Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomes back the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, an award-winning, world-class orchestra presenting the U.S. premiere of the visual jazz score, “Graphicology.”

For the performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the BJO teams up with illustrator and jazz lover Philip Paquet. Together they create a multimedia project combining big band jazz and a graphic novel. Six composers were commissioned by the BJO to create individual soundtracks to accompany jazz-related stories, comic strip-style. Edited into original videos, Paquet’s illustrated stories will be shown onscreen while the Orchestra performs the soundtracks.

The following stories will be presented:
Sundown – composition by Bert Joris (Instrumental intro)
Bells & Brass – by Lode Mertens (Instrumental intro)
Bird – by Dieter Limbourg
Louis – by Pierre Drevet
Smilin’ – by Michel Herr
The Portrait – by Bert Joris

This will be a special experience for fans of each medium.

Founded in 1993, the BJO is known for its inventive play. All its members are soloists. Their creative projects and forward-thinking approach to multi-media performance have received international recognition. In 2012 the BJO performed the soundtrack from the Academy Award-winning movie The Artist, and contributed to its glorious success. Additionally, it received the South African Music Award for the album “Mama Africa” and the Netherlands’ Zilveren Griffel for the audiobook “Vliegen tot de hemel.” In 2013 the BJO celebrated its 20th anniversary with two Grammy nominations for the album Wild Beauty featuring Joe Lovano (Half Note).

The orchestra is subsidized by the Flemish Government and has been the house orchestra for Flagey, the historic art deco venue in the center of Brussels.

The BJO performed its own productions with Philip Catherine, Bert Joris, deFilharmonie, Tutu Puoane, Brussels Philharmonic, David Linx and Richard Galliano. The orchestra invited and featured international guests, such as Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Gianluigi Trovesi, Gustavo Bergalli, Norma Winstone, McCoy Tyner, Maria João, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Perico Sambeat, Toots Thielemans and others. www.brusselsjazzorchestra.com

Philip Paquet is an illustrator, comic book artist, tattoo apprentice, painter and a musician. Above all, he considers himself a storyteller.

He published his first comic, a short story, in 1998. He is best known for his Louis Armstrong graphic novel. Paquet’s unique watercolor style lends an unmistakable sense of nostalgia that evokes the memory of jazz’s seminal founder.

Besides the BJO, Philip Paquet’s clients list includes EMI, Nike, De Morgen, the cities of Antwerp and Ghent, and many more. www.philippaquet.com

Friday, March 20, 2015; 7.30PM & 9.30PM
Saturday, March 21, 2015; 7.30PM & 9.30PM
Sunday, March 22, 2015; 7.30 PM & 9.30 PM

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York City

Fri. $40, Sat. $45, Sun. $35
Students: $25