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Tuesday March 20, 2018
Jazzmozaïek Award 2018 : Peter Vermeersch (clarinet, composer/arranger)
Every year Jazzmozaïek (the jazzmagazine published by Muziekmozaïek) chooses a Belgian musician that stands out on the fields of renewal, rejuvenation and broadening of the genre.
This year Peter Vermeersch takes home this award for his unstoppable productivity and his artistic versatility.
Peter Vermeersch leads Flat Earth Society.

Tuesday March 20, 2018
Winner of the B Jazz International Contest : Martin Salemi Trio.
The winner of the B Jazz International Contest 2018, "'First Prize Albert Michael", is the Martin Salemi Trio.
The 6 finalists were Donder, Marcin Patrer trio, Malstrom, Kika Sprinters Large Ensemble, Dumbo Station, Martin Salemi Trio.
The winner Sabam for Culture Prize : Kika Sprangers Large Ensemble
The best live performance of 'The One Step' is rewarded too and this prize goes to Kika Sprangers Large Ensemble from The Netherlands.

Monday March 19, 2018
Jazz#Forum on March 20 in Leuven (B)
What is Jazz#Forum ? Jazz#Forum brings together everyone who is involved with jazz, in the broadest sense: musicians, promoters, managers, press, students and other professionals. The aim of Jazz#Forum is information, sensibilisation, inspiration and networking. The sessions brings general issues to the attention (without the pretence or expectation to solve them overnight) or provides inspiration or tips and tricks for one’s practice.
Location : Schouwburg in Leuven (Bondgenotenlaan 21) on 20 March 2018 (11:30).

Monday March 19, 2018
Guitarist Peter Hertmans wins the Sabam jazz composition Prize 2018
Guitarist Peter Hermans has won the Sabam jazz composition Prize 2018. The piece, titled "The one step", was the imposed piece played by the finalists of the Be Jazz Contest in Leuven (B).
A prize awarded by Sabam for Culture.

Sunday March 18, 2018
Drummer Lander Gyselinck wins the MIA award
In January 2018, in Brussels, drummer Lander Gyselinck won the Music Industry Awards (MIA’s) for the third time in a row as "best musician".

Saturday March 17, 2018
The FB and I Trio has an album on-line on Bandcamp : Live In Belgium And France
The F, B and I trio has released a digital album on Bandcamp (self produced) : "F, B and I - Live In Belgium And France". The recordings were made during concerts in Belgium and France in 2009 and 2010.
The trio consists of Nicola Andrioli (piano), Hendrik Van Attenhoven (bass) and Renaud Person (drs).
Click on the title.

Friday March 16, 2018
Pianist Jérémy Dumont Quintet featuring US saxophonist Godwin Louis
For two concerts (March 26 and April 3, 2018), pianist Jérémy Dumont invites US alto saxophonist Godwin Louis to join his quintet.

Friday March 16, 2018
Giuseppe Millaci & Vogue Trio to play in Mexico-City
Giuseppe Millaci & Vogue Trio will play in Mexico-City.
March 25, 2018 : Zi co Jazz Club
March 25 : Festival Eurojazz 2018
March 26 : Centreo Nacional de las Artes
The trio consists of Giuseppe Millaci (double bass), Araury Faye (piano) & Lionel Beuvens (drs).
Photo © Arnaud Ghys

Thursday March 15, 2018
The albums nominated for the Octaves de la Musique are known
  • Fabrice Alleman & Chamber Orchestra : "Udiverse"
  • Fabien Degryse & Joël Rabesolo : "Softly..."
  • Igor Gehenot : "Delta"
  • Eric Legnini : "Waxx up"
  • Massot/Florizoone/Horbaczewski/Mc Fadden : "Secrets"
    Ceremony on May 28, 2018 at the Salle de la Madeleine, Brussels.

  • Thursday March 15, 2018
    Pianist Bram De Looze & de Beren Gieren win a Klara Award
    Pianist Bram De Looze wins a Klara Award as young promising talent of the year, and de Beren Gieren a Klara as best jazz album for "Dug out Skyscrapers".

    Tuesday March 13, 2018
    Half finalists of the Jazz Contest Mechelen (B) are known
    The bands selected for the half finals of the Jazz Contest Mechelen are known :
    Screens, De Clerck/Van Niekerk Quartet, Matteo Di Leonardo 4tet, Groppe & Martin, Baz Trio, Pagoda, Eos Trio, Schemer
    Concert : March 25, 2018 : Cultuurcentrum, Minderbroedersgang, 2800 Mechelen (B)

    Sunday March 11, 2018
    "Classics", let's talk jazz, powered by JazzMozaïek + website
    The Jazzmozaïek magazine (in Dutch) has been refreshed for 3 issues. The latest issue has yet another title : "Classics", let's talk jazz, powered by JazzMozaïek.
    For your information, the website of Jazzmozaïek now offers various pieces, record reviews and pdf versions of past issues.
    Click on the title to visit it.

    Tuesday March 6, 2018
    Final bar : Rik Bevernage (producer/organizer, Werf Records)
    Rik Bevernage, the man behind a.o. Werf Records, passed away today (March 6, 2018). He died from cancer.
    He was an important figure on the jazz scene and his huge contribution, his enthusiatic personality will be remembered.
    The funeral will take place on the 15th of March. 10h30, Reylandtzaal BruggePhoto © Cees Van de Ven

    Sunday March 4, 2018
    The trio of pianist Ivan Paduart plays in the Blue Note of Milan (I)
    The trio of pianist Ivan Paduart plays in the Blue Note of Milan (I) on March 6, 2018 (the same week as Joshua Redman and Birelli Laurene. With Philippe Aerts (b) and Romain Sarron (F, drs).

    Friday March 2, 2018
    Final bar : pianist Johnny Hot
    Pianist/bandleader Johnny Hot passed away on February 24, 2108, at the age of 85.
    He played with the Jump College, a Belgian dance orchestra which he later conducted, performing with Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, Kenny Clarke, Slide Hampton, etc..
    He played with numerous Belgian soloists (Sadi a.o.) and orchestras (Retro Jazz Orchestra).
    Photo © Michel Binstok

    Friday March 2, 2018
    Saxophonist Toine Thys to record in New York, with a.o. organ player Sam Yahel
    Saxophonist Toine Thys will record in March 2018 in New York a new trio album, with organ player Sam Yahel, (Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Maceo Parker.) With Karl Jannuska (drs) and Hervé Samb (gt). In studio Vibromonk in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

    Tuesday February 27, 2018
    On the Youtube channel of saxophonist Stéphane Mercier, interviews of Toots, Quincy and more
    On the Youtube channel of saxophonist Stéphane Mercier, you can watch the interviews he made with Toots Thielemans, Quincy Jones, Kenny Garrett and Ivan Lins.
    Click on the title.
    Photo © Marie Bauwens.

    Wednesday February 21, 2018
    On Auvio (RTBF tv), an interview of saxophonist/composer Fabrizio Cassol
    On the website Audio (RTBF tv), you can watch an interview (in French) given by saxophonist/composer Fabrizio Cassol.
    Click on the title (link to the podcast).

    Monday February 19, 2018
    Ursa Minor, the septet of drummer Renaud Person, shares a demo on Soundcloud
    The Ursa Minor septet (the project of drummer Renaud Person) has recorded a demo in January 2018. The titles are now available on Soundcloud along with a bonus track from a recent concert at the Sounds Jazz Club.
    Click on the title.

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