The music by Bert Joris has everything to win the hearts of the audience: sensual, compelling, swinging, bluesy or exciting: with his harmonious compositions and colourful arrangements, Joris achieves the perfect balance between strong lyrical melodies and deep grooves. The album Signs and Signatures, with compositions by Bert Joris performed by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, came out in 2010 and was acclaimed in both the Belgian and international press. The project has also become a favourite with audiences now, with memorable performances at venues and festivals such as Jazz Middelheim in 2011.
“One minute you’ll hear them play smooth elegant ballroom jazz, and the next they’ll break into the driving energy of ‘cooking’ big band jazz. Most of all, while the classical big band-format usually makes its impact within 3-4 minutes, these gentlemen and lady (pianist Nathalie Loriers) dare to play for 15 minutes without losing the underlying structure of the piece.” Goddeau.com – Jazz Middelheim, 13/08/2011
About Bert Joris
Jazz trumpeter Bert Joris (°1957) has built a solid reputation as improvisor, composer, arranger and teacher. His work is performed by musicians allover the world. Joris received several awards and prizes for his work and his most recent solo album ‘Only for the honest’ was widely acclaimed by the press. Bert Joris has published three albums with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra so far: the double album The Music of Bert Joris was released in 2002, Dangerous Liaison was recorded live in 2006 and Signs and Signatures came out in 2010/ Over the years, Joris and the BJO toured together from Sweden to the USA.