Brussels Jazz Orchestra

Category:groep / artiest
Genre(s):big band jazz
Actual/previous members:Nico Schepers, Dieter Limbourg, Martijn Vink, Frederik Heirman, Bart Defoort, Gino Lattuca, Kurt Van Herck, Laurent Hendrick, Bo Van Der Werf, Marc Godfroid, Serge Plume, Frank Vaganée, Jos Machtel, Lode Mertens, Nathalie Loriers

Short description

The Brussels Jazz orchestra (BJO) is not the kind of jazz orchestra that sticks to standards. It prefers to achieve the highest level by composing original music, creating unique arrangements and playing inventively as well as passionately.

BJO really is jazz with a dynamic orchestral sound and a classic strength in which each musician is also a brilliant soloist. Call it an ‘orchestrated passion for jazz’ that incites BJO to create world-class music.


The Brussels Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1993 by artistic director Frank Vaganée, Serge Plume and Marc Godfroid. Since 1999 the Brussels Jazz Orchestra is recognised and subsidised by the Flemish Government. Brussels Jazz Orchestra is orchestra in residence at Flagey (Brussels).

In addition to BJO’s own productions, the orchestra works with well known musicians from all over the world, such as Maria Schneider (US), Kenny Werner (US), Dave Liebman (US), Dave Douglas (US), Gianluigi Trovesi (IT), McCoy Tyner (US), Maria Joao (Portugal), Kenny Wheeler (GB), Lee Konitz (US), Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Bert Joris, deFilharmonie, Tutu Puoane, Brussels Philharmonic, David Linx, ’t Arsenaal, Richard Galliano and others. In that way, BJO has established a reputation at home and on relevant jazz stages abroad. 

The recordings of the orchestra are internationally acclaimed and awarded. In February 2012 BJO indirectly won an Oscar for its performance on the soundtrack of silent movie The Artist.


Selective discography

Two placesTwo places (2021)
Big Band jazz
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
EchangeEchange (2020)
Big Band jazz
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
We have a dreamWe have a dream (2018)
Big Band jazz, vocale jazz
Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Tutu Puoane
Smooth shakeSmooth shake (2016)
Big Band jazz
Bert Joris, Brussels Jazz Orchestra
BrelBrel (2016)
vocale jazz, Big Band jazz
David Linx, Brussels Jazz Orchestra
The music of Enrico PieranunziThe music of Enrico Pieranunzi (2015)
Big Band jazz
Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Bert Joris, Enrico Pieranunzi
Wild beautyWild beauty (2013)
Big Band jazz
Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano
BJO's Finest - Live!BJO's Finest - Live! (2013)
Big Band jazz
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
A different Porgy & another BessA different Porgy & another Bess (2012)
vocale jazz, Big Band jazz
David Linx, Maria João, Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Institute of Higher LearningInstitute of Higher Learning (2011)
Big Band jazz
Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Kenny Werner

Op compilaties van Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen

Jazztublieft!Jazztublieft! (2005)
Diverse uitvoerders
The finest in Belgian JazzThe finest in Belgian Jazz (2002)
Diverse uitvoerders

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News:Artists #withRefugees (28.04.2016)
BJO opnieuw kanshebber Grammy's (09.12.2013)
Jury 'International Composition Contest 2013' gekend! (03.07.2013)
Een oscar voor Brussels Philharmonic, Jef Neve en BJO (28.02.2012)
Brussels Jazz Orchestra Int'l Summer Class 2011 (16.02.2011)
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Brussels Jazz Orchestra (09.2008)