The Music Village


Upcoming events

A journez in Portugal and South American Ashley Marques (clarinet, vocals), Julien Gillain (piano, violin, vocals) “Alma e Vento” is a duo formed by Ashley Marques (clarinet) and Julien Gillain (piano and violin).From a jazz and classical background, they revisit songs of the Brazilian choro and traditional Portuguese repertoire as well as musical arrangements from other Latin-American countries. With their three instruments and their own voices, those two musicians take the audience on a refreshing journey in the Portuguese and South American culture. VIDEO LINK : TICKET: 15€ Members – No Members 18€
Jean Van Lint (Vocals), Peter Verhas (Sax), Stijn Wauters (Piano),Stefan Willems (Double Bass), Paul Bourdiaudhy (Drums) Frank Sinatra: “The Voice”, “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, “The Sultan of Swoon”, “The Chairman of the board”… Born in Hoboken New Jersey on December 12 1915, died in Los Angeles on May 14, 1998. One of the most influential entertainers of the 20th century. A man who influenced more than one generation around the world. His most important legacy is probably the impressive list of beautiful and unforgettable songs such as, “The Lady Is A Tramp”, “Strangers In The Night”, “My Way”, “Fly Me To The Moon”, just to name a few to name a few. For this tribute, Frank Sinatra’s repertoire is brought back to life brought to you by our Belgian crooner Jean Van Lint who adds his own ‘touch’ indicates. Jean Van Lint gets the help of a swinging jazz quartet to work together to deliver a compelling and entertaining program.  TICKET: 18€ Members – No Members  20€
The great 30’s swing era Lorenzo Cortés (guitar), Mathieu Meyer (Piano), Thomas Racine (Drums),Sylvain Hamel (Clarinette), Pauline Leblond (Trompette), Laurent Legal (Bass) Swing to Bop, a hot and rising Parisian sextet that plays music from the late 1930’s Swing Era, inspired by the Benny Goodman Sextet and led by Lorenzo Cortés, internationally renowned guitarist and specialist of the style of Charlie Christian. VIDEO LINK : TICKET: 18€ Members – No Members  20€
Francesca Murro (Vocals), Vincent Bruyninckx (Piano), Jeasen Weaver (Double Bass),Armando Luongo (Drums), Federico Milone (Alto Saxophone) Francesca Murro is a Jazz Singer from Italy who lives in Belgium. After the great opportunity of a traineeship at the Koninklijk Conservatoire as Assistant Professor of great singer David Linx she stayed in Brussels where she builts her quintet and tours regularly. Her Quintet plays Jazz history through its unforgettable Voices: Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Betty Carter etc. She teaches Jazz Vocals and studied with many of the greatest like Barry Harris, Roberta Gambarini, Norma Winston and many other. VIDEO LINK : 15€ Members – No Members  18€
Luca (lead, vocals), Patrick Deltenre (guitar), Fabrizio Erba (bass),Toto Poznantek (drums) A unique evening of à la carte covers.You’ll receive a list of hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.It’s up to you to choose what you’d most like to hear.All these hits will be beautifully interpreted by Luca and friends.Atmosphere guaranteed !!!TICKET: 15€ Members – No Members  18€
WARM SOUNDS Wajdi Riahi (piano), Federico Stocchi (bass), Daniel Jonkers (drums), Nathan Surquin (trombone) Nathan Surquin, a belgian jazz trombonist, brings his quartet to the Music Village. His universe oscillates between the music of the bassist Avishai Cohen and the pianist Brad Meldhau. Nathan has a unique way of playing the trombone. His lyricism and his warm sound will definitely take you on a trip through the whole concert. VIDEO LINK : 15€ Members – No Members 18€
Groovin’ High in Christmas  Pete Churchill (lead, piano, vocals), and 35 singers from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and from the Belgian scene Is it possible to have 35 singers on one stage, singing as one voice, in harmony, with one groove? And on the little podium of our jazz club? Well come and discover them yourself — we do not know yet where we will put them all!The Brussels Groove Collective (BGC), the jazz vocal group from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, is hosted in residence at the Music Village, which allows it to refine its program in the best conditions — Thank you Lucie!The BGC is directed by London-based pianist-singer Pete CHURCHILL. A great performer on stage, and a formidable bandmaster.Among the singers, there are some external reinforcements, not least: the guitarist Fabien Degryse, well known on the Belgian jazz scene, and the pianist Philippe Navarre who have joined the bass section. And the violinist Cécile Broché, a newcomer to the alti section.The choir’s repertoire is full of great standards from the worlds of jazz, gospel and groove. Songs by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Count Basie, and Pete Churchill. …Plus some special songs for this vocal concert with Christmas flavours. Atmosphere guaranteed! This is a rarity. It is prudent to book. TICKET: 15€ Members – No Members  18€
