"JAZZ IN LITTLE BELGIUM - a year gone by in the Belgian Jazz scene" is a photo project combining my passion for photography with my love for jazz music.
From Django to Toots ... Belgium has an incredibly rich jazz history. And it's vivid jazz scene keeps on making history as we speak with it's current artists and musicians. With this photobook we'll focus on today's Belgian Jazz scene.
The book will bring you 100 unique moments from the Belgian Jazz scene, captured in a 1 year time frame (2018-2019).
Foremost : it's a photo project (I kid you not). So the main goal is to bring you a selection of high quality photos. Original, stunning, tender, intimate, passionate … everything goes.
The general theme is the Belgian Jazz Scene as we know it today. Established old timers (and I say this with the utmost respect !), upcoming young guns and new talent … doesn't matter. If he/she/they performed in these 12 months and I got a great picture , they can make the final selection.
Dré Pallemaerts © Pieter De Vries
What I'm trying to say is … it's not a documentary project pure sang. The Belgian Jazz Scene is too big, too comprehensive to capture in 100 photos. That means some artists will be in the book and some not … Doesn't have a thing to do with their music or status … it all comes down to : did I get a good picture ?
The ultimate goal is to give you, the reader, that real jazzy feeling that sometimes is warm and deep, sometimes nostalgic and sad, or angry, or funny, or ...
So don't expect just 100 pictures of jazz musicians playing their instrument. We'll have those, of course, but also much more. We're looking for those little moments in between sets, before a gig, during a sound check, an interaction between 2 artists, ...
Hendrik Lazure © Pieter De Vries
HOW CAN YOU PURCHASE THE BOOK?
The book will be out end of October, but you can pre-order it already and get a 10% discount.
Jazz'halo readers get an extra 5% discount. You only have to fill out this promo code: JAZZ’HALO2019
Here's the link: www.bigjazzinlittlebelgium.be
Philip Catherine © Pieter De Vries
PIETER DE VRIES
Photographer / Lier (Belgium)
Special thanks to our photographers:
Paul De Cloedt
Cindy De Kuyper
Jos L. Knaepen
Nina Contini Melis
Guy Van de Poel
Cees van de Ven
Donata van de Ven
Harry van Kesteren
Patrick Van Vlerken
Marie-Anne Ver Eecke
and to our writers:
Danny De Bock
Herman te Loo
Georges Tonla Briquet
Iwein Van Malderen
Jan Van Stichel