Brussels has long attracted all the great names in jazz: there must be something in the city’s DNA that suits the wildest of improvisations and has given rise to a long love affair with the genre. The Alhambra, the Hot Club, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt: some of the great places and stars who have given Brussels an international reputation.
These days, clubs, cafés, alternative stages and festivals still give pride of place to jazz, which is still very much alive and well. Brussels has some great ambassadors, including Toots Thielemans, Philippe Catherine and Aka Moon, as well as a whole new generation of talented jazz musicians.
Emblematic jazz places in Brussels include: Jazz Station, the Music Village, Sounds Jazz Club, Bonnefooi and the Archiduc…
The Region also gets really jazzy every year when it becomes the backdrop for several large-scale festivals, such as the Brussels Jazz Festival (Flagey), the Brussels Jazz Marathon or Brosella Folk & Jazz.
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