In this project Olivier performs his own jazz compositions, exploring the range of the harmonica as a lead instrument and the connection between modern jazz, and traditional music. The band is based in Brussels and featurs some of Brussels finest young musicians, such as guitar player Yuxiang Zhang (winner Toots Thielemans Jazz Award 2022).
Leander Vandereecken & Olivier Vander Bauwede
Leander Vandereecken is a blues and roots singer and guitar player. Aside from being the leader of the critically acclaimed folkband 'A Murder in Mississippi', he's one of the driving forces in the Ghent blues scene. As an acoustic blues and roots duo with Olivier, they have just released a live album called
Olivier met guitar virtuoso Yuxiang Zhang while studying at the Conservatory of Brussels. As a jazz duo, they explore a diverse repertoire, spanning standards and original compositions. Their improvisational spirit keeps their musical path unpredictable, promising dynamic adventures with every performance.
Guy Verlinde & The Artisans Of Solace
The Artisans of Solace, lead by blues singerGuy Verlinde, was formed in 2021 with the release of the album 'Standing In The Light Of A Brand New Day', an acoustic gem of Americana and blues. They have toured in several countries and released the live album 'Live in Minard' in 2022.
Tamala combines diverse musical influences, blending the traditions of West-African music with innovation. Mola Sylla, one of the great Senegalese singers, is accompanied by kora player Bao Sissoko, Wouter Vandenabeele on the violin and Olivier on harmonica and guitar. Together they recorded 'Lumba' in 2021 and are working on a new album in 2024.
The Paradise Stompers
Groovy songs inspired by the era of old blues and swing. The band specializes in the repertoire for blues and swing dancers, and have performed at the biggest events of the scene, such as Big City Blues, Les Grands Bals, Boulevard Blues,
Ghent Hoppers Exchange, Blues Remix, Duke's Blues ...
Missy Sippy All Stars
This group of young blues musicians was formed and lead by the late Tiny Legs Tim, who was one of the driving forces of the blues scene in Gent, Missy Sippy Blues and Roots club to be exact. In 2020 they released their album 'Missy Sippy All Stars Vol. I', capturing the vibe of their high energy live performances and improvisations.
Young Toots Collective
Five students from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels pay homage to the playful character of Toots Thielemans. Celebrating Toots 100 in 2022, they performed in places such as Koekelberg Basilica, Brussels Jazz Weekend, and the Music Village jazzclub.