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Bram Weijters

Eight years old, Bram started music courses at the music school in his birth town, attending piano and percussion classes. As a teenager he played in several rockbands. After completing secondary education, he was admitted to the Antwerp Conservatory. Amongst his teachers were Erik Vermeulen and Christoph Erbstösser. After graduating for jazz piano in Antwerp he went to the Brussels Conservatory, where he graduated in 2005 for jazzcompostion and arranging. Bram took lessons and attended masterclasses a.o. from Kenny Werner, Anthony Braxton, Gary Peacock, Mark Turner, Dave Liebman, Bill Carrotters, Bert Joris, … Bram participated in a wide range of projects. He's mainly involved in jazz formations but doesn't limit himself to jazz. He performed as well with people from the hip hopscene like as with rockgroups. Currently Bram plays with amongst others: Chad McCullough- Bram Weijters, Koen Nys Quintet, Hamster Axis of the one- click Panther,... He also composes and writes arrangements for some of these bands.

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Bram Weijters/Chad McCullough: Pendulum

Read "Pendulum" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chicago-based trumpeter Chad McCullough and Belgian pianist Bram Weijters present Pendulum, the pair's fifth recording together. Their discography includes three excellent quartet outings on Origin Records, including Urban Nightingale (2012), and a duo date, Feather (eyes&ears, 2017). Pendulum follows in Feathers' footsteps to the extent of instrumentation, with Weijters wielding an array of keyboards (Wurlitzer, Rhodes, ...

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

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Bram Weijters & Chad McCullough: Feather

Read "Feather" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Three terrific studio CDs--quartet outings, all--have come from the teaming of trumpeter Chad McCullough and keyboardist Bram Weijters: Imaginary Sketches (2011); Urban Nightingale, (2012); and Abstract Quantities (2015), all on Origin Records. Theirs is an always engaging, melodic modern jazz. On Feathers the musicians reduce their artistry down to the duo mode. From the ...

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Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Abstract Quantities

Read "Abstract Quantities" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Chad McCullough debuted as a leader in 2009 with the superb Dark Wood, Dark, Water (Origin Records). He's stayed busy ever since, recording with The Kora Band--inspired by the sounds of Africa--Tunnel Six, and the two horn, chordless The Spin Quartet, along with two previous modern jazz sets on Origin Records on which he teamed ...

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Jaclyn Guillou: The Lover's Walk

Read "The Lover's Walk" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Canada has long been the breeding ground for jazz musicians and vocalists, pianist Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall being notable examples. Vancouver-native Jaclyn Guillou is a multi-talented performer (song, dance and stage) who has carved out both an Old and New World presence. She released her first recording in 2011, To The City, a collection of ...

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Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Urban Nightingale

Read "Urban Nightingale" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chad McCullough, with one CD under his own name--the outstanding Dark Wood, Dark Water (Origin Records, 2009)--has also contributed his distinctive voice to recordings by the Kora Band and Tunnel Six, all under the Origin Records banners. But the Seattle-based trumpeter must have a European sensibility; his finest work to date has been in teaming, as ...

Piet Verbist: Zygomatik

Read "Piet Verbist: Zygomatik" reviewed by Dave Sumner

Piet VerbistZygomatikOrigin Records2012Zygomatik has the fiery groove of classic hard bop, but it's not that simple. There is a rock attitude to this album, and it's got a Motown sway. This is the kind of album that can be pointed to as a celebration of jazz and an ...


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