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Downbeat magazine (US): Smooth Shake with best albums of 2017!

22 Feb 2018

****1/2 review for Smooth Shake with Bert Joris

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New album We Have A Dream with Tutu Puoane

22 Feb 2018

Now for sale in the BJO webshop!

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Brussels Jazz Orchestra Series: BJO sheet music now for sale

09 Nov 2017

The sheet music of many BJO arrangements (by Michel Herr, Frank Vaganée, Lode Mertens,...) now for sale in our webshop!

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Video Smooth Shake with Bert Joris

13 Feb 2017

Extracts from Nasty Boy, O.U.T, Only for the Honest and Smooth Shake. Live @ Flagey, January 2017. From the album Smooth Shake, W.E.R.F. records, 2016.

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Newsletter in Dutch, English OR French

29 Nov 2016

Re-live Artists #withRefugees on Storify

28 Jun 2016

Enjoy the complete story of Artists #withRefugees, as told on social media

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New video: BREL premiere in Flagey on 20-1-2016

15 Mar 2016

Looking for a holiday gift?

24 Nov 2015

Check out the BJO umbrella

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News from the Brussels Jazz Orchestra - September & October 2018
And here is the 2018-2019 season!
BJO is in the starting blocks for its 26th season (!), a bubbly mixture of new shows and return venues. With, to top it off, the BJO25 tour, during which we will light up 25 candles. Along with the birthday celebration, a great many other venues are lined up. You’ll discover them all in our presentation clip. As for important info (dates, shows…) you will find updates all throughout the year on our site.
The BJO25 anniversary tour with
Maria Schneider (US)

Last July, she won an NEA Jazz Masters Award, one of the most prestigious honors for an American jazz musician. The prize confirms what the BJO has known for a long time: leader and composer Maria Schneider is one of the premier wizards of today’s jazz scene! Ten years after our last collaboration, it is an honor for BJO to celebrate our 25thbirthday in her company. On the program: Flagey in Brussels (B), deSingel in Antwerp (B), De Doelen in Rotterdam (NL), Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht (NL) and, last but not least, the prestigious Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna (AT)! Happy birthday BJO! You are invited to the party. Are you coming? More info.
We Have A Dream with Tutu Puoane:
hittin' the international road!

After a series of concerts in Belgium, and a recent triumph during Jazz Middelheim, We Have a Dream is now crossing borders. In October, we’ll be in Budapest, and next February the must town, New York City! But that’s not all: we have a few Belgium dates left on the schedule for our showcase concert of legendary protest songs. Here is a live clip from the show. More info & tour dates.
Smooth Shake with Bert Joris:
music for the clouds!

Are you a frequent flyer? If you are you’ve got a good chance to run into BJO in the upcoming months on an international flight. Starting in the month of October, KLM will propose the entire Smooth Shake concert on long carriers, as part of their Music and More program. Smooth Shake, considered by the American review, DownBeat, as one of the best Jazz records of 2017, is made up of pieces written and arranged for BJO by the trumpet maestro Bert Joris. You can find highlights from the concert on the BJO Youtube channel. Here is a sneak peak. For the fans of live, there is a possibility to discover this fantastic show on the 26thof September in Charleroi. More info.
- 21/9 We Have A Dream with Tutu Puoane at Alter Schlachthof, Eupen (B).
- 26/9 Smooth Shake with Bert Joris at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi (B).
- 10/10 BJO25 with Maria Schneider in Flagey, Brussels (B).
- 12/10 BJO25 with Maria Schneider, deSingel, in Antwerp (B). Tickets.
- 13/10 BJO25 with Maria Schneider, De Doelen, in Rotterdam (NL).
- 14/10 BJO25 with Maria Schneider, Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht (NL).
- 15/10 BJO25 with Maria Schneider, Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna (AT).
- 16/10 We Have A Dream with Tutu Puoane at the Liszt Academy, Budapest (HU).
BJO musicians perform | Even once they’re off the BJO stage our musicians keep busy. They play in various other formations, start up productions and release albums, both with other BJO colleagues and other big names from the national and international jazz scene. We’re pleased to provide an overview of their calendars and personal projects in every newsletter.
Frank Vaganée
  • On the 30th/09, Frank will be the guest soloist for the Guus Tangelder bigband in Arnhem (NL). More info. 
  • On the 28th/10, find Frank during a benefit concert, profits going to Jazzzolder Mechelen, at the Cultuurcentrum Mechelen.
Marc Godfroid
  • On Thursday the 25th of October, Marc and Big Band 86 will play a concert in The Preacher in Geraardsbergen (Grammont) (B). The soloist will be the Australian trombone player, Adrian Mears. More info.
Nathalie Loriers
  • On the 22nd/09, Nathalie will play in trio with Sam Gerstmans (b) and Thierry Gutmann (d) during the Mallejazz Festival. More info. 
  • On the 29th and 30th of September, as well as the 1st and 2nd of October; Nathalie Loriers Groovy Trio (with Benoit Vanderstraeten (b) and Thierry Gutmann (d)) will play at the Generations International Jazzfestival Frauenfeld in Switzerland. More info.
  • In November, Nathalie locks herself in a studio alongside Bert Joris (t), Wolfgang Engstfeld (ts), Peter Hertmans (g), Sam Gerstmans (b) and Dré Pallemaerts (d) to record a brand new set with Michel Herr, bringing together a jazz sextet and a string quartet. More info. 
Toni Vitacolonna
  • On the 27th/09, Toni will play with DelVita at the CC De Meent, in Alsemberg. DelVita are a Jazz-Rock-Electro ensemble made up of Peter Delannoye (trombone), Steven Delannoye (sax), David Thomaere (keyboard), Janos Bruneel (bass) and Toni (drums). This will be a concert to present their latest EP “Abyss”. More info. 

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