March 19 to 29, the eighth edition of Leuven Jazz offers over 50 activities and puts jazzwomen within the spotlights. This year’s programme features international stars, many young new talent, also as interesting jazz documentaries and family productions.
Leuven Jazz will put the spotlight on jazzwomen, including singers, trumpeters, bass players, drummers, etc… In ‘She’s On The Jazz – Isolde & Friends’, drummer Isolde Lasoen will browse the history of jazz. She gathers an all-star band and soloists such as Naomi Sijmons (Reena Riot), Bert Ostyn (Absynthe Minded), Gregory Frateur (Dez Mona), and two young talents: kora player Lubiana and singer Elisabeth Atieno as well.
Singer-pianist Kandace Springs will launch her new CD, in an all-female power trio and award-winning trumpeter Laura Jurd will also present her new album ‘Stepping Back, Jumping In’ with a live band.
The youngsters of SCHNTZL along with the LUCA Bigband will pay tribute to Miriam Makeba and pianist An Pierlé will launch her new Quartet, with Koen Gisen and Zoe Modiga.
From the New York scene comes singer-guitarist Camila Meza feat bass player Or Bareket. Also present this year: singers Ibernice MacBean, Sofia Jernberg, and clarinettist Hélène Duret (with her group Synestet).
Young and gifted
Since its beginnings, Leuven Jazz likes to offer a platform to young jazz talents. This edition, pianist Bram De Looze and the SCHNTZL duo will also launch their new albums, just alike pianist Elliot Galvin.
The B-Jazz International Contest remains one among the foremost important European jazz competitions for young musicians. Six bands, from Italy, Australia, Poland, Switzerland, and Holland will battle it call at two finals.
The future jazz trio PAARD. And therefore the refore the youngsters of John Ghost will play free concerts at STUK Café and the students of the LUCA jazz department invite you to some fine lunch and after-work concerts.
Finally, rising star bass player Cyrille Obermüller will perform in his home town with pianist Eve Beuvens and trumpeter Sam Versweyveld.