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Thursday April 30, 2020
Jazz tv and radio archives on the RTBF web site "Auvio"
On the RTBF web site "Auvio", you can watch and hear numerous Jazz tv and radio archives, featuring artists from Belgium and abroad, from different periods.
P.S. : they have many, many more, if not lost....
Click on the title.

Monday April 27, 2020
April 30 : International Jazz Day : on-line, "at home"on the balconies and on the radio
The 2020 edition of the International Jazz Day (April 30) will be ... digital. The association "Les Lundis d'Hortense", instead of promoting live concerts as usual, will gather all the digital initiatives proposed par the musicians on the social platforms. The hashtags will be #jazzdaybelgium et #jazzdayathome.
Moreover, at 20:00, musicians will be playing from their balcony, window, rooftop....An opportunity to give jazz the visibility, as a music which promotes values of tolerance, sharing and hope, which are much needed theses days. It also is a tribute to the health workers who are on the frontline.

Belgian radio RTB Musiq3 will broadcast special jazz programs all day long. Click on the title for details.

Friday April 24, 2020
The "Octaves de la Musique" evening canceled in 2020, but winners will be announced
The "Octaves de la Musique" evening will be canceled in 2020. The 2020 nominees will be announced in May 2020 and the winners on June 8, 2020. In 2021, a ceremony will feature the winners of 2020 and 2021.

Friday April 17, 2020
Trumpeter Bert Joris and drummer Dré Pallemaerts on an album by vocalist/pianist Macha Gharibian : Joy Ascension
Trumpeter Bert Joris and drummer Dré Pallemaerts appear on an album by vocalist/pianist Macha Gharibian titled "Joy Ascension" (Rue bleue), recorded in France with Chris Jennings on bass.

Tuesday April 14, 2020
April 15 : virtual concert with Brussels Jazz Orchestra during the "Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala" : NOW IN VIDEO PODCAST
On April 15, 2020 (7:30 ET, 1:30 in the night Belgian time), the Brussels Jazz Orchestra will participate in the on-line event "Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala : Worldwide concert for our culture". With the participation if ay artists : Featuring : Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with special performances (1 piece per artist) by:
Baqir Abbas | Brussels Jazz Orchestra | Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner | Chano Dominguez | Chucho Valdés | Dianne Reeves | Hamilton de Holanda | Igor Butman | Makoto Ozone | Nduduzo Makhathini | Richard Galliano | Stefano DiBattista | WDR Big Band
More details and links to the live stream : click on the title.
UPDATE : click on the title to watch the video. BJO plays "One for the Honest", featuring Bert Joris, flugelhorn, composer/arranger (around 1.01.55).

Tuesday April 14, 2020
New : Django Foundation
David REINHARDT (Django's Grandson), Boris KURTS and Pascal NOEL (B), founders and board members, have created the DJANGO Foundation.
Contact :
rue Omer Mottint, 38
B-5170 Profondeville
Phone : +32 496 257442
Website : click on the title.

Thursday April 9, 2020
Despite the lockdown, Brussels Jazz Orchestra posts a video of the musicians playing together from home
Despite the lockdown, Brussels Jazz Orchestra posts a video on Youtube with the musicians playing together from their living room. They play "You'll never walk alone".
Click on the title.

Wednesday April 1, 2020
Participate in the survey about the "Jazz in Belgium" website. IMPORTANT !
Since 1996, our website is updated daily to promote the Belgian jazz scene (concerts calendar, musicians, bands, venues, festivals, records, news, music schools...). We have the project to renew it to adapt it to the current graphical and technological standards as well as the new stakes of the jazz scene. To redefine our objectives, we need to better know how you use the website.
Whether you are a jazz lover, a musician, a concert or event organiser, a label, an agent, a journalist... and you used/knew or not the website, your opinion matters to us. is a tool that we provide to the jazz scene and we want it to meet everyone's needs as best as possible. This anonymous survey won't take you more than 5 minutes. Thanks for your participation !
Go to the English page : ENGLISH PAGE

