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Brussels Jazz Orchestra


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In March 1993, the Flemish jazz musicians Frank Vaganée, Marc Godfroid and Serge Plume took the initiative to set up the “Brussels Jazz Orchestra” (BJO), which would offer new professional opportunities to performers, composers and arrangers after the jazz orchestra of the BRT (the Belgian Radio and Television) had ceased to exist. One of the main objectives of the “Brussels Jazz Orchestra” is, therefore, to promote the Flemish repertoire and Flemish soloists.

Now, fourteen years later, the Orchestra can be proud of having achieved its original objectives. Moreover, the BJO, conducted by artistic director Frank Vaganée, has been able to develop into an international leading orchestra.

Proof of this was the first transatlantic concert tour in January 2001, with destination New York, where the BJO gave a concert at the conference of the International Association of Jazz-Educators, in the presence of the international jazz-scene. Pianist Kenny Werner (USA) was the BJO’s guest soloist on this event. This concert was the high point in the Orchestra’s history and the start of an international career. At the second concert in New York, which took place in “The Cutting Room”, the BJO treated the concert-goers to a whole range of Flemish jazz-compositions. In 2002, the orchestra went one more time transatlantic; BJO played gigs in Boston (with Kenny Werner), Yonkers and was guest at the Litchfield Jazz Festival (with Kenny Werner).

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  • paulbrouns

    Great concert last night at the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam - featuring Richard Galliano. Unforgettable musical experience!

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • gakko

    14 months later: enjoying the fresh sound with fresh ears. Simple arrangements but it all sounds honest, melodic and enjoyable.

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • gakko

    It is nice! Only problem is that the drummer maybe sounds a little bit too flemish...

    23 Mar 2008 Reply
  • e-spinoza

    awesome jazz

    25 Dec 2007 Reply

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