It’s time for the Belgian Jazz Meeting again



On 5-6 April, several Belgian jazz organisations join forces again to put up the next Belgian Jazz Meeting, this time in the marvellous Handelsbeurs Concertzaal in Ghent. The BJM is a biennial international network meeting and showcase festival for the professional jazz sector, with as its primary aim: promoting the Belgian jazz scene abroad.

As every time, the Belgian Jazz Meeting offers international professionals a taste of Belgian jazz by inviting them to showcase concerts of some of our finest musicians. The 2019 edition promises to be somewhat more special still, as we collaborate with the Europe Jazz Network, the largest formal jazz network of Europe. Concretely, we combine the Belgian Jazz Meeting with the Artistic Exchange Platform (AEP), implying we will be hosting meetings of Europe’s most respected promoters, before inviting them to our showcase festival.

These are the selected bands for the Belgian Jazz Meeting showcases: Dijf Sanders, Donder, Eve Beuvens-Mikael Godée Quartet, Fundament, Jean-Paul Estiévenart Trio, Julien Tassin Trio, Les Chroniques de l'Inutile, Lynn Cassiers' Imaginary Band, Ottla and The Wrong Object.

The meeting originated as the Flemish Jazz Meeting in 2005, an initiative by the late Rik Bevernage (RIP) from De WERF (Bruges, now KAAP) and Flanders Arts Institute. Since 2013 it is a collaboration between partners from both the Flemish and the French-speaking community, namely Flanders Arts Institute, JazzLab, Handelsbeurs, KAAP, Museact (Les Lundis d’Hortense, Gaume Jazz Festival, Igloo/Sowarex, JazzStation, Ecoutez-voir,…) and Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques. It receives financial support of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap, the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Sabam & Wallonie-Bruxelles International, and for this edition also the City of Ghent.
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