Tuesday March 31, 2020
An exclusive interview of vocalist David Linx
You can read an exclusive interview (in French) of vocalist David Linx on this site. Click on the title.
David Linx just released the album "Skin in the game", a project that he will present on April 30, 2020 at the Jazz Station in Brussels, on the occasion of the International Jazz Day. With the Jean-Paul Estiévenart quintet, this double concert will be broadcasted live on RTBF Radio Musiq'3 from 20:00. A co-production of Jazz Station and Lundis d'Hortense.

Monday March 30, 2020
Final bar : pianist Alain Lesire
We heard (source : Philippe Baron) that pianist Alain Lesire passed away. He specialized in old style jazz, in particular ragtime, blues and dixieland. He played a.o. with Johnny Dover and the Victoria Jazz Band. He recorded the albums "Belgian Ragtime" and "Piano Ragtime".
For more biographical info, click on the title.

Wednesday March 18, 2020
A Brussels Jazz Orchestra video (WOW program) on Penguin tv
On the Penguin tv website, you can watch a video of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra in the WOW program (We orchestrate words), with DJs and hip hop artists..

Friday March 13, 2020
Coronavirus : all concerts and public events cancelled/postponed
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the instructions from the Belgian governments, all concerts and cultural events will be cancelled or postponed. Until April 5th or beyond...

Monday March 9, 2020
Jazz & Mo' #11 is out
In Dutch. Cover : vocalist David Linx.
See the Dutch version of this page for a table of contents.

Friday March 6, 2020
Bassist Reggie Washington on an album of keyboarder Jason Miles : "Black Magic"
Bassist Reggie Washington appears on an album of keyboarder Jason Miles titled "Black Magic" (Ropeadope Records), recorded with Philip Dizack (tp), Jay Rodriguez (sax, bass clar) and Gene Lake (drums).

Wednesday March 4, 2020
Saxophonist Frank Vaganée invited as a guest soloist in Russia
Saxophonist Frank Vaganée is invited as a guest soloist with the Russian jazzband Feelin's on March 4 2020 at Lipetsk and March 5 at Ryazan in Russia. The next day, Frank will give a master class in Moscow at the ’Saxophone Salon Bird’. More info.
On March 7, Frank is the invited soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.

Tuesday March 3, 2020
A jazz calendar of Flanders and Brussels on the MuziekMozaïek website
Click on the title.

Monday March 2, 2020
Guitarist Tim Finoulst, trumpeter Carlo Nardozza and bassist Christophe Devisscher have recorded an album
Guitarist Tim Finoulst, trumpeter Carlo Nardozza and bassist Christophe Devisscher have recorded an album ("Trilogy") in studio Crescendo (Genk, B). A fresh look on the music of Charlier Parker.

Monday March 2, 2020
Trumpeter Michel Paré has recorded a trio album
Trumpeter Michel Paré has recorded a trio album at Studio Pyramide with guitars Paolo Loveri and bassist Boris Schmidt.

Friday February 21, 2020
Crowdfunding for the upcoming album of saxophonist Pierre Vaiana
Click on the title to support the project, "Amuri & spiranza" (Home Records). With Pierre Vaiana, sax soprano & compositions, Artan Buleshkaj, guitar, Lode Vercampt, cello, Boris Schmidt, double bass andLionel Beuvens, drums.
Artistic direction : François Vaiana.

Monday February 17, 2020
Young Jazz Collective : masterclass by Vincent Gardner (trombonist of the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra)
On February 20, 2020, the Young Jazz Collective (an initiative of Muzekmozaïek, B) will attend a masterclass given by Vincent Gardner (trombonist of the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra). The day before, @LCO and Wynton Marsalis will give a double concert (sold out !) with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BJO). More details in a previous newsflash.

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