COLLABORATION - Jazz in Belgium

For associations, libraries, cultural centres, other organisations or in your living room?
Jazz in Belgium (two lessons of 2.5 hours each)

When did jazz first appear in Belgium? Did Belgians play an important role in the development of this music? How do jazz musicians work together and how are they improvised? What is a "Blue Note"? Does Miles Davis play bebop, cool or modal? And what about Toots Thielemans or Jack Sels? Is it New Orleans or Dixieland? It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing? Swing Tanzen Verboten?

Have you always wanted to know how jazz came about? Is there a difference between blues and jazz? What is the impact of Belgians (musicians and inventors) on this history?

In this course, you will get an overview of all directions of jazz, from its origins at the end of the 19th century to its most recent developments. During the first session, various methods are provided for learning to listen to this musical genre. We discuss typical performance practices, illustrated with audio and video material, but also played 'live' on the piano.


  • The course comes with a comprehensive syllabus including bibliography, discography and additional information.
  • The course can be a suitable introduction to a jazz performance in cooperation with local cultural centres, libraries and jazz clubs.
  • Halewynstichting vzw can provide an ensemble for a subsequent performance.


2 sessions (1 session lasts 2.5 hours)


€ 200 per session + transport costs teacher

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Maarten Weyler

Theory & teamwork