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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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New 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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News from the Brussels Jazz Orchestra - November & December 2017
MONK'estra with John Beasley
Thelonius Monk would have turned 100 on 10 October 2017. Brussels Jazz Orchestra is celebrating this very special birthday with John Beasley and his MONK'estra project. They’ll play 2 unique concerts together on 15 and 16 November, in BOZAR in Brussels and deSingel in Antwerp. GRAMMY® Award nominee John Beasley has put the essence of Monk's incomparable music into some fresh new arrangements and will also conduct.
MONK'estra is a loving tribute to the master that adds contemporary harmonies, unstoppable grooves and an infectious sense of fun. The concert includes repertoire from Beasley's albums MONK'estra Vol. I (2016) and Vol. II (2017)  More info.
Adams opens with Smooth Shake 
Adams Muziekcentrale in Lummen will open a new store on 3 December, and have asked BJO and Bert Joris to play an exclusive opening concert.
Bert Joris shines as a soloist, composer and arranger. Smooth Shake has already been acclaimed in the national and international press: Separately, Joris and the BJO are first-class; together, they rise above that benchmark to create music that touches the heart and enlivens the soul.”  (Jack Bowers, All About Jazz (USA), 2017) This will be the last Smooth Shake concert of 2017, so don’t miss it. More info.
BREL with David Linx in France
Since the premiere of BREL, the BJO and David Linx have received loads of praise and great reviews. Last June, they added an award – the Edison Jazz/World Award. Le Grand Jacques may be one of Belgium’s treasures, the French are still very fond of his music as well.
In Sartrouville, they’re very much looking forward to welcoming BJO and David Linx this autumn: “It’s not just because they’re Belgian, like their compatriot Jacques Brel, but also because their approach to the Brel repertoire through the medium of jazz allows them to vary and modulate.
Brel would appreciate that kind of artistic freedom too, all the more so because his music was charged with a rare intensity, one that was unique in his time, and this exceptional performance shares that quality." BREL will be performed in Théâtre Sartrouville, France on 15 December.
More info.
- 15-11 MONK'estra with John Beasley in Bozar, Brussels (B). Tickets.
- 16-11 MONK'estra with John Beasley in deSingel, Antwerp (B). Tickets.
- 22-11 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in 30CC, Leuven (B). Tickets.
- 23-11 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in 30CC, Leuven (B). Tickets.
- 24-11 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in CC De Werft, Geel (B). Tickets.
- 29-11 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in Stadsschouwburg, Brugge (B). Tickets.
- 1-12 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in CC De Werf, Aalst (B). Tickets.
- 2-12 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in Cultuurcentrum, Asse (B). Tickets.
- 3-12 Smooth Shake with Bert Joris in Adams Muziekcentrale, Lummen (B). Tickets.
- 8-12 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in GC Den Egger, Scherpenheuvel (B). Tickets.
- 9-12 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in De Spil, Roeselare (B). Tickets.
- 15-12 BREL with David Linx in Théâtre Sartrouville, Sartrouville (F). Tickets.
- 21-12 Dubbel Geboekt with De Frivole Framboos in Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt (B). Tickets.
- 2-1 Boom-Boom 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.
Only two performances of MONKestra with John Beasley are scheduled for this autumn. We’re giving away 2 tickets to the concert on 16-11 in deSingel, Antwerp. You’re eligible to win if you can email us the correct answer to the following question by 13 November: on what day does John Beasley celebrate his own birthday? Winners of the previous contest were Stefan Vanhille and Kathleen Vlaeminck.
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).
Frank Vaganée
- Starting 7-11, Frank will play with BJO colleagues Dieter Limbourg, Lode Mertens, Serge Plume and Nico Schepers in the CD release tour of OTO Machine. On 7-11 they’ll be in Ronse, on 8-11 in Leuven, on 9-11 in Geraardsbergen, on 10-11 in Ghent, on 12-11 at 11 a.m. in Londerzeel and at 9.00 p.m. in Herentals. More info. 

- On 12-11 at 4:00 p.m. Frank will be a guest in De Hopper in Antwerp. More info. 

- He’ll guest with the Kreato Ensemble on 25-11 in Flagey, Brussels. More info. 

- Frank will play with BJO colleague Nico Schepers in the 65th Birthday Concert van Chris Joris in the Cultural Centre in Mechelen on 26-11. More info.
Nathalie Loriers
- On 3-12 Nathalie will play with her Groovy Trio in the concert hall Heptone in Ittre. She’ll be accompanied by Benoit Vanderstraeten on bass and Thierry Gutmann on drums. More info.

- On 23-01 she’ll be part of a “carte blanche” programme with Anne Wolf in the Théâtre Marni in Elsene.


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