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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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BREL wins an Edison Award 2017

30 Jun 2017

In June 2017, the BREL album with David Linx wins a prestigious Edison Jazz/World Award.

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News from the Brussels Jazz Orchestra - January & February 2018
Brussels Jazz Orchestra Series
BJO SHEET MUSIC Brussels Jazz Orchestra wishes you a happy and musical 2018! In this next year, we’ll be putting 25 candles on the birthday cake – a quarter century full of unique arrangements written especially for the orchestra by our own musicians, as well as some by guest arrangers. We thought it was high time to share all that goodness and have made a selection from the now-quite-substantial pile of BJO arrangements, which is now available in our webshop. If you play in a jazz orchestra or big band, or conduct one, do take a look and get some inspiration for your rehearsals in the new year. Or maybe you can make someone dear to you happy with a BJO arrangement or CD! To the BJO webshop.
BREL with David Linx in Arlon
Our BREL production with BJO and David Linx still fills concert halls and moves audiences’ hearts from France to Poland, and from Flanders to Wallonia. The unforgettable repertoire of our national pride and joy Le Grand Jacques, with the unmistakably jazzy flavour of Linx and BJO. La chanson des vieux amants, Bruxelles, Le plat pays, La valse à mille temps and other Brel classics, performed as if they were pure jazz standards: du jamais vu! There is one more performance in January in the Cultural Centre in Arlon (Aarlen), and after that you’ll have to wait for spring. So order your tickets soon. More info.
We Have A Dream with Tutu Puoane
CD RELEASE & PREMIERE At last, our new CD with Tutu Puoane will be here in February 2018. We Have a Dream is an album of protest songs from pop, rock, soul and jazz, each and every one in a fantastic arrangement for jazz orchestra. This human-rights themed musical project was inspired by the commemoration of the murder of Martin Luther King, 50 years ago this year. Singer Tutu Puoane, from Antwerp with South African roots, sings with a raised fist, indicting and calling for justice.
The CD will be released in early February on Soulfactory Records. Soon afterwards, it will be in the shops and available on the usual digital platforms. The live concert series will kick off with a premiere in deSingel Antwerp on 23 February. To do this project, BJO partnered with Amnesty International. More info.
Calendar
- 2-1 Boom-Boom with Dimitri Leue in CC Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg (B). Tickets.
- 5-1 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in De Velinx, Tongeren (B). Tickets.
- 6-1 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in Capitole, Ghent (B). Tickets.
- 10-1 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in CC de Factorij, Zaventem (B). Tickets.
- 11-1 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in CC Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg (B). Tickets.
- 12-1 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in CC Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg (B). Tickets.
- 13-1 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in CC Het Perron, Ieper (B). Tickets.
- 14-1 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp (B). Tickets.
- 27-1 BREL with David Linx in Cultuurcentrum, Aarlen (B). Tickets.
- 18-2 Boom-Boom with Dimitri Leue in CC De Factorij, Zaventem (B). Tickets.
- 23-2 We Have a Dream with Tutu Puoane in deSingel, Antwerp (B). Tickets.
- 24-2 Boom-Boom with Dimitri Leue in De Roma, Antwerp (B). Tickets.
- 25-2 Boom-Boom with Dimitri Leue in CC Casino, Houthalen-Helchteren (B). Tickets.
- 2-3 We Have a Dream with Tutu Puoane in Flagey, Brussels (B). Tickets.
- 3-3 We Have a Dream with Tutu Puoane in Handelsbeurs, Ghent (B). Tickets.
Contest
On 27 January we’ll perform BREL with David Linx in Arlon/Aarlen, and we’re giving away 2 tickets. You’ll be eligible to win if you email us the correct answer to the following question by 15 January: what award did David Linx and BJO win for the BREL CD in June 2017? The winners of the previous contest were Linda Torfs and Frida Volders.
BJO musicians perform... They can't help it. Day and night, the musicians of the BJO are busy with jazz. You can see them at work in various formations, in large and small venues or clubs. In our newsletter we are happy to give you an overview of the upcoming performances of our men (and woman).
Marc Godfroid
- On 4-01 Marc Godfroid and Big Band 86 will play a “Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie” concert in The Preacher in Geraardsbergen. Dizzy would have been 100 this year. The soloist is BJO colleague Pierre Drevet. More info.
Frank Vaganée
- On 28-01 Frank will be the special guest during the New Year’s Concert of the Academie of Hemiksem. More info.
- On 10-02 he’ll play “Scattered Rhymes” with Zefiro Torna in Nanterre (F). More info.
Bo Van der Werf
- Bo and his ensemble Octurn have released a new CD. “Songbook of Changes” was released on the W.E.R.F. label (W.E.R.F. 149) and besides Bo Van der Werf on baritone sax has a core of three other star musicians: Jozef Dumoulin (keyboards, electronics), Fabian Fiorini (piano) and Dré Pallemaerts (drums), with guests Magic Malik (flute) and Clemens Van der Feen (bass). The music on this disc is somewhere between the colours of Olivier Messiaen and the chance music of John Cage. Minimalist and full of energy at the same time! More info.
Lode Mertens
- Lode Mertens is part of OTOMACHINE, along with BJO cats Frank Vaganée, Dieter Limbourg, Serge Plume and Nico Schepers. It’s the lively project of funk master Frank Deruytter, with whom they recently put out a new CD and LP, entitled “Happy Men”. More info.
Nathalie Loriers
- Nathalie’s CD “We Will Really Meet Again” (W.E.R.F. Records), with Tineke Postma (sax) and Nicolas Thys (bass), is one of “the 13 most notable albums of 2017” on the French Blog de Choc. More info.
Pierre Drevet
Pierre will play 2 concerts in February with the project “Bossa 2.0”. Here’s a teaser>>
- On 4-02 they’ll be in the Théâtre du Vellein in Villefontaine. More info.
- On 16-02 in the Jazz Club of Chambéry. More info.
Nico Schepers
- On 20-01 Nico Schepers will play with the Nardozza Schepers Delirium Quintet in the Sjruur in Maaseik. BJO colleague Toni Vitacolonna will be at the drums. More info.

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