New CD release: The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi

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On Wednesday 21 January, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra will release a new CD: The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi. With Bert Joris on trumpet and Enrico Pieranunzi himself on the piano. The Italian pianist and composer Enrico Pieranunzi makes music that appeals to the imagination: filmic, compelling and with the kind of frivolity you might expect from an Italian. Brussels Jazz Orchestra asked arranger Bert Joris to arrange a few selected pieces from Pieranunzi’s rich repertoire. Joris, who knows how to employ the full potential of the orchestra like no one else, succeeded in adapting these light, airy compositions for the larger forces of the BJO. With soloists Pieranunzi himself on piano and Bert Joris on trumpet, Brussels Jazz Orchestra will create an intimate and layered sound. A top-level European jazz project!

The CD The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi was recorded live in late August 2014 in De Werf in Bruges. W.E.R.F. label.

Also available on iTunes and Amazon Music.


Brussels Jazz Orchestra goes to Hungary


The Brussels Jazz Orchestra is going to Hungary in November to perform in Budapest. The capital city will host the international premiere of the new project The Sweetheart & The Daredevil , featuring live music combined with silent movies (a collaboration with the Royal Belgian Film Archive).

Note: the second Hungarian concert in Pécs, scheduled for 20 November, was unfortunately cancelled last week. But we are going to spend the unexpected free time creatively: from 10 to 12AM (on 20 Nov) jazz students can attend a masterclass by the BJO at the Lizst Academy in Budapest! Contact the academy for more info!

More info on the concert in Budapest.

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A Different Porgy & Another Bess: final concert!


All good songs must come to an end, and after reccording a CD and playing 16 concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Singapore, we’ll bring this fantastic project to a close on 3 October in Compiègne (80 km north of Paris).  So hurry to Espace Jean Lejendre for an evening with Maria João and David Linx in A Different Porgy & Another Bess. More info.

Open Air Concert Sunday 7 September

The Brussels Jazz Orchestra performs live at Sint-Jansplein, Antwerp, on Sunday 7 September. De Filharmonie, conducted by Dirk Brossé, invites BJO to perform with them at their annual free open air concert.

On the playlist:
Dangerous Liaison and Alone at last (composed by Bert Joris), Bluesette (composed by Toots Thielemans). Frank Vaganée will perform a saxophone solo in Taxi Driver (composed by Bernard Herrmann).
More info.


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Graphicology goes to Serbia


On 15 and 16 August the Brussels Jazz Orchestra will perform Graphicology twice in Serbia. The first stop is the wonderful festival Nisville Jazz in Niš. The next day, 16 August, we will perform Graphicology for the audience of Belgrade. More info.

Graphicology brings together big band jazz and graphic novel. Graphic novelist Philip Paquet — a noted jazz lover — selected some existing stories and thought up two new ones. Six composers wrote an accompanying soundtrack. The result is a ‘visual jazz score’: the stories have been edited into original videos projected on a large screen, while the Brussels Jazz Orchestra performs live the soundtrack to the images. A ground-breaking experience for jazz lovers and a surprising introduction to jazz for lovers of graphic novels!

A taster can be found on YouTube.

With the support of the Brussels-Capital Region