchestra's Musing on Music, music by Frank Vaganée, drawings by Tim Acke
The Brussels Jazz Orchestra closes 2020 with "Musing on Music", a music video based on Tim Acke's drawings, with music by Frank Vaganée. The BJO has just finished this animated greeting card in which each musician of the orchestra makes a stealthy appearance.
Click on the title to watch the video.

Saturday December 19, 2020
"Danse éternelle" : the history of big bands in Belgium
On the website of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Matthias Heyman proposes under the title "Danse éternelle" a long piece on the history of big bands in Belgium, from 1920 until today. With audio and video documents. In 3 languages. Click on the title.

Saturday December 19, 2020
Final bar : guitarist Jean Blaton
Guitarist Jean Blaton (aka Jean Beurlys) has passed away on December 17, 2020..
His swinging guitar playing was featured on the album "Belgian Big Band" (1972) arranged by Sadi.

Tuesday December 15, 2020
Sabam Jazz Award : composer/arranger Michel Herr
Composer/arranger Michel Herr received the Sabam for Culture "Jazz" Award for his latest album "Positive / Music for sextet and string quartet" (Igloo Records).

Monday December 14, 2020
Saxophonist Stéphane Mercier annonces the rebirth of the band B. Connection
Saxophonist Stéphane Mercier annonces the rebirth of the band B. Connection (jazz/funk/hip-hop). The musicians, from Paris, Brussels, New Spork, Mauritius plan to record a new album and a tour in 2022, to mark the 30 years of the band.

Monday December 14, 2020
Bassist Reggie Washington on a new album of saxophonist Jacques Schwartz-Bart : "Sone-Ka-La (Odyssey)"
Bassist Reggie Washington appears on a new album of saxophonist Jacques Schwartz-Bart : "Sone-Ka-La (Odyssey)" (Yellowbird), with Malika Tirolien (vo), Gregory Privat (p), Reggie Washington (b), Arnaud Dolmen (dr) and Sonny Troupe (perc).

Sunday December 13, 2020
"Bring it to the people", the documentary over Brussels Jazz Orchestra among the finalists of the "Ensor" Prize
"Bring it to the people", the documentary (directed by Guy Fellemans) over Brussels Jazz Orchestra is among the finalists of the "Ensor" Prize in the documentary categoy. The winner will be announced on January 23, 2021.

Sunday December 13, 2020
Drummer Ilya Dynov release an album with his American trio "MicroCorgi : Microcosmos"
Belgian drummer Ilya Dynov (from Bruges, B), who lives in New York, released an album with his American trio "MicroCorgi : Microcosmos", recorded with Andew McGowan (piano) and Yuto Kanazawa (gt).

Friday December 11, 2020
Final bar : guitarist François Monseur
We heard that guitarist François Monseur passed away on December 10, 2020, in Liège (VB) at the age of 74, from Covid 19.
He was at the crossroads of blues, jazz and rock.

Thursday December 10, 2020
On Vimeo, a documentary on the late trumpet player Milou Struvay by Jean-Pol Schroeder
On Vimeo, you can watch a documentary on the late trumpet player Milou Struvay (1936-2005) made by Jean-Pol Schroeder, with interviews en archives.
Click on the title.

Friday December 4, 2020
Elvin (kb) & Stéphane Galland (drs) on Youtube : "The underlying truth"
Father Spéphane Galland (drs) and son Elvin Galland (keyboards) have a video on Youtube. They play "The underlying truth".
Click on the title.

Friday December 4, 2020
Promo Igloo Records : 21% off, paid to the artists
Until the end of December 2020, the Igloo record label offers a discount of 21% off, directly paid to the artists. Discount code : IGLOO21.
Click on the title.

Tuesday December 1, 2020
Sabam for Culture Jazz Award : nominees are known
The nominees for the Sabam for Culture Jazz Award are known :
  • Eric Legnini, for the album « Six strings under » (Anteprima Productions)
  • Jean-Paul Estiévenart, for « Strange Bird » (Outhere Music)
  • Michel Herr, for « Positive » (Igloo)
  • Eve Beuvens, for « Looking forward » (Igloo)
    The winner will be announced on Dec. 10, 2020.

  • Monday November 30, 2020
    Brussels Jazz Orchestra forms an international virtual big band with 47 musicians to play "Stay with us"
    ‘Stay with us’ (2020) is a digital participation project of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. BJO asked musicians from all over de world to join Frank Vaganée (alto sax), Marc Godfroid (trombone), Serge Plume (trumpet) and Toni Vitacolonna (drums), members of the BJO, in an international virtual orchestra. 43 musicians accepted the challenge and played Vaganée’s composition ‘Stay with us’ from their homes. ‘Stay with us’ was written by Frank Vaganée.
    Click in the title to watch the video.

    Tuesday November 24, 2020
    Jazzaroundmag, week # 48
    See the French version of this page for a table of comtents of this webzine (n French).
    Click on the title to visit it.

    Tuesday November 24, 2020
    On the RTBF Auvio website, videos E-Live concerts
    On the RTBF Auvio website, you can watch videos of the E-Live concerts, short concerts recorded at te Jazz Station with Belgian artists.
    Click on the title.

    Monday November 23, 2020
    Interruption of the site on Monday, Nov. 23, from 18:00
    On Monday, Nov. 23 from 18:00, this site will be temporarily unavailable for technical reasons (migration to another host).
    After that, there might be some temporary problems that our specialists will work on in the following days.
    Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Sunday November 22, 2020
    The new album of trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf (40 melodies) features guitarist François Delporte
    The new album of trumpeter IbrahimMaalouf (40 melodies) features guitarist François Delporte in an intimate duo context but also augmented with guests : Sting, Matthieu Chedid, Marcus Miller, Alfredo Rodriguez, Richard Bona, Trilok Gurtu, Hüsnü Senlendrici, Jon Batiste, Arturo Sandoval, etc...

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