Ibernice Macbean (vocals), Ulli Jünemann (alto, soprano sax), Jeanfrançois Prins (guitar),Bo Waterschoot (bass), James Williams (drums) World class Vocalist Ibernice Macbean has a warm, rich and full voice, which complements her unwavering focus on melody, and feeling. She presents a wide repertoire from jazz to soul, R’nB and world music enriched by her Surinamese-African musical roots, together with German top saxophonist Ulli Jünemann and Belgian jazz guitar master Jeanfrançois Prins, whom she actually met here, onstage at the Music Village, as she was appearing with the Johan Clement trio. Ibernice constantly surprises her fan base with the diversity and artistic width of the many projects she is involved in, performing in her own jazz projects as and as a guest soloist which such luminaries as Paul Michiels and Soulsister, Zap Mama, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Toney Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Mark King (Level 42), J.T. Taylor (Kool & the Gang), the African Children’s Choir, among many others. In addition to being a guest Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and at the Codarts School in Rotterdam, Ibernice Macbean is a vocal coach for many popular Flemish TV shows, including The Voice of Flanders, The Masked Singer, I Can See Your Voice, and Belgium’s Got Talent. Besides Ulli Jünemann and Jeanfrançois Prins, she will be joined onstage by a fantastic rhythm section, composed of Bo Waterschoot on bass, and Belgium based US-drummer James Williams.This will be their first performance together. Reserve early! TICKET: 18€ Members – No Members  20€
Sam Ghezzi (vocals, tenor saxophone, conducting), Mo van der Does (clarinet),Coos Zwagerman (trumpet), Joan Codina (trombone), Oscar Ployart Wetche (piano),Davor Stehlik (banjo), Tomek van Leeuwen (upright bass), Joe Crotch (drums) Roaring Cats are one of Europe’s most promising bands regarding swing and hot jazz. The tiny orchestra based in Amsterdam took the challenge of giving value and new significance to the roots of jazz.Their repertoire consists of original arrangements of the finest tunes by the top artists of the 30’s and 40’s: from Fats Waller to Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington to Jimmie Lunceford. On top of that, they are presenting original compositions in style. Swell notes for hyperactive swing dancers and for sedentary drinking listeners.” VIDEO LINK : TICKET: 20€ Members – No Members  22€

Past events

A Tribute To Roy Hargrove Nathan Surquin (trombone), Ferdinand Lemoine (saxophone), Téo Crommen (guitar),Pierre-louis Barthélémy (electric bass), Dennis Vercauteren (drums) Nathan Surquin invites friends to pay homage to Roy Hargrove. During this night, you will travel through the repertoire of this brilliant trompetist. Passing by some of his masterpieces from the album Earfood to his records with The RH Factor as Distractions or Hard Groove. TICKET: 15€ Members – No Members 18€
EXCEPTIONAL CONCERT Momi MAIGA (vocals and kora), Aleix TOBIAS (drums, percussion and backing vocals),Carlos MONFORT (violin and backing vocals), Marçal AYATS (cello and backing vocals) “Nio” means “soul” in Mandinka, the native language of the young Senegalese musician, singer and songwriter Momi Maiga. Through his compositions, he tells us the story of the journey that every human being undertakes on earth, from birth to the moment of departure.Together with the Catalan percussionist Aleix Tobias Sabater, the exuberant Maçal Ayats on cello, and the meticulous Mexican violinist Carlos Monfort, three of the most talented musicians living in Catalonia, the show “Nio” becomes magic for all the senses.A dynamic and constant dialogue between three cultures and four great musicians. Casamance, Mexico and Catalonia merge into a sea of transcontinental sounds and rhythms that surprise every second.Momi’s unearthed voice dances between the twenty-two strings of the Kora. It is accompanied by the versatility and majestic sound of Marçal’s cello, the delicate and almost transparent sounds of Aleix Tobias and the multifarious sounds of Carlos Monfort’s violin.Fusion is the main ingredient of this exciting, energetic and deep show.The soul of the show, it becomes to life with a stage presence of the four musicians together on stage who capture the audience in an instant.This show is a co-production of Momi Maiga with La Marfà – Musical Creation Center, Fira Mediterrània de Manresa and Olot City Counci. VIDEO LINK : TICKET: 20€ Members – No Members 22€
Swing & New Orleans JazzLisett Wever (vocals), Romain Verwilghen (guitar), Franck Guetatra (sax/clarinet),Damien Campion (double bass), Daniel Duchateau (drums) Dutch vocalist Lisett Wever got inspired by jazz jam sessions in uptown Harlem and the second lines & gospel services in New Orleans during a solo trip to the US. Back in Brussels, she surrounds herself with the finest musicians.From Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong, Lisett Quintet will take you on a musical journey across the US. Come listen to some great swing and New Orleans jazz and anecdotes in English and French!  TICKET: 15€ Members – No Members 18€
THE NEW YORKERS Mathieu De Wit (music director and piano), Tom McGuire (vocals),Ramon van Merkenstein (double bass) and Lieven Venken (drums) Celebrate New York City’s jazz influence on The Great American Songbook. This concert features iconic composers and crooners with deep ties to the Big Apple.Experience the brilliance of New York City composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin, whose golden melodies have endured over decades. Enjoy jazz classics by singers such as Tony Bennett, Johnny Hartman, Mel Tormé, and Frank Sinatra, who were born or lived in New York City.All in all, this concert presents a popular soundtrack of an integral part of jazz history as originated in New York, New York.Directed by pianist Mathieu De Wit, this international band radiates creative energy through jazz jewels. The band’s rhythm section is driven by bassist Ramon van Merkenstein and drummer Lieven Venken. Broadway vocalist Tom McGuire croons with his New York style. VIDEO LINK : 18€ Members – No Members 20€
