preliminary round 2022

4 participants for
the Belgian preliminary round of B-Jazz 2022

These are the 4 bands that are selected to play on Friday 11 March at 30CC/Schouwburg, Bondgenotenlaan 21, Leuven:



21:10 ADJA


Right after the final concert- at 23:00 – and with a little bit of luck you can see them play together during the Late Night Jam at the foyer.


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See you in Leuven!


Ambroos Deschepper  alto & soprano saxophone
Artan Buleshkaj  guitar
Astrid Creve  voice & banjoline
Benjamin Hermans  bariton saxophone & (bass)clarinet
Kobe Boon  double bass
Marta Del Grandi  voice
Roos Denayer  voice & guitar
Simon Raman  drums

Friday 11 March at 19:00 in 30CC/Schouwburg, Leuven

This ensemble was founded by the Belgian bassplayer Kobe Boon. Starting from Boon's compositions the band creates a very personal atmosfeer, timbre & energy, a mòs sound. The colour of the female voices, the blend with the reeds & atypical use of this sound is one of the key elements of their sound. Their debute Limbs was released in winter 2019. It brings a mix of Eastern European choir, groovy krautpop & saxophone madness à la Rashaan Roland Kirk. A record unlimited by genre which now takes you to somekind of weird utopia, spiced with exotic herbs, then to a choatic hurricane. A varied record which is both celebral as organic. While Limbs (2019) could be considered a first letter of intent by Kobe Boon and his crew, this new album dives headfirst in a world of endless possibilities. Behind the Marble (W.E.R.F. Records, Februari 2022) maintains the wealth of its predecessor, but digs deeper, dances more frivolously and explores the edges more eagerly. With the appearance of 8th band member Roos Denayer (vocals, guitar), the band’s potential and reach are broadened considerably. This new richness sizzles, confuses, impresses and excites. Vocals, text and music maintain a loose connection, constantly involved in an entwined exploration. Folk, jazz, pop and chamber music are decorated with electronic touches, put layer upon layer and let them rub against each other. The first moment you are sucked into a mysterious, pastoral trip, and the next you are caught between euphoria and melancholia, with guitars, voices and reeds fighting for dominance. Behind the Marble is an ode to imagination and the power of phantasy, but also: a feast of grasped opportunities. mòs ensemble plays music that dares to be voluptuous, takes risks, aims for finales that will explode on stages, and subsequently uncover sidetracks. Genres don’t matter anymore. This music is colorful and expressive, spurred on by a beating heart, at the same time triggered from a central organism that combines emotions, colors, textures and lust poetry like a clenched fist.


Matthias Van den Brande  saxophone
Tijs Klaassen  double bass
Wouter Kühne  drums

Friday 11 March at 20:00 in 30CC/Schouwburg, Leuven

Matthias Van den Brande is a jazz saxophonist and composer from Belgium who’s been living in The Netherlands since 2014. After graduating at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2017, Matthias released his debut album ‘Opus #1’ the following year under the Belgian label ‘SoulFactory Records’. On this recording, Matthias showcases both his talent as an improviser and his skills and experience as a composer and arranger, combining his regular jazz quartet with a classical wind ensemble. Recently he’s been working on a lot of new material, including a new band called ‘LOTUS V’ which features drum sensation Sun-Mi Hong and upcoming singer Anna Serierse among other fantastic musicians from the Amsterdam jazz scene. Matthias is also very active as a sideman in small and big ensembles such as Saxkartel, Bravo Big Band, Tijs Klaassen Quintet, Spoken Saxophone Quartet, Mo van der Does’ Motet, … performing on stages like Bozar, deSingel, Jazz Middelheim, North Sea Jazz Festival, Bimhuis, … Matthias was also noticed by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, who invited him as a soloist for their project ‘The Future Is Now’. Recordings of this collaboration will be released very soon! In 2021, Matthias started his own trio featuring two of his favorite people and musicians: Tijs Klaassen (bass) and Wouter Kühne (drums). This intimate trio setting offers the musicians a lot of freedom to explore different rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ideas, guided by freshly composed material by the bandleader. Their mutual friendship and strong musical connection is the true foundation of this sensational trio. The Matthias Van den Brande Trio will be releasing it’s first EP ‘Approaching The Present’ in 2022.


Adja Fassa  lead voice
Adrien Souchet  backing vocals
Alexis Nootens  guitar
Edwin Theophile  double bass
Elvira Lawson  backing vocals
Emile Hennuyer  trumpet
Levi Leïto Wynants Gonze  backing vocals
Nina Matterne  piano
Samuel De Vleeschouwer  drums

Friday 11 March at 21:10 in 30CC/Schouwburg, Leuven

Adja Fassa is a singer, composer and theater maker, who also writes and plays. From an early age she has always wanted to understand the deeper layers of herself, as well as those of the people around her. She is also a traveler in heart and soul: from the theater department at the KASK in Ghent, to India and Nepal to delve into Yoga and other practices that focus on (sub)consciousness. After which she returned to Belgium to study jazz-voice at the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven. In this same conservatory, she re-entered the theater departement to connect music, Spoken Word and physical theater – inspired by meditative and sensory elements – in her own hybrid style. Recently she made her first interdisciplinary performance on a symbolic alphabet called 'Adjabet, chapter I' – the first part of a trilogy. In an attempt to develop her own language where Jazz, Soul and R&B merge into a story with movement, scent, sound and text, she goes in search of a description for the feelings and atmospheric worlds that we all (?) experience, but are difficult to name. The compositions for this trilogy also stand on their own and are played in her musical project that exists with her 9-member band under the name ADJA. Occasionally these songs are also performed in acoustic duo with guitarist and arranger Alexis Nootens.


Basile Rahola  double bass
Eliott Knuets  guitar
Simon Comté  tenor & soprano saxophone
Umberto Odone  drums

Friday 11 March at 22:10 in 30CC/Schouwburg, Leuven

Latitude is a brand new project that was started by Simon Comté (17) and Eliott Knuets (18) in June 2021 for the Dinant Jazz Festival Contest. The project went to the finals of the contest. With Basile Rahola (28) from France and Umberto Odone (29) from Italy, the project is melted with different cultures and ways of thinking and approaching music. This project contains almost only personal compositions from the members of the band. The influences of Latitude are based on the universe of great jazz masters of our era like : Ambrose Akinmusire, Brad Mehldau, Lage Lund, Immanuel Wilkins, Aaron Parks, Kurt Rosenwinkel, …