The must tours of belgian jazz with an annual programming of nine anthologies.
Every season, from October to May, Les Lundis d'Hortense organises many concerts which highlights the richness and quality of a rapidly growing Belgian jazz scene. Thanks to the Jazz Tour, 9 different bands are selected every year to tour twenty or so jazz clubs and cultural centers throughout Brussels, Wallonia and the north of France. From year to year, the Jazz Tour grows bigger and livelier with more and more partners and concerts.
Jazz, rock, blues
Fabrizio Graceffa guitar, compositions
Nicolas Kummert tenor saxophone
Jean-Paul Estiévenart trumpet except on 04/05: Olivier Bodson and 10/11 (quintet)
Edouard Wallyn trombone
Boris Schmidt double bass except on 10, 11/11 & 04/05: Jacques Pili
Teun Verbruggen drums except 08 & 11/11: Adrien Verderame
U-Turn is the second album by Belgium / Italian guitarist Fabrizio Graceffa. As on his previous album Stories the influence of his musical heroes like Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Bill Frisell but also Jimi Hendrix and B.B King is clearly present. It is eclectic roadtrip through American and European jazz, folk, country, rock and even some classical elements. Like a musical road movie the music fits excellent while travelling!
Last CD U-Turn (Challenge Records – May 2016)
Energetic and poetic contemporary jazz
Lorenzo Di Maio guitar
Jean-Paul Estiévenart trumpet
Nicola Andrioli piano
Cédric Raymond double bass
Antoine Pierre drums
After working on many projects that saw him grow as a guitarist (Sal La Rocca Band, Fabrice Alleman, Chrystel Wautier, and others) Lorenzo Di Maio now releases his first solo album, a musical yin & yang and invitation to escape. At the root of ‘Black Rainbow’ is the desire to play with contrasts. The writing acts like an inner journey that leads to an ensemble of nuanced compositions. The sound is at times melancholic, at other times lighter, sketching out soundscapes that can be dark but always with a shard of light. For the occasion, the guitarist put together a powerful team that serves music punctuated by delicate arrangements and a firm aesthetic feel that owes a lot to the subtle balance between the five musicians. In this space where playing is freedom, the various influences meet and are channeled.
CD Black Rainbow (Igloo Records – September 2016)
Melodical crossover jazz
Ivan Paduart piano
Quentin Dujardin guitar
Grégory Houben trumpet
Ten years after their first project together, Ivan Paduart and Quentin Dujardin recorded "Catharsis". They share their passion for composition and bring warm harmonies and intensely lyrical melodies to life. After collaborating with talented and international musicians like Manu Katché, Richard Bona, Olivier Ker Ourio and Bert Joris, they invite trumper player Grégory Houben. Between poetry, groove, jazz, flamenco and a sense of nostalgia for waltzes, this trio is a delight for the ears. What superb mix of musical genres !
CD Catharsis (Mons Records – October 2016)
Amaury Faye piano
Louis Navarro contrabas
Théo Lanau drums
Considered as one of the most promising pianists of his generation, Amaury Faye personifies the new wave of jazz made in Europe. The many awards he received in 2016 confirm his undeniable talent as a composer and improviser. His attention to the architecture of each song, mixing the written and the improvised makes his music strong and makes it flow naturally, allowing for expression and emotion. Even if Faye’s music obviously falls into the “mainstream jazz” category, it might be difficult to be more specific, such is the richness and diversity of the blend of influences, ranging from jazz to classical, rock, pop and blues. Indeed merging idioms and ideas is at the heart of his musical concept whether it be in composition, performance or improvisation. Amaury presents his new album "Clearway" (Pias-Jazz Village 2017).
New CD Clearway (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi – May 2017)
Charles Loos piano
Jeanfrançois Prins guitar
Sébastien Walnier cello
This band brings together three brilliant musicians of different generations in a new project with a unique instrumentation. It will present unreleased and original compositions where the sound of the strings brings out the sweetness and subtlety of their chamber jazz music !
First CD soon
Energetic jazz, strong grooves, free improvisations
Jeroen Van Herzeele saxophone tenor, EWI
Alfred Vilayleck electric bas
Louis Favre drums, vocals
Why the name Gratitude? Because the musicians are grateful for the music of the great masters, but also their families, friends and the incredible beauty that nature brings. As a power trio the music, often by the hand of Jeroen Van Herzeele, one of Belgian finest saxophone players, brings an energy of letting go, not very conceptual or rigid with a hint of John Coltrane throughout. With obsessive grooves, contemplative melodies and raging improvisations, this very energetic and sensitive trio lets emotion drive their music and shares its joy of playing with the audience !
New CD soon
Last CD Alive (El Negocito Records – June 2015)
Melodic modern jazz
Bart Defoort saxophone
Ewout Pierreux piano
Hans Van Oost guitar
Christophe Devisscher double bas
Toni Vitacolonna drums
Bart Defoort, one of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra saxophonists, presents "Inner Waves", his fifth album as leader. The compositions are inspired by modal jazz, blues and bebop, and are always filled with groove. Driven by the complicity that unites the musicians, this quintet mixes ballads as well as energetic pieces.
CD Inner Waves (W.E.R.F – May 2016)