“Swinging with Django” Livio Luzzi (Violin), Romain Verwilghen (Guitar), Alain Decroix (Accordion, Piano),Antoine Lissoir (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet), Julien Cuvelier (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet),Julien Delbrouck (Barytone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet), Raphaël Hallez (Trumpet),Antoine Marcel (Trumpet),Timothé Lemaire (Trombone), JB Guerrier (Double Bass), Daniel Duchateau (Drums) Created in Brussels in 2017, the HLBB is the result of nocturnal encounters during after hours jam sessions at Bar Herman and Stompin’At Saint Gilles. The eleven musicians of this “small” large ensemble share their passion for Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams and many others. The ensemble is characterized in particular by the interpretation of original arrangements written by the various members of the band but also by an atypical orchestration where violin and accordion dialogue with woodwinds and brass.While continuing their exploration of the repertoire of the “Swing Era”, they are currently deepening a repertoire entirely dedicated to the singularity of the work of the fabulous gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt: “Swinging with Django”. VIDEO LINK : TICKET: 20€ Members – No Members 22€
This year is the eighth year of the Jazz Vocal course at Brussels Royal Conservatoire.With just four singers at the start ‘Chant Jazz’ at CRB is now firmly established – with a community of between ten and twelve singers enrolled at any one time.Under the guidance of Pete Churchill these singers are fast becoming a positive force on the Brussels Jazz scene and tonight is a chance to hear these Jazz Singers of tomorrow in the intimate surroundings of one of the great Jazz Clubs of Europe. They will be accompanied by the Pete Churchill Trio. Pete ChurchillIn a long international career as a pianist, singer, choral director and conductor, Pete Churchill was, for fifteen years, accompanist to the great Mark Murphy with further collaborations over the years with Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler, Abdullah Ibrahim and many more.FREE ENTRANCE
Sal La Rocca Invit Bart Defoort & Friends Bart Defoort (t.sax), Ron van Rossum (piano), Sal La Rocca (double bass),Umberto Odone (drums) The Bruges saxophonist Bart Defoort brings class experienced musicians to a well-filled Jazz attic for a great concert. Bart Defoort has been a permanent member of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra for a long time and rarely makes his own records, but he is even better live and especially in small venues. They play a series of compelling compositions with tempo accelerations that are rooted in jazz history but sound fresh at the same time. They play some lesser-known classics by Duke Ellington (Blues in blue print) or a swinging ‘House party starting’ by Herbie Nichols from the Blue Note period that is reminiscent of Elmo Hope and Bud Powell. There is also a ballad, such as ‘total eclipse’ by vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson.Of course Bart also plays his own work, such as ‘with you it is’ (fast hard bop with tempo changes and heavy drumming).TICKET: 15€ Members – No Members  18€
GHS is a Brussels based band created in 2018 around three musicians and friends who met in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.The trio originated from Gilad Hekselman’s idea of a « bassless trio » , substituing the instrument with down octaving effects on the guitar and synthetising bass on keyboard.The artistic direction of the band grew away from that first inspiration, as the influences of their teachers and mentors from the famous belgian trio Aka Moon took over, in deeply connected improvisations and rythmical games, tainted with jazz fusion sonorities.The band recorded last year a first album which is about to get released, figuring compositions of every members, and a cover from Aka Moon.For this special occasion in the Music Village, GHS will be playing their compositions in a more standard setting, with Oscar Georges on double bass as a special guest. VIDEO LINK : ENTRANCE
Wajdi Riahi (piano), Mehdi Azaiez (guitar), Basile Rahola (bass), Pierre Hurty (drums)  “Wajdi invite his friend Mehdi to play a concert full of musical moments between old and new jazz standards, with Basile Rahola on double bass and Pierre Hurty on drums, don’t miss it” TICKET: 15€ Members – No Members  18€
Two Voices, one Great Evening  Evelina Pabarciute (Vocals), Pepa Niebla (Vocals),Mathieu De Wit (Piano), Sal La Rocca (Double Bass), Armando Luongo (Drums)   Evelina and Pepa are two great jazz singers who met in Brussels. They both come from a traditionnal jazz root but also have have a strong connection to Gospel and Soul Music. This concert is a great opportunity to reunite those great voices around a celebration of Afro-American music. A repertoire full of suprises. Not to be missed ! Singers Sunday! On the last Sunday of every month, The Music Village presents a special concert with the spotlight on vocalists. Every month is a different theme, featuring a pair of professional singers. It’s a monthly celebration of passion for vocal jazz accompanied by a trio of top musicians. TICKET: 18€ Members – No Members  20€