Brussels Jazz Orchestra

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Brussels Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Festival Nišville 2012.

Brussels Jazz Orchestra is a Belgian jazz big band founded in 1993 by saxophonist and composer Frank Vaganée. They recorded their first CD in 1997. In a few years, this band has collaborated with some of the most famous composers/arrangers of the international jazz scene : Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, Bill Holman, Kenny Werner, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Wheeler, and with guests like McCoy Tyner, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Wallace Rooney, Norma Winstone, Gianluigi Trovesi, Philip Catherine, Jeanne Lee, Toots Thielemans, Lee Konitz, David Linx, Gustavo Bergalli, Richard Galliano etc... as well as Belgian composers/arrangers like Bert Joris, Michel Herr, Erwin Vann, Jean Warland and leader Frank Vaganée himself.

They played in numerous festivals in Europe and in the US, where the Downbeat jazz magazine placed them 8th in the critics poll in 2004.

Current line-up[edit]


  • Live (1997)
  • The September Sessions (1999)
  • The Music Of Bert Joris (2002)
  • Kenny Werner Plays His Music With The Brussels Jazz Orchestra (2003)
  • Meeting Colours - with Philip Catherine (2005)
  • Countermove (2006)
  • Dangerous Liaison - Bert Joris with deFilharmonie (2006)
  • Changing Faces - with David Linx (Oct. 2007)
  • The Music of Michel Herr (Feb. 2008)
  • JazzOlympics (2 tracks, including 1 with David Linx/Michel Herr) (July 2008)
  • Ten Years Ago - with Richard Galliano (2008)
  • Mama Africa - with Tutu Puoane (2010)
  • Signs and Signatures - with Bert Joris (2010)
  • Guided Dream - with Dave Liebman (2011)
  • A Different Porgy & Another Bess - with David Linx and Maria João (2012)