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Monday December 20, 2021
Videos featuring projects of saxophonist Tom Bourgeois
On Youtube, you can watch videos featuring the projects of saxophonist Tom Bourgeois :
  • "Rumeurs/%urmures" album, to be released by Neuklang Records in April 2022 : here
  • "Solos" on the MognoMusic label : here
  • Jelle Van Giel Group "Third Story" : here

  • Friday December 17, 2021
    Trum­pet­er Bart Maris receives the Cul­tuur­prijs Stad Gent 2021
    Trumpeter Bart Maris wins the City of Ghent Culture Prize 2021, and an honorable mention went to contrabassist Lara Rosseel.

    Wednesday December 15, 2021
    "Tout le Baz'Art" tv program features saxophonist and composer Fabrizio Cassol
    For the tv program "Tout le Baz'Art", the jazz saxophonist, leader of the legendary trio Aka Moon, Fabrizio Cassol, invited Joëlle Scoriels to the banks of the Sambre where he tried out an improvised solo on his favourite instrument. On Dec. 19, 2021 on ARTE and on Dec. 22 and 30 on La Une (RTBF).
    Rehearsal at the Theater of Namur of his latest show: "I silenti", a firework of music, song and dance, for a difficult subject, the Holocaust of the Roma during the Second World War. With Tcha Limberger, violinist and multi-instrumentalist, Lisaboa Houbrechts, the Flemish director, with the virtuoso accordionist Philippe Thuriot; and Patrick Colpé, the former director of the Theatre, who initiated the project

    Sunday December 5, 2021
    JazzMania webzine : additions of November 2021
    See the French version of this page to discover the recent additions to the webzine "Jazzmania" (in French).
    Click on the title.

    Saturday December 4, 2021
    The Bravo Big Band gives a final concert at the Sounds on Dec. 4, 2021
    The Bravo Big Band adventure is coming to an end, with a final concert at the Sounds Jazz Club (Brussels) on December 4, 2021. The band, composed of young musicians, has to his credit multiple concerts and 3 albums.
    Click on the title.

    Saturday December 4, 2021
    The West Music Club celebrates its 50 years anniversary
    The West Music Club, a big band led by trumpeter Richard Rousselet, celebrates its 50th anniversary (with delay due to the Covid, in fact 52 years! ).
    Read the interview of Richard Rousselet (in French) on the site of Jazz 'Halo. Click on the title.
    Photo: Jean Schoubs

    Thursday December 2, 2021
    Final bar : Jean Demannez
    We learn the passing of Jean Demannez, occurred in the night of December 1 to 2, 2021, at the age of 72, following a long illness.
    He was mayor of the Brussels municipality of Saint-Josse, and his love of culture and jazz music (he was also a drummer) led him to be the source of several important initiatives related to jazz : the Jazz Station, the festival Saint-Jazz-ten-Noode. He also supported the Lundis d'Hortense, the Travers and other initiatives.

    Friday November 26, 2021
    "Le Jazz d'Hortense" # 115 is out and on-line
    The issue # 115 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.

    Sunday November 7, 2021
    15 Etudes for Jazz Guitar, a book by Tim Finoulst
    Auurk Ed. published a book by guitarist Tim Finoulst "15 Etudes for Jazz Guitar", with solos based on jazz standards.
    15 pdf files are also available for download.
    Click on the title.

    Friday November 5, 2021
    The Sounds jazz Club reopens on November 18, 2021
    Following a successful crowdfunding, the Sounds jazz Club in Brussels reopens on November 18, 2021, with a "Grand Opening All Stars" : Jean-Paul Estiévenart (tp), Frank Vaganée (as), Bart Defoort (ts), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gerstmans (b) & Antoine Pierre (drs).
    Click on the title to visit the website.

    Sunday October 31, 2021
    JazzMania webzine : additions of October 2021
    See the French version of this page to discover the recent additions to the webzine "Jazzmania" (in French).
    Click on the title.

    Thursday October 28, 2021
    Mâäk Quintet at the Dubai Expo
    On November 7-14, 2021, the Mâäk Quintet will perform at the Dubai Expo, as part of the Wallonia-Brussels week.

    Monday October 18, 2021
    News from Michel Herr : the Positive Tentet in Cologne (D) + recording session with "Ô Celli"
  • On October 17, 2021, the Michel Herr Positive Tentet performed at the Stadtgarten in Cologne (D) at the invitation of saxophonist Paul Heller. The musicians: Bert Joris (tp), Paul Heller (tenor sax), Peter Hertmans (gt), Nathalie Loriers (p), Sam Gerstmans (b), Daniel Jonkers (drs) and a string quartet consisting of Benoît Leseure, Pierre Heneaux (vl), Jean-François Durdu (viola) and Sigrid Vandenbogaerde (cello). Compositions and arrangements : Michel Herr.
  • On October 15, 2021, Michel supervised the recording, by the ensemble "O celli" (8 cellos), of his medley "Duke's Magic", an arrangement of a selection of pieces by Duke Ellington. To be released in 2022 on the Cyprès label.

  • Sunday October 3, 2021
    JazzMania webzine : additions of September 2021
    See the French version of this page to discover the recent additions to the webzine "Jazzmania" (in French).
    Click on the title.

    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 in November 2021. A crowdfunding has been launched.
    Click on the title.

    Wednesday September 8, 2021
    "Le Jazz d'Hortense" # 114 is out and on-line
    The issue # 114 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).
    Click on the title.
    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).

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