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Philippe Aerts
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Instrument(s) Double bass, Composer
Date of birth June 21, 1964
Place of birth Brussels
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Phone +32 (0)473 35 98 78
Phone +32 (0)85 23 63 86
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 Current bands

Philippe Aerts Quartet (Leader)      Philippe Aerts Trio (Leader)
Raphaëlle Brochet & Philippe Aerts duo (Leader)      Village Big Band (Sideman)
Philip Catherine Quartet (Sideman)      Olivier Collette quartet (Sideman)
Ivan Paduart quartet (Sideman)      Ivan Paduart Trio (Sideman)
Ivan Paduart Quartet + Richard Galliano + strings (Sideman)      Ivan Paduart Quartet + Richard Galliano (Sideman)
Igor Gehenot Trio (Sideman)      Gilles Repond Quintet (Sideman)
Frank Vaganée Trio (Sideman)      Bert Joris Quartet (2) (Sideman)
Bert Joris Quartet (Sideman)     

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Born in Brussels on June 21st , 1964, self-taught, Philippe begins his musical career at the age of 15, playing mostly with Dixieland bands.
Very soon, he starts to play more modern Jazz and works with the best musicians of the belgian Jazz scene ( Steve Houben, Charles Loos, Félix Simtaine, Michel Herr, Toots Thielemans, Jacques Pelzer, and many others).

Becoming one of the most "in demand" bassplayers, he also had the chance to play with some of the greatests artists touring in Europe: Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Larry Schneider, Steve Grossman, Tom Harrell, Lew Tabackin, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Richie Beirach, Art Lande, Mal Waldron, David Kikoski, Charlie Mariano, and many more.

Philippe has been touring all over Europe, Africa, Asia, and played in most of the major Jazz Festivals (Northsea, Vienne, Porto, Montreal, Dakar, etc.).

He formed his own trio (with John Ruocco and Tony Levin, ) and recorded the CD "Cat Walk" on the Igloo label, wich was really well received by the belgian as well as foreign press. He also worked regularly with Philip Catherine trio and quartet, with Richard Galliano trio, with Serge Lazarevitch Quintet, with Michel Herr-Bert Joris quartet, and with the Lew Tabackin Trio.

He was also teaching the bass at the Jazz department of the Lemmens Institute in Leuven(Belgium), from October 93 until December 97.

In December 1997 he moves to New York City and plays with the Toshiko Akiyoshi / Lew Tabackin Jazz Orchestra, (monday nights at NYC's Birdland), with the Lew Tabackin Trio, Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio, and is very active within the New York Jazz scene, working with, among others: David Hazeltine, Eric Alexander, John Hicks, Mike LeDonne, Nicholas Payton, Valery Ponomarev, Ralph Lalama, Mike Karn, Ray Gallon, Joel Fram, Hellen Merrill, Tom Harrell, Billy Drummond, Bill Stewart, Lewis Nash.

He has been touring with the Toshiko Akiyoshi / Lew Tabackin Jazz Orchestra in Japan, Korea, and in the US (many festivals, including Monterey Jazz Festival), and also toured in Europe, the US and Japan with the Lew Tabackin trio, and the Toshiko Akiyoshi trio.

Since living in New York,he appears on two recordings with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, one recording with Toshiko Akiyoshi trio, and also a recording with the Richie Vitale / Ralph Lalama quintet.

In March 2000, he moves to Switzerland, Europe.
Since then he has been and still is working all over Europe with, among others, the Philip Catherine trio and quartet, the Bert Joris quartet, the Michel Herr Quintet, with his own group (Bert Joris, John Ruocco, Tony Levin). And within Switzerland with Matthieu Michel, Maurice Magnoni, Malcholm Braff, Pierre-Luc Vallet, François Lindeman, etc.
He is teaching at the Lemmens Instituut, Jazz Department from 2000 to 2003.

In Decemcer 2002, he is nominated Belgian Jazz Musician of the Year and receives the "DJANGO D'OR".

Philippe Aerts moves back to Belgium in 2003.
He is a regular member of the Philip Catherine trio, Bert Joris Quartet, Richard Galliano trio and quartet, Nathalie Loriers quartet and trio , Ivan Paduart trio and quartet , and plays often with Rick Margitza, Pierre-Luc Vallet trio, Vladimir Cosma, Tineke Postma Quartet, Geri Allen, Terri Lynn Carrington, and works as a freelance with many others.

He appears on many recordings. (See selected discography)

His playing is being appreciated by many jazz greats, because of its precision, the quality of its support, based upon a deep knowledge of jazz and its roots, coupled with a great inventiveness. Constantly seeking for the perfect sound, Philippe Aerts has created a very personal sound.

Starting September 2010 Philippe will start teaching at the Maastricht conservatory

(See top of page for main discography)

Johnny Dover and the Victoria Jazz Band (VJB 002) 1982
Lilith (Claudine Simon Tentet) (B. SHARP) 1985.
Kris Defoort Quintet "Diva Smiles" (Arpèges LPG 839) 1986
Charles Loos Trio "En Public au Travers" (IGLOO 062) 1987
Serge Lazarevitch Trio "Cats Are Welcome" (IGLOO 059) 1987
Charles Loos / Ali Ryerson (EMD 89012) 1988
Pierre Vaiana "Trinacle" (JACD 4008) 1988
Jean Pierre Gebler Quintet (IGLOO 069) 1989
Serge Lazarevitch Quartet "London Baby" (IGLOO 079) 1990
Diederik Wissels Trio "Tender Is The Night"(B-SHARP 075)1990
Nathalie Loriers "Nymphéas" (IGLOO 088) 1991
Charles Loos "Vagabondages" (IGLOO 093) 1992
Lazarevitch / Aerts / Renaudin "Songs" (C.C.Productions 006) 1992
Diederik Wissels "Kamook" (B-SHARP) 1992
Ivan Paduart "Illusions Sensorielles" (IGLOO 101) 1992
Charles Loos "No Wall, No War" (B-SHARP 090) 1993
Lee Konitz / Nathalie Loriers "Cool Trance" (AMC 50039) 1993
Serge Lazarevitch Quintet "Walk With A Lion" (IGLOO 099) 1993
Jacques Pelzer "Salute To The Band Box" (IGLOO 106) 1993
Ivan Paduart / Tom Harrell "Time Gone By" (AMC) 1994
Eric Legnini / Joe Lovano "Rhythm Sphere" (IGLOO 117) 1995

In the past, was also involved in the following bands:
Steve Houben & Michel Herr present "The Real sax section"      Renaud 5
Philip Catherine Trio      Philip Catherine Trio
Philip Catherine Quartet      Phil Abraham Quartet
Now then and again      Nathalie Loriers Trio
Nathalie Loriers New trio      Nathalie Loriers 3 + Bert Joris + string quartet
Mimi Verderame Quartet      Michel Herr Trio
Loriers / Postma / Aerts      An American songbook feat. S. Houben, Julie Mossay, N. Loriers, ORCW

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