JAZZ IN BELGIUM is the web site (launched in '96 as "www.jazzinbelgium.org") of LES LUNDIS D'HORTENSE, the Belgian association of jazz musicians, created as a promotion tool for the Belgian jazzmen, their activities and productions, and for the Belgian jazz scene in general.
At the beginning there were two enthusiastic voluntaries, who soon became "victims" of the success of the site, released in October 96, seen the ever increasing volume of updates.
Enters Renaud Janson, a visionary, who hosted the site and assisted us in the transformation from artisan handling into more professional methods.
However, the constant increase in handling obliged us to seek a better way of operating.
After countless hours and days of analysis, a project was put up and presented to the board of Lundis d'Hortense, meeting their full approval.
Enters in 2005 Victor Zamouline-Prescott, a conceptor and magician (ex. Jazz Valley, F), who undertook the re-construction of the site, done with exceptional talent coupled with in-depth experience of jazz.
Launched in September 2005, the new web site has now adopted the .com suffix. It is more practical, we do hope enabling us to move into high gear.
The navigation, aside from the familiar topics that are now simpler and more practical to navigate, went through some fine tuning.
The navigation and the introducing texts are trilingual (the contents, however, remain dependent on the providing source with an effort from us).
A new very sophisticated feature is the concerts agenda providing detailed information of all programmed events in Belgium. The tool is also integrated into the musicians and bands pages featuring their upcoming schedules.
It is a tall order to keep it updated (see our request for assistance down the page).
The site draws a bigger audience than ever.
In March 2007, a series of improvements were introduced into the site by our team :
audio samples in the albums pages
an improved search tool
the possibility to subscribe to a Newsletter
several improvements in the user interface : more direct access (1-click) to the concert calendar, festivals, more detailed information in the catalogues of the record labels etc...
Have fun while discovering the innovations.
This site is the result of a teamwork, voluntarism, friendships and hard work.
Special thanks to :
Renaud for his guidance and implication
Victor for his unbelievable know-how
The musicians who financially contributed by offering their fee on the occasion of the 2004 Jazz Marathon :
l'Ame des Poètes, Foofango, Slang, qUETZAL, Victor da Costa Trio, @70's, Michel Debrulle solo.
The board of Lundis d'Hortense for its support, Manu Hermia who got us out of a dead end and Jean-Louis Rassinfosse for his enthusiastic follow up.
Katy and Laurent, at the office of the Lundis d'Hortense
Hanan Ahlfeld for the logo
Peter Hertmans and Monique Oz for the translations
Annemarie and Marta for encoding the data for the concert calendar
Jos Knaepen, Jacky Lepage and all their colleagues photographers, as well as Yves Budin for his drawings
... and to you, for your regular visits and support
Your Webmasters (Ilan Oz & Michel Herr)