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Wednesday August 2, 2017
Aka Moon records a new trio album + 25 year cd box in preparation
Aka Moon is currently recording a new trio album, to be released in November 2017?
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the band, a big cd box will be released, containing all their recordings !

Thursday July 27, 2017
"Le Jazz d'Hortense" # 99 is out and on-line
The issue # 99 of the magazine of the "Lundis d'Hortense" (the association of Belgian jazz musicians) is out and on-line on this site (in French).
For a table of contents, see the French version of this page.
Click on the title to download it.

Saturday July 15, 2017
"Udiverse", a 30 musicians project of saxophonist Fabrice Alleman, album due in October
Saxophonist Fabrice Alleman has completed the recording of his "Udiverse" project. Around an international nucleus of jazz and world musicians, a full chamber orchestra was involved (strings, winds, harp). They present compositions by Fabrice, Michel Herr and Lalo Zanelli (Arg.) With one exception (a piece by Lalo Zanelli), all arrangements have been written by Michel Herr.
The album, titled "Udiverse, Fabrice Alleman & Chamber Orchestra" will be released in October 2017 by Cyprès records (B).
The musicians : Fabrice Alleman (sop. sax), Fred Favarel (gt, F), Minino Garay (perc., Argentina), Vincent Bruyninckx (p), Sam Gerstmans (b) and Frédéric Jacquemin (drs). Guitarist Philip Catherine makes a guest appearance on one track. Add the Orchestre de Chambre de Liège (strings), the Quartz Ensemble (winds) and harpist Ingrid Procureur.
Some concerts will take place in October 2017.

Thursday July 13, 2017
No "Saint-Jazz-ten-Noode" Festival this year because lack of subsidies
No "Saint-Jazz-ten-Noode" Festival this year because the subsidies from the Brussels Region could not be obtained.


Wednesday July 12, 2017
"Kawral", with Salia Sanou & trumpeter Laurent Blondiau"s Mââk at the Off Festival in Avignon (F)
MET-X presents « Kawral » during the event "DANSEZ ! #3" at the Théâtre de la Chapelle du Verbe Incarné in the Off Festivalof d'Avignon( F) from July 22 through 26, 2017 at 12:30.
The project combines the creation of dancer and choreographer Salia Sanou (Burkina Faso) and trompettist Laurent Blondiau with the ensemble "Mââk".
For more infos, click on the title.

Sunday July 9, 2017
Saxophonist Frank Deruytter's O.T.O. Machine has recorded its first album
OTO Machine, the funk/jazz big band led by saxophonist Frank Deruytter, has recorded its first album.

Sunday July 9, 2017
Rebirth:: Collective has recorded a new album
The band "Rebirth: Collective" has recorded a new album at he Fattoria Musica Studio in Osnabrück (D). Arrangements by trombonist Dree Peremans. With : Ewout Pierreux, Bruno Vansina, Jo Hermans, Joppe Bestevaar, Toni Vitacolonna, Wietse Meys, Jos Machtel.
Release expected on Sept. 28, 2017.

Wednesday July 5, 2017
Toots Thielemans Award 2017 : pianists Geoffrey Fiorese & Hendrik Lasure
The Toots Thielemans Award 2017, which goes to music students who are completing their studies, has been awarded this year to pianists/composers Geoffrey Fiorese & Hendrik Laure.
On the photo : Geoffrey Fiorese.

Monday July 3, 2017
The Brussels Jazz Orchestra recorded his project "We have a dream" feat. vocalist Tutu Puoane
The year 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. Brussels Jazz Orchestra will commemorate his death with a musical production around the theme of human rights. "We have a dream" will present new arrangements of great pop, rock, soul and jazz songs. Singer Tutu Puoane, from Antwerp with South African roots, will sing with a raised fist, an indictment – a call for justice.
Blues, reggae, folk, rock, hip-hop and jazz are beloved genres for songs about injustice, a rich tradition of the protest song. From Stevie Wonder to Marvin Gaye, from Nina Simone to Sting, from Rod Stewart to Donny Hathaway, each and every one is a powerful song about injustice, oppression or inequality.
New arrangements by Michel Herr, Bert Joris, Gyuri Spies..
Album to be released in January 2018. Concerning the BJO, let us remind you that their Brel album with David Linx received an Edison Award in the Netherlands. In the fall 2017, Bert Joris will be touring with his "Smooth Shake" repertoire.

