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Hi everyone!

After months of intensive work, a crowdfunding project that exceeded expectations and quite a few obstacles overcome, we are reopening this mythical club thanks to a lot of goodwill and the support of Buen Vivir! We’re not going to keep going on about it, but rest assured that we are very happy that our efforts have been successful and we are really looking forward to welcoming you to Sounds!

Every month, we’re going to give you an overview of the upcoming concert programme that has been chosen for you by a committee of 7 musicians, the composition of which will change every quarter. In this first newsletter, we are covering the period when we are reopening the club with a series of concerts featuring many of the legendary musicians who have played at Sounds over the years, which is a way of thanking Rosy and Sergio and celebrating the music that they have offered us over the 35 years they ran the club.

So we kick off the party at the opening night with an All Star ensemble that transcends the generations and draws upon Brussels’ best musicians, from both language communities, who have been regulars at Sounds and will regale us with a mega-jam session!

We’ll then start our “classic” concert programme with a group paying hommage to Zappa and Bartók (if that doesn’t kindle your curiosity, what will?), with no less than Michel Hatzigeorgiou on bass, followed the next day by the quartet of South African singer Tutu Puoane, comprising exceptional musicians.

The following week sees the return of the mythical jam sessions, renamed Sounds Good Sessions (every Wednesday from 9pm until the last musician standing, free entrance). This quarter it will be Igor Gehenot, Wajdi Riahi, Eve Beuvens and our artistic director, Joachim Caffonnette, who will take it in turns to be masters and mistresses of ceremonies at these irreverent nocturnal masses! Three of the most important Belgian jazz musicians will then follow on to the recently rebuilt stage of Sounds: Bert Joris, whose trumpet sound is the most beautiful in the Kingdom and who has been a regular at the club from its earliest days, Nathalie Loriers, a jazz pianist renowned throughout Europe, and finally guitar legend Philip Catherine, world famous for his unique phrasing and sound! No less than that!

The new houseband “Sounds Swing Machine” will make its debut on December 2nd at what should be a cracking evening for dancers to christen the space in front of the new stage! Then a radical change in style the following evening with “The Workshop” group, featuring another Sounds legend Bo Van Der Werf as special guest. The third week will finish with a fitting handover: the farewell concert of the Bravo Big Band. In remembrance of a club whose existence was as mythical as it was brief, it will be the first of three big bands playing on our stage within the space of less than a month!!! A notable event! The next big band will comprise students from the Dutch-speaking Brussels music academy (KCB) under the direction of American saxophonist John Ruocco, an opportunity to discover tomorrow’s talents for a minimal admission charge. Bass virtuoso Félix Zurstrassen will then invite Brazilian guitar genius Nelson Veras and British piano prodigy Kit Downes to join him on stage with our national star percussionist Antoine Pierre. There will also be the return of the mythical rhythm and blues evenings at Sounds organised since 2001 by the Brussels Rhythm and Blues Club, with Bill Roseman from New Jersey and the new BRBC houseband Zinneke Roadrunners!

Next we have two voice projects: David Lynx, in a duo with Michel Hatzigeorgiou, followed by the talented French singer Julie Erikssen, who will be accompanied by a high voltage quartet. And to finish this reopening season, we will be celebrating the return of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra to the rue de la Tulipe! This band has become world famous since they made their debut on the stage of Sounds in 1992. The return of the prodigal son, better than a come-back by the Rolling Stones, a firework display, call it what you will – it will be an evening you cannot afford to miss for whatever reason!!

“You’ve had too much champagne, or would you like to top up with some more?” To enter the end of year festivities, we’ll be presenting two guitarists, first Fabrizio Graceffa and then Julien Tassin. And for the famous Sounds New Year’s Eve party we’ll have a festive salsa group to shake our booties to, to forget this bizarre period of cultural silence and say goodbye to 2021!

Looking forward to meeting up with you, having a good time, sharing musical emotions, imbibing a glass or two of beer or wine! Here’s to the beginning of an adventure that promises to be a long and happy one…

Joachim, Fanny and Manu.