Makiko Hirabayashi (JPN/DK)


Makiko Hirabayashi was born 1966 in Tokyo, Japan where she started playing piano at the age of 4. Spending 5 years of her childhood in Hong Kong – a cultural melting point at the time, has had a lasting impact on her life. At age 20, she won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied for 3 years, absorbing the language of jazz. Since 1990, she has been based in Copenhagen, Denmark, collaborating with numerous musicians both on the jazz scene and the world music scene. Her multicultural background and musical diversity is reflected in her music. Elements of jazz, classical music, Far Eastern music and Nordic sound are all molded uncontrivedly into an intriguing, compelling sound of her own.

Her trio consists of Klavs Hovman on double bass and Marilyn Mazur on drums & percussion.


Ivan Paduart (BE)

ivanpaduartIvan Paduart is one of Belgium's finest pianists & composers.

With an impressive discography, numerous collaborations and participation in a hundred international festivals, pianist Ivan Paduart has something in common with Saint Estèphe; his best ally is the time!

Far from the spotlights, he forged during his many meetings and collaborations with great musicians as Toots Thielemans, Richard Galliano, Philip Catherine, Bert Joris, Tom Harrell, Manu Katché and many more, he created a very personal style, both in writing and his play.

Accompanied by his faithful sidekicks Phillip Aerts on double bass and Hans Van Oosterhout on drums he gives us his 28th album: "Enivrance" released this summer on Mons Records.
Bright compositions, shimmering melodies wrapped in rich caskets harmonics, continuous interaction with his partners; A real treat!


Søren Bebe (DK)

Søren Bebe

Copenhagen based pianist, composer and bandleader Søren Bebe fits seamlessly into the series of major jazz piano names originating from Scandinavia – Esbjörn Svensson and Tord Gustavsen are the two most often mentioned when describing the nevertheless unique sounds of the Søren Bebe Trio.

All About Jazz, one of the leading jazz websites in the world, even goes a step further:

“Bebe certainly belongs to the tradition of lyrical pianists that goes from Erroll Garner and Bill Evans through Keith Jarrett. What Bebe adds to the lyrical tradition of the piano is a sense of folk-like simplicity, with mourning melodies blossoming like shy night-flowers”


Johan Clement (NL)


Born in Antwerp Belgium but since many years living in Rotterdam, Johan is impeccable a top class jazz pianist following the footsteps of the great Oscar Peterson.

In 1982 Johan started his career as pianist in Belgium in the New Look Trio Roger Vanhaverbeke and played with this well known trio for over three decades. After Roger passed away in 2011, Johan promised to continue his legacy with Luc Vanden Bosch on drums and Bart De Nolf (Toots Thielemans) on double bass and renamed it The Johan Clement Trio, but still keeping the same spirit alive.

Over the years, he has accompanied many top musicians such as Toots Thielemans, Deborah Brown, Art Farmer,Clark Terry, Philip Catherine, Scott Hamilton, Georgie Fame, Mark Murphy, Johnny Griffin, Dave Pike, Madeline Bell, Harry Allen, Peter King, Rita Reys, Ali Ryerson & Slide Hampton.

Johan has worked with almost every Belgian and Dutch jazz musicians. Much fame has he received with the legendary Dutch jazz program TROS Sesjun with saxophonist Scott Hamilton. He also made many appearances at various jazz festivals including North Sea Jazz Festival, Bahrain Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival, Cannes, Brussels Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Gouvy, Middelheim Jazz Festival and Jazz Ascona. He also formed a trio with well known vibe player & drummer Frits Landesbergen and bass player Eric Timmermans.

He has toured the Benelux, Germany, England, France, Switzerland, Central East, Africa, India and Japan.
Johan released 18 albums to date and “Some Other Time” is his latest.

His trio consists of Bart De Nolf on double bass and Luc Vanden Bosch on drums.



Jan de Haas Vibe Quartet (BE)

JAN DE HAAS VIBES QUARTET feat. Ivan Paduart, Sal La Rocca & Mimi Verderame

Dit kwartet brengt zowel eigen composities van Jan de Haas en de bandleden, als ook standards van Coltrane tot Jobim. Jan arrangeert, dirigeert en speelt vibes in een uniek samenspel met pianist Ivan Paduart. Lyrisch en virtuoos. Ondersteund door een legendarische ritmesectie: Sal La Rocca en Mimi Verderame. Deze masters van de Belgische jazz klinken (h)echt, met mooie harmonieën en een homogene klankkleur. Van Cool tot Latin, steeds in een eigenzinnige de Haas vibes versie.

“Je tijd nemen heeft echter ook z’n voordelen. Dat bewijst Jan met dit nieuwe meesterwerk “Dreams Ago”. Een evenwichtige plaat die intelligente eigen composities afwisselt met actuele adaptaties van standards van o.a. John Coltrane of Antonio Carlos Jobim.”
– Rik Bevernage W.E.R.F.

“…met de vier van het ‘Modern Jazz Quartet’  – vibrafoon, piano, bas, drums – komen we toch toch al dicht in de buurt van het soort onverstoorbare samenhorigheid van deze vier. De vier van het ‘Jan de Haas Vibes Quartet’. Hetzelfde maar zoveel jaren later vanzelfsprekend anders: het vinden van een mooi, delikaat evenwicht en vooral ook het zorgvuldig en aandachtig in stand houden daarvan. Zo verkiezen deze vier jazzspelers doodgewone, d.w.z. gewoon uitstekende jazzspelers te zijn die muziek maken voor ons en hun plezier. Sierlijke melodieën, ‘originals’ van Paduart, La Rocca en Verderame, en twee al even zwierige standards: Coltrane’s ‘Naima’ en ‘I Love You’ van Cole Porter. Fraaie harmonieën, elegante ritmen.
– Marc Van den Hoof  jazzlegende

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