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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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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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News from the Brussels Jazz Orchestra - March & April 2018
We Have a Dream with Tutu Puoane
NEW ALBUM & TOUR BJO’s new album with Tutu Puoane is out! We Have a Dream had its premiere on Friday 23 February. A sold-out hall gave it a standing ovation, and next Monday’s De Standaard gave both concert and CD 4****: “We wanted to update King’s message for today’, says Frank Vaganée. (…) ‘His famous “I have a dream” speech focused on civil rights. We’ve opened that up to human rights in general. Our aim is to inspire the audience and get them to think about the ideals that are important to us, which is how we came up with the title “We Have a Dream”. Using our art to convey a message is something we need, certainly in these uncertain times.” We Have a Dream has another 4 performances in Belgian cultural centres, and will be touring the country and abroad starting next season. The album can be ordered through our webshop. More info.
Downbeat Magazine (US) ****1/2 review
SMOOTH SHAKE MAKES BEST ALBUMS OF 2017! The January 2018 issue of American jazz magazine Downbeat has chosen Smooth Shake with Bert Joris as one of the best new albums of 2017, giving it ****1/2. The Smooth Shake album came out in January 2017. It’s the 4th major production by Bert Joris with Brussels Jazz Orchestra, in which Bert shines as a soloist, composer, and arranger. More info.
BREL in Luxembourg
On 20 April, it’s Luxembourg’s turn to be conquered by BREL, following Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, which have fallen for BJO and David Linx during their tours over the last two years. In BREL, the music of Le Grand Jacques is rediscovered in a jazz homage to the Brussels singer who was so much bigger than his “flat land”. They’ll get a chance to find this out in Luxemburg too. This is the last European performance of BREL for now, since next season the production will be winning hearts in Canada. More info.
- 14-4 We Have a Dream with Tutu Puoane in Cultural Centre (Cultuurcentrum), Mechelen (B). Tickets.
- 18-4 We Have a Dream with Tutu Puoane in Cultural Centre (Cultuurcentrum), Strombeek (B). Tickets.
- 20-4 BREL with David Linx in Cube 521, Marnach (LU). Tickets.
- 21-4 We Have a Dream with Tutu Puoane in Cultural Centre (Cultuurcentrum), Bruges (B). Tickets.
- 2-5 We Have a Dream with Tutu Puoane in 30CC, Leuven (B). Tickets.
We’re giving away 2 copies of our new CD We Have A Dream, signed by Tutu Puoane (!). You’ll have a chance to win if you mail us the correct answer to the following question by 15 March: in what city was this disc recorded? The winner of the previous contest was Bob Van Aerde.
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
Marc Godfroid
  • On 28 and 29-03 Marc will play 2 concerts with the National Orchestra of Belgium in Bozar, Brussels. Soloist is the Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset. More info.
  • On 26-04 he’ll play a concert with a theme, with Big Band 86 in The Preacher in Geraardsbergen. The evening’s soloist is saxophonist Bruno Van Sina. Also playing are BJO’ers Carlo Nardozza, Lode Mertens, Dieter Limbourg and Laurent Hendrick. More info.
Bart Defoort

Bart has the following dates with his Bart Defoort Quintet (along with Toni Vitacolonna, Ewout Pierreux, Hans Van Oost and Christophe Devisscher): Concerts with other personnel:
  • On 12-03 in de Hopper, Antwerp in quartet with Victor Da Costa, Jos Machtel and James Williams
  • On 5-04 in L'An Vert, Luik in quartet with Pascal Mohy, Quinten Liègois and Sam Gerstmans
Lode Mertens

Lode Mertens and fellow BJO cats Frank Vaganée, Dieter Limbourg, Serge Plume and Nico Schepers are part of OTOMACHINE, funk master Frank Deruytter’s vibrant creation (More info.). They’ll play the following dates with OTOMACHINE:
Nathalie Loriers
  • On 31-03 Nathalie will play their production “We Will Really Meet again” with the Loriers-Postma-Thys trio in het Centre Culturel d’Andenne.
  • On 28-04 her Nathalie Loriers Groovy Trio with Benoit Vanderstraeten Thierry Gutmann will be in Jazz Station, Brussels.
Pierre Drevet
  • On 14-04 Pierre will play with the Lilananda Jazz Quintet as part of their Bossa 2.0 project in Pontcharra sur Turbine. Watch the video. More info.

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