Despite having to close early every evening, Covid variants with unpronounceable names, the bizarre incoherence of the Covid consultative committee (Codeco) that doesn’t consult and appeals to the Council of State, Sounds Jazz Club continues to offer you the best of jazz and blues music in a unique atmosphere. After Sounds’ grand reopening and its impressive demonstration that jazz is alive and kicking, festive and multi-generational, here’s an overview of what you can look forward to in the coming weeks on the stage of rue de la Tulipe’s mythical venue!

The unmissable Sounds Good Session jams will be taking place every Wednesday under a succession of masters of ceremonies starting with Joachim Caffonnette and followed by Igor Gehenot, Wajdi Riahi, Eve Beuvens, Antoine Pierre and Jasen Weaver. Jamming, great atmosphere, improvisation and jazz standards – and free entrance!

Sounds will be hosting Le Monde merveilleux de Pepito, led by the very talented Pierre-Antoine Savoyat playing trumpet and flugelhorn, as artists in residence one Thursday every month as they prepare their new album due out in the Spring. Giving young groups such as these the opportunity to express themselves and to experiment is an important part of Sounds’ DNA – and these guys have a lot to offer! Two other groups from the new generation will be making the place jump in the New Year, namely Basile Rahola’s Baz Trio and the Serendip Quartet, led by tenor sax player Arnaud Guichard, who will be presenting their new album. Come to admire and enjoy the energy and interaction of these young groups while sipping our new cocktails!

Swing music will be the theme of the second week of January, with the good time sounds of Reverent Juke, the Jazz’nRoll of Laurent Vigneron and the Po’Boys and finally Life is a Joke, playing their own compositions in a trad groove.

There’s a change of scene the following week with the Oriental jazz influences of the Aleph Quintet, gypsy jazz star guitarist Samson Schmitt invited to play with violinist Joachim Ianello and we’ll finish the week with no less than former Rolling Stones bass player and lead guitarist with the Pretty Things Dick Taylor, invited by the Brussels Rhythm & Blues Club, along with the Zinneke Roadrunners.

To finish off the month of January our houseband, the Sounds Swing Machine, will get you up and dancing to the sound of the 30s and 40s. We then host two Sounds Jazz Club legends: first drummer Mimi Verderame presenting his latest album with Jesse Van Ruller, one of Europe’s finest guitarists, and then Bo Van Der Werf with his mythical group Octurn, featuring an All Star line-up including the very talented clarinetist Joris Roelofs!

Finally, we can already give a sneak preview of our programme in early February when you can look forward to seeing the very inspiring guitarist Lorenzo DiMaio, a pillar of the Belgian jazz scene for over ten years, the return of US saxophonist Rick Margitza (a former sideman of Miles Davis) and three evenings in the company of Jacky Terrasson, one of the best jazz pianists in Europe!