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Gent Jazz Festival now in 1.5 version – July 8 to 18

The Belgian city Ghent has a famous jazz festival. Tens of thousands fans visit the Bijloke site every year in July to enjoy the music of world-famous artists and young talent....

Doug Webb following in the footsteps of Sonny Rollins

It’s one of the biggest challenges for a saxophonist playing with only a drummer and bassist rather than the inclusion of a piano. Doug Webb achieves that challenge! With...

Babs van Bree: Jazz, it’s a lifestyle.

Babs van Bree (27) is one of the young talented singers on the Dutch jazz scene. After high school she first studied music therapy, then she obtained her Bachelor of Music. Now...

CD Review – Tricycle plays with subdued virtuosity

A tricycle has, as the name says, three wheels. The band Tricycle has three members, the leader and accordionist Tuur Florizoone, Philippe Laloy (sax and bass flute) and Vincent...

Jazz Middelheim in Antwerp 15-18 August Roundup

And of course, “Bluesette” was played, Toots Thielemans’ most famous composition. That was the encore for the grateful audience after the tribute to the most...

Pianist Jef Neve in Ghent at Festival Jazz in the Park

The festival Jazz in the Park will be held from Thursday 5 till Sunday 8 September in the city of Ghent. It is the third-largest festival in Belgium. The concerts in the Zuidpark...

Toots Thielemans lives on at Jazz Middelheim

The legacy of Toots Thielemans continues to live on Jazz Middelheim. The famous Belgian musician died in 2016, at 94 years of age. For many years he was the godfather of the...

Diana Krall & Joan Baez impress at Gent Jazz Festival 2019

Gent Jazz Festival has produced some memorable concerts this year. Two women played a leading role in the Belgian city: Diana Krall and Joan Baez. The first is a pure jazz artist....

Trumpeter Gidon Nunes Vaz – “Jazz offers me unique freedom to express my own story”

Trumpeter Gidon Nunes Vaz is 28, with a great reputation, and a much sought-after musician. Since his eighth birthday, a gift of a trumpet is now part of his daily life. ...

Fred Hersch & WDR Big Band highlight Gent Jazz Festival 2019

Fred Hersch is one of the current leading jazz pianists. Also, the WDR Big Band is one of the best jazz orchestras in Europe. They join forces during Gent Jazz Festival 2019. The...

Yoran Aarssen: It’s jazz, there is no plan B

Editor note: The is the first of five young Dutch Jazz Artist featured by one of our Dutch writers – Peter Beije. The talent of saxophonist Yoran Aarssen was discovered when...