This was Belgian Jazz Meeting 2022!

It has been a pleasure and an honor seeing Le Delta, Namur, flood with all of you – artists, managers, bookers, promotors, programmers and enthusiasts – during the weekend of 11 and 12 February. One of the rare live events during these online mandated times, we have enjoyed every minute of the Meeting and are looking forward to see the results of the many fruitful conversations that filled the Foyer. This event could not have taken place without you all, and hence we would like to sincerely thank you for making BJM2022 one to remember! For pictures we refer to our Facebook page which will be updated with more reviews, live-video’s and an after-movie over the next couple weeks. Additionally, we would like to have your opinion about the event in order to even further improve the quality of our showcase and networking event in the future.

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you all again!

Grand Picture Palace cancelled, Alex Koo joins the line up!

Unfortunately, Anneleen Boehme’s Grand Picture Palace will not play during the Belgian Jazz Meeting, taking place in Le Delta (Namur) in two weeks. Luckily we could add the new project of pianist Alex Koo to the line up, a true worthy alternative!

‘Belgium is too small for pianist Alex Koo,’ praises De Tijd. ‘Stunningly original,’ celebrates the American Downbeat Magazine, which promptly selected his album Appleblueseagreen in their Best Albums of 2019. No wonder that the Belgian-Japanese sound wizard has already worked with international heavyweights such as Craig Taborn, Kurt Elling, Mark Turner and Ralph Alessi.

Commissioned by Bozar, he composed a series of piano Études inspired by Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Taborn and Reich. Touching storytelling, narrated through conventional and not-so-conventional piano techniques. This program will be presented in premiere on May 8th 2022 at Bozar’s Main Hall. The album recording is set for Spring 2022, at Bozar, with the CD release planned for season 22-23.

More information on the program & showcasing bands here.

Belgian Jazz Meeting postponed

The fifth edition of Belgian Jazz Meeting, a renowned Belgian network meeting & showcase festival organised every two years by JazzLab, Museact, VI.BE and Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques, was originally scheduled for February 2021. Unfortunately, the event had to be postponed due to COVID. Our first objective was to reschedule the event to June 2021. However, the bad COVID-19 situation in Belgium forced us to – again – delay the meeting.

We are now pleased to announce that the next Belgian Jazz Meeting will take place on 11 and 12 February 2022 in Namen at Cultural Centre Le Delta. Save the date!

More information will be shared very soon.

Registrations are finished!

The registrations for international guests and Belgian professionals are closed now. All places are filled. We are looking forward to greeting a lovely crowd of people in Ghent.

If you still want to join us for the concerts, you can, by buying a ticket via Handelsbeurs:–dag-1–dag-2

And after the official BJM selection, you can continue the jazz vibe with the Belgian Jazz Late Night. Two nights of jazz clubbing in Ghent, spread throughout the city.

See you there!

Save the Date!

With great pleasure we ask you to mark Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April 2019 in your agendas for the 5th edition of the Belgian Jazz Meeting!

This meeting, which will take place in the Handelsbeurs Concerthall in Ghent, will give you the chance to discover the richness of the contemporary Belgian jazz scene. with 2 days of showcases and network opportunities for Belgian and international jazz professionals. Watch the aftermovie of the previous edition of the Belgian Jazz Meeting (2017) here.

The international invitations will be sent out the coming month, and in January Belgian professionals can expect an invite. With this invitation you can register, but be aware that places are limited.
This time, however, there will also be tickets available for non-professional jazz lovers. Keep you eyes peeled for the ticket sales on the Handelsbeurs website.

These are the selected bands: Dijf Sanders, Donder, Eve Beuvens-Mikael Godée Quartet, Fundament, Jean-Paul Estiévenart Trio, Julien Tassin Trio, Les Chroniques de l’Inutile, Lynn Cassiers’ Imaginary Band, Ottla and The Wrong Object.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

The puzzle has been laid!

A big thank you to all the wonderful musicians who submitted their application for this upcoming Belgian Jazz Meeting. They set the jury with an extremely difficult task, as there were so many amazing projects to choose from. Nevertheless, jury members from all sides of the country have put their heads together and have selected 10 bands to represent our Belgian jazz scene for the international audience in April.

The final programme will be made public in September. To all musicians who registered, thank you and keep making that wonderful music!

Call for musicians! (FR)


DEADLINE: vendredi 8 juin 2018

Cet appel s’adresse aux groupes et musiciens de jazz professionnels belges ayant un projet jazz assez original et abouti pour intéresser la scène internationale.

Le Belgian Jazz Meeting est un moment de rencontre international pour le secteur professionnel  du jazz avec comme objectif principal la promotion du jazz belge à l’étranger. En 2019, cette rencontre biennale sera organisée en collaboration avec le Europe Jazz Network dans le cadre de leur Artistic Exchange Platform. De ce fait, le Belgian Jazz Meeting sera programmé un peu plus tôt, c’est-à-dire les 5 & 6 avril 2019 à Gand (Handelsbeurs Concertzaal).

Comme chaque édition, le Belgian Jazz Meeting proposera plusieurs showcases de groupes  pour faire goûter notre jazz belge aux programmateurs et journalistes internationaux. Cet appel à candidature est destiné aux musiciens qui souhaitent s’inscrire pour les showcases. La programmation des showcases sera établie par un petit comité de professionals de jazz qui ont une connaissance approfondie de la scène nationale et internationale du jazz. Il y aura un jury par communauté.


* Les musiciens doivent être disponibles pendant le week-end du 5 et 6 Avril 2019

* Les musiciens doivent être prêts à jouer un concert (40 minutes) pour un montant forfaitaire de 150 € par musicien.

Pour proposer votre groupe, compléter le formulaire en ligne :

Cet appel est également distribué du côté néerlandophone. Les musiciens / projets éligibles tant du côté flamand que wallon sont invités à opter pour l’un ou l’autre. En cas d’une double entrée, une des inscriptions sera supprimée; vous n’avez donc pas de chance supplémentaire en vous inscrivant des deux côtés. Les organisateurs se réservent le droit de transférer un groupe dans les inscriptions de l’autre communauté s’ils estiment que ce groupe dépend plus de celle-ci.

Le Belgian Jazz Meeting est organisé en collaboration par le Flanders Arts Institute, JazzLab Series, Handelsbeurs, KAAP, Museact (Les Lundis d’Hortense, Gaume Jazz Festival, Igloo/Sowarex, JazzStation, Ecoutez-voir,…) et Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques. Il bénéficie du soutien de la Région Flamande, la Ville de Gand, la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, la Sabam & Wallonie-Bruxelles International.