finalists B-Jazz 2017


The finalists for B-Jazz International Contest 2017 are:

Marithé Van der Aa QuartetDaahoud Salim QuintetVittorio Solimene TrioHoera.Phil Meadows Project and Sebastiaan van Bavel Trio.


Marithé Van der Aa Quartet (Belgium)

Belgian singer Marithé Van der Aa formed a jazz band in Berlin. Their music is rooted in the rich jazz tradition, without the aim to copy the ‘American style‘. their main influence is their own European background.

band members
Marithé Van der Aa (vocals)
Daniel Schwarzwald (piano)
Jonathan Nagel (double bass)
Andreas Kunert (drums)

website Marithé Van der Aa Quartet


Daahoud Salim Quintet (Spain)

This quintet won the Getxo Jazz Festival contest (Spain) in 2016 and played the past two years throughout Europe, as well in clubs as on festivals. The musicians all graduated recently as masters in jazz at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

band members
Daahoud Salim (piano)
SunMi Hong (drums)
Hendrik Müller (double bass)
Bruno Calvo (trumpet)
Pablo José Martínez (trombone)

website Daahoud Salim Quintet


Vittorio Solimene Trio (Italy)

The music of this trio consists of traditional jazz and modern musical trends, by playing own compositions as well as reworked standards. They played already at festivals in Italy, Finland and England and were selected for B-Jazz by Saint Louis College of Music (Italy).

band members
Vittorio Solimene (piano)
Dario Piccioni (double bass)
Alessandro D’Anna (drums)


Hoera. (Belgium)

A modern take on the acoustic guitar trio, with an own recognizable sound, a scenery to travel through in between songs, jazz, film music and soundscapes. As winners of Jong Jazztalent Gent they got a spot in the finals of B-Jazz. Jazz meets modern electronica.

band members
Bert Cools (acoustic & electric guitar)
Dries Laheye (electric bass)
Stijn Cools (drums)

website Hoera.


Phil Meadows Project (United Kingdom)

This creative, talented group of musicians comes our way from the United Kingdom. Inspired by global sounds, with which they combine elements of jazz, contemporary classical music, folk, electronica and more.

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band members
Phil Meadows (sax)
Rob Luft (guitar)
Flo Moore (double bass & electric bass)
Will Glaser (drums)

website Phil Meadows Project


Sebastiaan van Bavel Trio (Netherlands)

Piano player and composer Sebastiaan van Bavel is doing great in the Netherlands: his debut album got an Edison Award and he already played North Sea Jazz Festival. The organisers of Amersfoort Jazz didn’t hesitate and they got him a place in the B-Jazz finals. Be prepared for a mix of improvisation, elements from jazz and influences of Indian and western classical music.

band members
Sebastiaan van Bavel (piano)
Alessandro Fongaro (bass)
Jimmi Hueting (drums)

website Sebastiaan van Bavel Trio