jazz from Brussels


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
to Brussels
Thrill Sextet + Mâäk quintet 07:30 pm The Jazz Bar tickets
Thrill Jam 10:30 pm The Jazz Bar tickets
New waves
in jazz
Strata + Antoine Pierre Urbex 08:00 pm St Bride's Centre tickets
to Brussels
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
to Brussels
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.


10.00 am– 02.00 pm
Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG



Queen’s Hall

85-89, Clerk Street,
Edinburgh EH8 9JG



How to find us

By bus

2, 3, 5, 8, 29, 30, 33, 49 (closest stops on Clerk St: St Patrick Square / Lutton Place)

On foot

Waverley train station - 20 mins; Royal Mile - 10 mins; University of Edinburgh - 5 mins.

By bike 

Plan your cycle route using this interactive map.

By car

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

By bus

LRT buses: 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 22, 25, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35 and 44 all stop in the area.

By car

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

By bus

Lothian Buses operate the following services close to the venue: 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 37, 45, 49 

By train

The closest station to the venue is Waverly station. 

By car

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:

  • Online: www.hubtickets.co.uk/ejbf

  • 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.