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Falling in love with the voice of Chrystel Wautier

In Artist of the Month, Few written notes, jazz on March 3, 2016 at 11:55 am

Dear friends,

Spring is the period if the year to fall in love… with Chrystel Wautier. If you don’t know her, I will try to tell you all you need :-).

You know, sometimes you hear warm and soft voices and you can’t resist, that was so the first time I met Chrystel Wautier. This Belgian jazz singer is a model for those you sing jazz. Listen to “born to be blue” and you will feel a voice put on the right tempo on the right way, with the right inflections. Listen to this version here.

We are lucky, very lucky because she has released on February 19th 2016 a new CD that brings fresh air! Listen to “Before a song” and you will feel spring around you! Looking at the mirror, putting some mascara on your eyelashes, being happy in the street…is not what you think :-).  Find the answer in the song “You make me feel so good“.

Chrystel got the first price at the Jazz Conservatory of Brussels in 2002, she worked with the most famous Belgian Jazz musicians and now she crosses borders!

If you want a last whisper in your ears, listen to this !

Her website is in French but if you need a translation, ask me 🙂

www.chrystelwautier.com

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The soul of a jazz club: Tony Rosales

In Artist of the Month on January 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Dear friends,

Happy new year to all of you!

This time I would like to bring the light on what I call “the soul of a jazz club”. You know, these musicians hidden by a piano in a corner of a club. Without them, no music, with them, we feel like home! This month I present you Tony Rosales. He grew up in Long Island, New York but it’s in Carolina that he continued to cultivate his sound. You can listen to him 6 evenings per week in the Midtown Bistro in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

He has a new album and I like so much the titles :

Do not hesitate to have a look at his complete new album on the following link : Album

Tony, I wish you the best for 2016 and I hope you will continue to play, improvise and create music for a long time with your golden fingers!

Céline

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Jens Maurits Bouttery: when a young jazz drummer steals the show…

In Artist of the Month, jazz on June 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Dear friends,

It’s my pleasure to share with you a portrait of a young Belgian jazz drummer, because when an excellent drummer steals the show, it has to be underlined ! 🙂

Born in Belgium in 1988, he has completed his master degree in 2011 in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, but before ending his studies, he already won the 2nd price of Dexia Classics Contest for percussion (2006)! Five years later, he also won the price for best solo player at the Brussels Jazz Marathon XLJazz Contest 2011 and finally the Toots Thielemans Jazz Award 2011 for school career and final project “The Dubtapes”.

Winning awards is a good thing but setting fire on the stage requires great art that Jens obtained with is double formation: theater (he won also several awards in this art).

Now just listen to him and enjoy !

Céline

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqPpH7cmLAQ&feature=youtu.be

http://www.jensbouttery.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98cHN6WyLjo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEsy6sTgRuQ

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The strange sounds of Sophie Tassignon and Peter Van Huffel

In Artist of the Month, Few written notes, Jazz Clubs, Jazz Singers of the month on February 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

Dear friends,

For those who really like music without borders, in danger, deconstructed and recomposed to try some new sounds, please become fan of Sophie Tassignon and Peter Van Huffel. Sophie is well known for her impressive solos and improvisations that break the codes.

Their new CD “House of Mirrors” is composed by <<a myriad of tones and timbres, multiplied, fragmented, and re-sequenced like some devil’s DNA. Peter Van Huffel and Sophie Tassignon’s creations move through the nexus of centuries-old traditions and spur-of-the-moment impulse.  Within, there’s jazz, there’s the 20th century chamber music of Schoenberg and Webern, and the contrapuntal free improv of Bailey, Parker, and von Schlippenbach. The old stones in this garden speak of long-lost Eastern European folk tunes, the Weimar cabaret of Weill and Brecht, and of the tales of a forest canopy and the burrowing creatures beneath>>- Dave Wayne (Santa Fe, NM, USA)

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This new CD is the result of the art of great musicians:

Sophie Tassignon (B) – voice
Peter Van Huffel (CAN) – clarinet, alto & soprano saxophones

Julie Sassoon (UK) – piano
Miles Perkin (CAN) – bass

Have a look at this link on YouTube but be prepared to hear something new :-). 

Enjoy and discover,

Céline

P.S.: If you travel and stop in Brussels on March 13, you will have the immense pleasure to listen to Sophie and her friend Suzanne singing on folk atmosphere. They will be at the Music village presenting “Folk Tassignon“.

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Kristen Cornwell: When an Australian Jazz talent meets Europe

In Artist of the Month on November 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

Dear Friends,

Sometimes, I have the huge pleasure to discover Jazz Singers who move me from inside. If you don’t know her, Kristen Cornwell is one of those remarkable singers who can sing with an absolute vocal technique and it seems to be so natural !

Her last CD “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” mixes fresh arrangements with classic interpretations. It is a pure delight, that why I couldn’t keep it for myself 🙂 !

Please take the time to seat down comfortably, relax and listen one of the tunes:

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Enjoy !

Céline

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Here are some elements of her biography:

“The musician’s singer”, Kristen Cornwell enjoyed status as one of Australia’s most respected jazz singers for over 10 years before moving to Belgium in 2004. A graduate in Jazz of the National Institute of the Arts at The Australian National University she was a MO Award nominee in the Jazz Vocalist Section for four years running and a finalist in the National Jazz Awards. Kristen has also attained her Masters in jazz performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels and established her own quintet. This quintet features some of Europe’s finest musicians: Pascal Schumacher (LUX) on vibraphone, Frederik Leroux (B) on guitar, Dennis Frehse (D) on drums and Christophe Devisscher (B) on bass.

She worked with notable musicians including Don Burrows, James Morrison, Julian Lee, George Golla, Scott Hamilton, Carl Orr, Sandy Evans and The Australian Art Orchestra. She toured China twice with Don Burrows and along with two CD’s under her own name has featured on CD’s by Guitarist’s Jeremy Sawkins (‘Toys’), Carl Orr (‘Mean It’ and ‘Blue Thing’) and Steve Hunter (‘Condition Human’).

Kristen was part of the outstandingly successful homage to Charlie Parker by Sandy Evans, ‘Testimony’, which was presented in the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2002 Sydney Festival. In April 2008 Kristen released her first CD in Europe with her quintet, Distant Skies, on the Belgian record label Jules Jazz.  “a dazzling CD” according to Jazz Flits in Holland. In 2012 Kristen released a second CD in Europe, Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love and mixes fresh arrangements with classic interpretations. “It is fantastic how (this recording) drips with decadence” (Jazzflits NL April 2012). On this recording Kristen comes into her own as a mature story-teller and a singer of supreme expressiveness. In April 2013 Kristen was invited to sing in Belgium with the Duke Ellington Big Band on their concert hall tour of Europe.

Jazz: Free showcase in Brussels on Saturday 15 June 2013

In Artist of the Month, jazz, Jazz Singers of the month on June 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

Dear friends,

It’s my pleasure to announce you that a fantastic Jazz duo will share with us their new album.

Cozier & Hermans Duo have created a fabulous album which mixes perfectly the voice of Géraldine Cozier and the piano of Georges Hermans. Both of them have years of stage experience and dedicate their lives to jazz.

They revisit some standards or songs on a light atmosphere but with a very precise knowledge of all jazz codes.

Be in Brussels in the Fnac Toison d’Or on Saturday 15 June at 5.30 pm. You won’t be disappointed !

It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s excellent !

Here is the link of their site on which you can listen to their brilliant duo:

http://www.cozierhermansduo.com/#/ep

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