Saxophones, flute, clarinet, arranger, composer
° february 17th, 1971
Studied classical saxophone at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium).
Studied jazz-saxophone & flute at the Hilversum Conservatory (The Netherlands) with
Private studies with Etiene Verschueren, Jim Snidero & John Ruocco.
Several European tours with R&B legend Rufus Thomas in the early nineties.
Played in 1996-1997 with Belgian R&B band Blue Blot (also playing as support act for Tina
Turner’s “Wildest Dreams”-tour)
Represented the Flemish Radio in the EBU-big band (European Broadcasting Union) in
Amsterdam in 2001.
Former member of the Tony Bauwens quartet & sextet, Tars Lootens Quartet.
Worked for the Flemish and Dutch television in numerous broadcasts, shows, concerts…
Active as free-lance musician (with a.o. Charles Loos, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, Salvatore
La Rocca, Paolo Radoni, Marc Godfroid, Phil Abraham, Richard Rousselet, Jean Warland,
Félix Simtaine , Jan De Haas, Michel Herr, Bruno Castellucci, Toots Thielemans, Jazz
Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Calvin Owens, Shirley Bassey,…) and as a recording
musician (a.o. with Maurane, Claude Nougaro, Vanessa Paradis…)
Member of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra since 1999 (recordings & concerts all over the
world with a.o. Kenny Werner, Bill Holman, Bert Joris, Toots Thielemans, Philip Cathérine,
Tom Harrell, Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Gianluigi
Trovesi, Wallace Roney, Dave Douglas, Richard Galliano, David Linx, Joe Lovano…).
He also regularly composes and arranges for the same orchestra.
Leader of his own quartet & sextet.
Teacher of jazz-woodwinds and ensemble at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent between
2003 and 2006.
Currently teaching jazz-woodwinds, ensemble and jazz-harmony/arranging at the Brussels
Highschool of the Arts.
Brussels Jazz Orchestra — The September Sessions (De Werf, 1999)
Brussels Jazz Orchestra – The Music of Bert Joris (De Werf, 2001)
Kenny Werner + Brussels Jazz Orchestra (JazzImpuls, 2003)
BJO + Maria Schneider + Toots Thielemans (The Days of Wine & Roses)
High Voltage Sextet – Hoppin’ Around (De Werf, 2004)
Brussels Jazz Orchestra + Philip Catherine & Bert Joris – Meeting Colours ( FDM 36675-2, 2005)
Brussels Jazz Orchestra + deFilharmonie – Dangerous Liaison (DOM 2910 900 SP, 2006)
Brussels Jazz Orchestra – Countermove (W.E.R.F. 054, 2006)
Brussels Jazz Orchestra + David Linx – Changing Faces (0+127, 2007)
Brussels Jazz Orchestra + Richard Galliano (W.E.R.F. 2008)
Brussels Jazz Orchestra + Tutu Puoane – “Mama Africa”
Brussels Jazz Orchestra + David Liebman – “Guided Dream”
Brussels Jazz Orchestra + Bert Joris – “Signs & Signatures”
Brussels Jazz Oechestra + Joe Lovano — “Wild Beauty”
Numerous recordings for pop and rock artists all over Europe.