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Bart Defoort NewsAPRIL 2018

Happy to announce that my QUINTET invited to play on 2 nice festivals : Gent Jazz on July 6th,and on the “Grand Place” of Brussels on May 25th for the Brussels Jazz Weekend.

The Quintet has also a nice tour in the months of May and June,playing the music of our CD “Inner WAVES”…Check out the dates in the “concerts” part on this site.

We’re playing a lot with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra,presenting the music of our latest CD with Tutu Puoane as a guest.

Keep swinging & groovin’.


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Some nice concerts and projects coming in these first coming months of 2018: see in the concerts agenda page

With my Quintet and the repertoire of our latest CD “Inner Waves”,we ‘ll play 10 concerts in Belgium. On July 6th ,we’ll play at the GENT JAZZ Festival.

With The BRUSSELS JAZZ ORCHESTRA BJO ,we have a very nice new CD with the South African singer Tutu Puoane,called “We Have A Dream”with great arrangements of songs by Nina Simone, Donnie Hathaway, Marvin Gaye ,Sting,etc…Songs with important lyrics about human rights.Tutu sings them beautifully with a lot of soul . We’ll play this repertoire of this CD Live this coming months in Belgium and Holland , and we’ll play it in New-York at Jazz at Lincoln Center in February 2019.We will also continue to play the music of and with Bert Joris,the music of Jacques Brel with singer David Linx,,etc…

The CD “SMOOTH SHAKE” of the BJO with the music of Bert Joris + Bert Joris on Trumpet was mentioned as one of the BEST JAZZ Albums of 2017 in Downbeat Magazine.

MARCH 2017

It's a "Cliché " , because it's true: "Time Flies”...I have finally updated my Concert Agenda and plan to update it more often:)) !

With the BART DEFOORT QUINTET ,we are soon playing again .It's always great and serious fun to play the original compositions of our CD "Inner Waves" with the band.And as with every CD : once it's recorded ,the music keeps on evolving,we look for the different and new ways to play and approach it, the freedom and fun to be creating new improvisations ,interacting with the band "in the moment of playing" ,like jugglers , juggling with the notes and rhythms.

Our CD has been elected "2nd Best Belgian Jazz CD of 2016" by 1800 listeners of the Belgian Radio Program "Jazz Rules". It's always "heart-warming" to get reactions like that on your music,and surely by the listeners ,who listen with their hearts and love for the music....Thank You!

Some QUINTET concerts already in April,May 2017 and the Spring of 2018 and I hope much more to come!

With the BJO we had some great musical moments these last couple of months. And what a joy to play with thes "cats" since the birth of the orchestra,already 23 Years ! ( You see that "time flies":))

We have played some very nice CD Release Concerts with Bert Joris. The CD is called "Smooth Shake" and is our third CD with him.Bert Joris is really "something else" ,he's on a very high ,International and personal level of composing , arranging and playing. Very deep level of expression,composing AND playing -wise.He's just one of my favourite Jazzmusicians worldwide.I feel blessed to play this music with him and the BJO. Check out our upcoming concerts in September 2018 in great venues. Only 3 concerts.... I really hope we'll play much more with this music, because Bert deserves this.

We have been playing a lot of "Brel" Concerts with David Linx and have been playing the great and beautiful music of Gil Evans of the '40's and '50's under the guidance of Ryan Trusdell.

We are preparing some new projects and a new CD recording in June with Tutu Puoane " We Have A Dream",on which we 'll play new arrangements on Songs about Freedom.

That's all for now...thanks for passing by on this website & hope to see you on one of the concerts.

All the best,



Since the release of our CD "Inner Waves", the quintet has been playing several concerts, like the Jazzfestival "Jazz à Liège", the Labelnight of the Werf,and several Jazzclubs. The band sounds better and better and we take great pleasure in bringing new versions of the tunes we've recorded on the album.We also got some airplay on the national radio stations and the CD received a lot of fine reviews.You can read them at the "Press" section.There is also a long interview with me in the October 2016 issue of the Flemish Jazzmagazine "Jazzmozaïek".


NEW CD will be coming out in May 2016.

The CD is called "INNER WAVES" by the Bart Defoort Quintet. The musicians are:

Ewout Pierreux , Piano // Hans Van Oost , Guitar // Christophe Devisscher , Double Bass // Toni Vitacolonna ,Drums // Bart Defoort Tenor Sax

It features 8 new tunes of mine + 1 tune by Hans.

It's the 4th CD under my name on the Label of the Music & Arts Center in Bruges called De WERF. ( ) As always ,it has been great to work with them and I am grateful to them in producing this album.

We have recorded the CD in 2 days last November in the beautiful studio " Fattoria Musica " in Osnabrück,Germany.

In the video -section ,you can watch 3 of the tunes,recorded and filmed at the club JAZZSTATION in Brussels a couple of weeks ago.