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25 years BJO at Jazz Middelheim

29 Mar 2018

On August 10, BJO will occupy the Club Stage with no less than 4 projects!

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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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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

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24 Nov 2015

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News from the Brussels Jazz Orchestra - May & June 2018
BJO celebrates its 25th birthday at Jazz Middelheim!
4 PRODUCTIONS ON THE CLUB STAGE No Belgian summer would be complete without Jazz Middelheim! And this year in particular, Jazz Middelheim wouldn’t be complete without Brussels Jazz Orchestra. That’s because BJO is blowing out 25 candles on the cake this year and we’re celebrating it at the festival which has been our second home for years.
On 10 August we’ll be on the festival’s Club Stage, with no less than 4 different productions: We Orchestrate WordsWe Have A DreamKaneelvingers and Footprint.
Come celebrate with us! More info.
Tutu Puoane spoke with DownBeat (US)
Q&A ABOUT WE HAVE A DREAM Our latest production and album, We Have A Dream with Tutu Puoane, is getting great press at home and abroad, and is a hit with audiences too. The production’s subject matter is moving for everyone, and is more relevant today than ever. DownBeat (US) spoke with Tutu Puoane about choosing the protest songs on the album, the link with Martin Luther King, injustice and artistic activism. Read the Q&A here.
There’s still a copy of the album autographed by Tutu available through our webshop. And you can still catch We Have A Dream live on 10 August at Jazz Middelheim.
We Have A Dream featured on De Zevende Dag
On 15 April Tutu Puoane and several BJO musicians were guests on ‘De Zevende Dag’ on the Eén (VRT) TV network. Here: Inner City Blues (Marvin Gaye), an arrangement by Lode Mertens for We Have A Dream.
Watch the interview with Frank Vaganée or Not Yet Uhuru by Tutu & Toni Vitacolonna.
- 3-7 Smooth Shake with Bert Joris at the Prague Proms, Prague (CZ). Tickets.
- 7-7 Brussels Jazz Orchestra with international guest soloists at ClarinetFest 2018, Ostend (B). Tickets. 
- 10-8 BJO celebrates its 25th birthday at Jazz Middelheim, Antwerp (B), with Footprint, Kaneelvingers, We Have A Dream & WOWTickets.
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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
  • Frank Vaganée and fellow BJO cats Lode Mertens, Dieter Limbourg, Serge Plume and Nico Schepers are part of funkmaster Frank Deruytter’s energetic OTOMACHINE. They’ll perform with OTOMACHINE:
  • On 7-07 Frank, along with Tripod, will play “Songs of the Low Lands” in Oudenaarde (B).
Marc Godfroid
  • On Friday 29-06 Marc and Big Band 86 will play a concert in The Preacher in Geraardsbergen (B). The soloist is Australian trombonist Adrian Mears, who will play some of his own works for trombone, and who knows, maybe for didgeridoo as well. More info.
Bart Defoort

Bart’s lined up several concerts with his Bart Defoort Quintet, consisting of himself on tenor sax, Ewout Pierreux (piano), Hans Van Oost (guitar), Christophe Devisscher (double bass) and Toni Vitacolonna (drums):
  • On 18-05 in CC Comines, Komen. More info.
  • On 23-05 in JazzStation, Brussels. More info.
  • On 25-05 on the Grote Markt (Grand Place), Brussels, as part of the Brussels Jazz Weekend. More info.
  • On 26-05 in Zy’coop, Mazy. More info. 
  • On 6-06 in the Jacques Pelzer Jazz Club, Liege. More info.
  • On 9-06 in Kulturzentrum Junglingshaus, Eupen. More info.
  • On 6-07 at Gent Jazz Festival (Ghent), Garden Stage. More info.
Pierre Drevet
  • On 15-06 Pierre and the Lilananda Jazz Quintet will release their album Bossa2.0. You can order the CD here.
  • They’ll play a concert with the same music on 17-05 in the Polaris theatre in Corbas (F). For a foretaste, watch the video.
  • Pierre has been chosen by the French organisation “Génération Spédidam” as one of the artists with international merit, whose work they will support for the next 3 years. Congratulations Pierre! More info.
Nathalie Loriers
  • On 23-05 the Nathalie Loriers trio, together with Steve Houben, Julie Mossay and “L’ensemble de Musique de Chambre de Wallonie”, will play repertoire by Gershwin in arrangements by Michel Herr, in Arsonic, Bergen. The production is entitled “An American Songbook”. More info.
  • The same personnel will play this programme on 22-06 in the “Abbaye du Valdieu” in Aubel. More info.
  • On 12-05 Nathalie will play with the Loriers-Postma-Thys trio at the “Like a Jazz Machine” festival in Dudelange (LU). More info.
  • On 5-07 her Loriers-Postma-Gerstmans will open Gent Jazz in Ghent. More info.
Toni Vitacolonna

DelVita is a jazz-rock-electro band, made up of Toni himself (drums), Peter Delannoye (trombone), Steven Delannoye (sax), David Thomaere (keys) and Janos Bruneel (bass). They’ll celebrate the release of their latest CD “Abyss”:
  • On 25-05 in De Ververij in Ronse. More info.
  • On 26-05 in Flagey, Brussels, on the occasion of the Brussels Jazz Weekend. More info.
  • On 27-05 on the Grote Markt (Grand Place), Brussels, as part of the Brussels Jazz Weekend. More info.

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