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Lieven Venken

Raised in Belgium in an environment full of music, Lieven Venken began playing the violin at the age of four. Soon he expanded his training to include percussion, which, while he excelled as a vocalist and violinist, became his primary focus and love. Lieven then entered Belgium's "Lemmensinstuut", studying with world reknowned jazz drummer h Dré PALLEMAERTS. He graduted in '99 "cum laude". He also studied in Amsterdam with Kees CRANENBURG and with Billy HART (New York). Private lessons, Billy HART, Brian BLADE, Jorge ROSSY, jazz drums New York 1997 Summer camp, jazz drums by Billy HART, ensemble by Mark LEVINE, jazz drums, ensemble Dworp, Belgium Aug.1997, Aug

Maayan Smith

Jerusalem native, Maayan Smith started his musical studies at the age of 9 and was quickly recognized as a talent to look out for. He found guidance and a mentor in prof. Gersh Geller at the Jerusalem Conservatory mastering the classical style of saxophone and winning numerous scholarships, awrards and competitions. He continued his studies with prof. Geller thorough high school and has recieved his Bachelor of music degree from the Jerusalem Music Academy for classical perfomance in 2006. Since 1998 Maayan has been a member of the Jerusalem Saxophone Quartet, exploring his interest in chamber music and ensemble playing

Igor Gehenot

The pianist Igor Gehenot started classical piano studies from an early age. At 13 he enters the jazz section of the royal academy of Liège and at 19 the conservatory of Maastricht. He enters the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 2009 for two years, where he studies among others with Eric Legnini, and starts his own trio with Sam Gerstmans on double bass and drummer Teun Verbruggen. The trio led by Igor Gehenot won the Sabam’s youth jazz award in 2011. The recognition was justified. The pianist, born in 1989, has progressively established himself as a major talent on the Belgian and European scenes. After recording the first album «Road Story» (Igloo New talents, 2012), Igor toured extensively in Belgium and elsewhere (Jazz A Vienne, Mexico Festival…). In 2014, he presented the new album «Motion», still featuring Verbruggen on drums but with Philippe Aerts as the new partner on double bass

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Brussels: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Sal La Rocca, Igor Gehenot, Diederniko Kummsels & Makas

Read "Live From Brussels: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Sal La Rocca, Igor Gehenot, Diederniko Kummsels & Makas" reviewed by Martin Longley

Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Bozar
January 9, 2019

Much of this evening's programme featured compositions that are probably of interest to jazzers, particularly with the presence of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, although Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber will doubtless have more crossover appeal than most composers. There was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sal La Rocca: SHIFTED

Read "SHIFTED" reviewed by James Fleming

The saxophone lines snake out of the speakers, rustling the airwaves like a breeze through firs or singing with all the lyricism of the finest vocalist. The double bass's hardwood lays a strong foundation. The electricity of the Wurlitzer piano growls atop that age-old sound, like a lightning storm rolling over treetops. Sal La Rocca's Shifted ...

Rv Caparros

Born in Corsica, Hervé Caparros (Leader) learned to play the guitar by himself, at the age of 16. He was then under the influence of rock and blues music, listening to artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, AC/DC or Van Halen… Two years later, he discovered jazz, with Michel Petrucciani, and especially Bireli Lagrene which was a true revelation. He then turned to improvisation and met with many musicians from the Nice region, such as Franck de Luca, Linus Olson, Alain Asplanato, Robert Persi, or Jean-Marc Jafet who was to become one of his musical references and to represent a major step in his learning process. At the same time as these encounters, he participated in practice training at the Patrimonio Guitar Festival, in Corsica, during which, he met with guitarist Louis Martinez, professor at the Conservatoire de Sète, who was to provide him with a solid technical basis and develop his taste for jazz music. At that time, he met with famous French jazz scene artists, like Michel Perez, Mauro Serri, Bireli Lagrene, Louis Winsberg, Linley Marthe. From 1999 to 2004, he continuously played in various combos with quite different styles: French pop music, rock, African music, reggae and, of course, jazz… With this wealth of experience, he moved to Brussels and played with people such as Paolo Loveri, Lorenzo Di Maio, Pascal Mohy, Erik Vermeulen, Peter Hertmans, Toine Thys, Bart de Nolf or Lionel Beuvens. In October 2012, he finally released his first album,”The Hard Way” featuring his own jazz-oriented compositions.

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Sal La Rocca

Sal La Rocca is originally from Seraing, Belgium, near LIEGE. He was first a Rock guitarist, but switched to the bass as his instrument of choice after hearing (for the first time) music by several jazz greats. After switching, he taught himself how to play by the age of 23. Over time, he become one of the most "in demand" double bassists in Belgium and in the European theater. Starting in the mid 80's, Sal has toured and performed with a wide array of musicians on the European continent. The 90's saw him expanding his presence with world tours. His list of celebrity musicians he performed with continued to grow, adding well known names like Lee Konitz, Philippe Catherine and Toots Thielemans to his musical resume. During his career, Sal has recorded on numerous albums

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

10 Most Downloaded Tracks: 2017

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All About Jazz tracks how often a featured MP3 is downloaded, and the following represent our top ten in 2017. If you missed them the first time around, give them a listen now, and enjoy!

The Hour Has Come (01:51)
Mario Duenas
From: Cosmic Crossword
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Take Five With Sal La Rocca

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Meet Sal La Rocca:
Sal La Rocca discovered jazz in the early '80s, and switched to double-bass, which he intensively explored on his own, taking Paul Chambers as a model.

Instrument(s):
Doubl-bass, electric bass, guitar.

Teachers and/or influences?
Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, Charles Mingus, Scott LaFaro. ...