JAZZUARY, Brussels sets the stage for jazz in January!
Brussels Jazz Festival, the annual event for jazz lovers
Flagey offers 11 festival days during which they combine, as usual, established international stars and discoveries from the local jazz scene. The talented Brussels-based drummer Antoine Pierre serves as the artist in residence and will present three projects, including two new creations. Also other drummers will be showcased at this 6th edition with, among others, Lander Gyselinck (St6cks), Tom Skinner (Wildflower), Makaya and Anton Eger on the programme. The spotlight will also be on two labels: the Belgians from W.E.R.F Records (Commander Spoon, Boyan Z, MDCIII, etc.) and the Americans from International Anthem (Jeff Parker, Jamie Branch, etc.). The icing on the cake will be the Belgian Mélanie De Biasio, who will open the festivities with two exceptional concerts to support her new artist's studio in Charleroi.
The River Jazz Festival, three stages to broaden the horizons
The poster for the 6th edition alternates between new albums (Macha Gharibian Trio, Or Bareket Quartet, Quentin Dujardin and Didier , Bai Kamara Jr.), explosive duets (David Linx & Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Igor & Amaury Faye), wild ensembles ( Orchestra, Géraud Portal plays Mingus), prestigious guests (Sal La Rocca Quartet feat. Stéphane Belmondo) and tradition and roots (Alexandre Quintet, ).
The programme also features a children's concert by Manuel Hermia, an exhibition of engravings by Jean-Claude and a lecture by JP Schroeder on guitarist Philip Catherine. The highlight of the festival is the River Jazz Night, which closes the event on the 25th. This year, it will be orchestrated by the talented Belgian drummer Stéphane Galland (Aka Moon...).
Djangofolllies, the Belgian festival dedicated to gypsy jazz
This event unites top musicians for sparkling musical encounters between generations, while honouring the legacy of Django Reinhardt. Tradition meets innovation. The Jazzy Strings group, an amazing collaboration between three fathers and three sons (Schmitt, , ), will open the festivities in Brussels, which take place for the first time at the AB. The programme for this 6th edition also includes the Kamao Quartet accompanied by famous Belgian Tcha , "the king of gypsy music" (The Times), the quintet of the brilliant violinist Alexandre , the Dan Gharibian trio, and, lastly, the new quartet of Fapy Lafertin.