There are in Belgium a number of (non-profit) associations which deal with jazz. We'll just list here some of the main ones which are active in the whole country, but in no way should the dynamic work of some local organizers be underestimated (see Live Jazz : Programme and Venues). So this is not an exhaustive list.
|The associations of musicians|
Les Lundis d'Hortense :
The Belgian association of jazz musicians. It covers all styles and gathers musicians from the whole country around numerous activities (concerts, education, promotion, and ... this site).
WIM vzw (Werkgroep Improviserende muzikanten) :
The Antwerp-based association of improvising musicians, an initiative started by pianist Fred VAN HOVE. They organize a festival each summer in Antwerp, and they produce albums on their Wimpro label.
|Jazz archives & documentation centers|
La Maison du Jazz (Liège) :
Archives on Belgian jazz (all styles) : books, magazines, records, etc... Other activities : jazz lectures (in French), exhibitions, concerts and festivals in the Liège area and a web site (click on title).
La Maison du Jazz en Hainaut (Mons) :
Archives on Belgian & international jaz: books, magazines, records, etc... Other activities : jazz lectures (in French), a contest for amateur bands, a web site (click on title) etc...
Jazz Station (Brussels) :
Opened end Sept. 2005 in Brussels (Saint-Josse). Archives on Belgian jazz (all styles) : books, magazines, records, etc... Other activities : exhibitions, jazz lectures (in French), concerts, a web site (click on title), etc...
Jazz Centrum Vlaanderen vzw (Dendermonde) :
Promotion of jazz via archives (mostly on traditional jazz), exhibitions, data bases, digitalisation of archives from clubs, musicians, recordings, photographs; jazz lectures. Their web site (click on title) offers a.o. some catalogues of their archives in pdf format : records, publications...
Jazzlab Series :
Major tour manager in Flanders. Organizes concert series for current Flemish and Belgian jazz bands, in cultural centers and similar venues for new talents and projects, as well as for established artists. The Series began in 1992 at "De Werf" (Bruges) and currently works with more than 10 venues in Flanders, Brussels and the Netherlands. They cover traditional to modern and experimental jazz, from swing and bebop to free jazz and fusion. JazzLab Series is supported by the Flemish Community, Music Department. They have a web site (click on title).
Muziekmozaïek vzw :
Organizes educational activities in the Folk and jazz sector (workshops, classes, etc...), the Jazz Hoeilaart contest, etc... and publishes the Jazzmozaïek magazine (in Dutch). They have a web site (click on title).
Wallonie Bruxelles Musiques :
Does the promotion of music from the French speaking part of Belgium on the international scene, a.o. jazz. They have a web site (click on title).
Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen :
Does the promotion of music from the Dutch speaking part of Belgium on the international scene, a.o. jazz. They have a web site (click on title).
La Médiathèque (de la Communauté française de Belgique)
Rents its huge collections of music CDs, DVDs. A good source of discographic informations thanks a.o. to a : search tool available on its web site (click on title).
Sweet and Hot
Study and promotion of jazz music. A record collectors club in Brussels, founded in 1959. On Fridays (20:15-22:30), lectures and commented listening of records. See the PROGRAMME.
In the Jazz station (annex), rue Wauvermans 14, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (Brussels).
Contact : +32 (0)2 479 25 10
Antwerpse Jazz Club
Lectures and debates (in Dutch) every Tuesday night (20:30) and the 4th Sunday of the month (15:00).
In the Café "Den Bengel", Grote Markt, 5, 3000 - Antwerpen.
Contact : +32 (0)3 238 84 79. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org. A web site (click on title).
Inside Jazz de organisatie die Jazz in je huiskamer brengt
Inside Jazz operating since 2008 in Ertvelde (Evergem) to bring jazzhouseholds. an initiative of Jens Tytgat and Sven De Scheemaeker it organizes series of concerts.