Brussels and jazz, have been intertwined for many years.
Europe’s capital is historically linked to the genre through Adolphe Sax, the Belgian inventor of the saxophone; Django Reinhardt, the Belgian pioneer of gypsy jazz; and Toots Thielemans, the Brussels jazz icon who was one of the first European musicians to be accepted into the thriving New York jazz scene.
Today Brussels is at the crossroads of many cultures taking Belgian jazz in new and exciting directions with influences from Moroccan drummers, AKA Pygmies, Senegal and New York.
Thrill presents 10 concerts that highlight the best of the new Brussels jazz scene.
Les Violons de Bruxelles / Rose Room / Thrill Sextet / Mâäk Quintet / Thrill Jam / Oriental Jazz Project / Martin Salemi Trio / Strata / Antoine Pierre Urbex / ESINAM / Toine Thys Trio feat. Hervé Samb / Colin Steele Quintet / Brandhaard / Aka Moon / Laura MacDonald’s History of Sax / Echoes of Zoo
|Les Violons de Bruxelles + Rose Room||08:00 pm||Queen's Hall||tickets|
|Thrill Sextet + Mâäk quintet||07:30 pm||The Jazz Bar||tickets|
|Thrill Jam||10:30 pm||The Jazz Bar||tickets|
|Strata + Antoine Pierre Urbex||08:00 pm||St Bride's Centre||tickets|
|Oriental Jazz Project + Martin Salemi Trio||07:30 pm||The Jazz Bar||tickets|
|ESINAM||10:30 pm||The Jazz Bar||tickets|
|Saxturday||Thrill the City||11:00 am||Royal Mile, outside the Fringe Office||Free event|
|Toine Thys Trio feat. Hervé Samb + Colin Steele Quintet||06:00 pm||St Bride's Centre||tickets|
|Aka Moon + Laura MacDonald’s History of Sax||09:00 pm||St Bride's Centre||tickets|
|Brandhaard||07:30 pm||The Jazz Bar||tickets|
|Echoes of Zoo||10:00 pm||The Jazz Bar||tickets|
Professional Conference @ Creative Scotland
In close collaboration with Creative Scotland we organize a meeting for jazz professionals of both regions Brussels and Scotland.
As a follow-up from the professional conference during Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival organised with Edinburgh Napier University, we invite organisers, musicians and journalists to participate and share their perspectives on their regional and international careers and workspaces.
Each region will give a small presentation on how their jazz scene is organized, who are the key players? How does funding work? How can you have a career?
The presentations followed by open debate will be closed with a networking dinner.
Please register here if you wish to participate.
85-89, Clerk Street,
Edinburgh EH8 9JG
How to find us
2, 3, 5, 8, 29, 30, 33, 49 (closest stops on Clerk St: St Patrick Square / Lutton Place)
Waverley train station - 20 mins; Royal Mile - 10 mins; University of Edinburgh - 5 mins.
There is limited on-street parking on single yellow lines available in the evenings; please check road signs for details. The nearest car park is at 62 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh EH8 9SW. Parking 5pm-midnight costs £5.
St Bride’s Centre
10 Orwell Terrace,
Edinburgh EH11 2DZ, UK
How to find us
LRT buses: 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 22, 25, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35 and 44 all stop in the area.
Parking is limited in the area around St Bride’s. The 24 hour, 825 capacity Fountain Park Car Park has covered parking, accessible from both Dundee Street and the Western Approach Road. It is a short walk (300m) away through the Telfer Subway which leads to Orwell Terrace.
The Jazz Bar
1 Chambers Street,
Edinburgh EH1 1HR
How to find us
Lothian Buses operate the following services close to the venue: 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 37, 45, 49
The closest station to the venue is Waverly station.
There are limited car parking spaces in the streets surrounding the venue. We recommend taking public transport or taxi to avoid disappointment.
Hub Tickets are our central box office:
By Phone: 0131 473 2000
In Person: Hub Tickets, Castlehill Edinburgh, EH1 2NE
Pre-bought tickets can be collected from the relevant box-offices 30 minutes before the concert starts.
Tickets for Beyond Django are also available via The Queens’ Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG or via 0131 668 2019
Thrill offers Carers Go Free tickets to events at St Brides and The Queen’s Hall (please contact the Queen’s Hall box office direct. )
“ In recent years, more and more jazz bands are emerging in Brussels. A thriving scene made up of young talents such as Antoine Pierre, Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Melanie De Biasio and Esinam Dogbatse, which illustrate the creativity and mix of Brussels. But also leading figures such as Aka Moon or Philip Catherine. Not to mention the legend of Brussels jazz, Toots Thielemans who made the name of Brussels sound in several legendary albums of great American stars. Edinburgh, a city known internationally for its cultural live and Jazz Festival, which welcomes thousands of visitors every year, has a large network of venues and partners in the area, which will allow our artists to perform in prestigious venues, have the pleasure of playing with Scottish musicians and thus broadening their audience. ”
Rachid Madrane, Minister of Promotion of Brussels at the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.