Monday July 3, 2017
12 Belgian bands to participate in the Sudtirol Jazz Festival Alto Adige
Take a look at the French page for a detailed programme and click on the title to visit the website of the festival.

Friday June 30, 2017
Upcoming cd of pianist Diederik Wissels to be released by Igloo in November 2017
Igloo records announces that the upcoming cd of pianist Diederik WiIssels, "Pasarela", will be released in November 2017. Recorded with Nicolas Kummert (sax), Thibault DIlle (accordion), Victor Foulon (b) and Emily Allison (voc.).

Saturday June 24, 2017
Crowdfunding to record Terence Blanchard's film scores with Brussels Philharmonic and Brussels Jazz Orchestra + concerts
Every year, the World Soundtrack Awards organizes the production of a compilation album with the best film scores of one particular film composer. This year, it is Terence Blanchard's turn (tp, USA), who will also be the central guest at the 2017 World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert (Ghent,.B) . The initiative comes from Film Fest Gent and the World Soundtrack Awards, in collaboration with maestro Dirk Brossé and Brussels Philharmonic. For this jazzy occasion, the latter will team up with Brussels Jazz Orchestra.
Click on the link if you want to support the project.
This year, the Ghent film festival will put the focus on jazz in the movies, with concerts with symphonic jazz (Oct. 18, 2017, feat. Terence Blanchard, David Shire and Joe Kraemer) (Day of the World Soundtrack Awards, read more HERE) and Oct. 19, with jazz classics in the movies : The Pink Panther, Chinatown, The Man with the Golden Arm etc...(read more HERE.

Friday June 23, 2017
Final bar : guitarist Willy Donni
Jazz and blues guitarist Willy Donni passed away in the evening of June 22, 2017.
Click on the title for more biographical infos.
Photo : Michel Binstok

Thursday June 22, 2017
Jazz'Halo webzine : table of contents (Summer 2017)
Read the French version of this page to discover the table of contents.

Tuesday June 13, 2017
Jazzaroundmag : table of contents (Summer 2017)
See the French version of this page for the table of contents of the latest issue of that webzine (in French).
Click on the title to visit it.

Tuesday June 13, 2017
Jazz Hot # 680 is out, on-line only and free
See the French version of this page for a table of contents and click on the title to visit the website (in French).

Friday June 9, 2017
"Meer dan jazz" : a collective book (in Dutch)
Published by "Acco Uitgeverij", "Meer dan Jazz" is a collective book (in Dutch) containing contributions by Stef Slembrouck, Maarten Weyler, Matthias Heyman, Christopher Hall, Matthijs De Ridder, Marc Leman, Pascal Vandelanoitte, Sarah Posman, Didier Wijnants, Ben Sluijs, Christian Mendoza and Brice Soniano.
Click on the title.

Tuesday June 6, 2017
Trumpeter Adrien Volant invites US saxophonist Godwin Louis
Trumpeter Adrien Volant invites US saxophonist Godwin Louis for a series of concerts starting June 9, 2017 , in quartet with Alex Gilson (b) and Wim Eggermont (drs).

Tuesday May 30, 2017
David Linx + Brussels Jazz Orchestra "Brel" album wins an Edison award (NL)
David Linx + Brussels Jazz Orchestra "Brel" album wins an Edison award (NL) 2017 in the category jazz vocals, international.
Click on the title to view the album page.

Wednesday May 24, 2017
"La Chambre Verte" : website with interviews of jazz musicians
Play Misty Productions now proposes a new website featuring radio interviews of jazz musicians (in French). The first guests : Erik Truffaz (tp), David Linx (voc.).
The site also contains a link to the previous "Play Misty for me" series of interviews.
Click on the title.

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