04.07 - Amparanoia together with Orishas and Los Van Van at the Blue Note Records Festival Saturday July 22
Amparanoia is the musical brainchild of Spain's Amparo Mercedes Sanchez, one of the most vibrant and cutting edge singers of her generation, full of boundless talent and Latin vibes.

Amparanoia render a fresh mix of ranchera, Cuban son, reggae, rumba, bolero, ska and mariachi, mashing up Spanish Cuban, Mexican and Caribbean with a punked-up attitude.
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27.06 - Orishas together with Los Van Van at the Blue Note Records Festival
Saturday July 22 the Cuban group Orishas completes the day program.

It's been quite a journey since Orishas released their first album 'A Lo Cubano'. Lauded by the press throughout Europe ever since it came out, the group launched into a marathon tour that started in summer 1999.

Orishas left no doubt that their musical fusion enables them to break the frontiers of style and to be equally at home in front of a latino, hip hop, pop or rock audience.

22.06 - Los Van Van feat. Juan Formell and David Murray at the Blue Note Records Festival
Los Van Van, is led by Juan Formell, a bassist who in 1967 became musical director of Orquesta Revé, Formell reformatted the group into Changui in 1968, before founding his own group, Los Van Van. The attention paid to tone, harmony, and rhythm are at center of Juan Formell's work. Theuy will perform Saturday, July 22.

Friday July 14 David Murray & The Gwo-Ka Masters will replace the Andrew Hill Sextet. Andrew Hill has cancelled his tour due to health problems.

Collaborations between jazz players and musicians indigenous to other cultures can be uneasy affairs. Too often the results are well-intentioned but fail to achieve musical fusion - in spite or perhaps because of an abundance of mutual respect. Working with Guadeloupe's Gwo-Ka Masters saxophonist David Murray overcame this hurdle, forging a meeting of music in a performance that is energetic, adventurous, and even danceable.

Also Uri Caine has been added to the program. Together with his Bedrock Trio he will replace Eliane Elias Tuesday, July 18

05.05 - Exclusive summer concert Sven Van Hees at the Blue Note Records Festival
Sven Van Hees completes our day program with his Svengali X-Perience Thursday, July 20. The Blue Note Records Festival is the only Belgian festival where Sven Van Hees will perform this summer. We start this day with Skeemz followed by Sven Van Hees with his Svengali X-Perience, Us3 and Sergio Mendes is our headliner for the day.

04.05 - The complete Blue Note records Festival program known:
During the past weeks we already announced a few names but now you can check out the complete program.

'All That Jazz.' (July 13 to 18) offers a selection of mainstream en avant-garde in a big marquee in the gardens of the Bijloke site.

'All That Jazz? (July 19 to 23) focuses on fusion with more popular music genres.

This year's selection for our Young Jazz talent Ghent competition.

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05.04 - Ticketing has taken off!
We are very grateful for the many positive reactions we received last year because of our lowering of the entrance fees. Therefore nothing changes this year, although we tried to invest in a more ambitious programme.
Day-tickets will be available for € 23,00. The opening concert (with the Carlo Nardozza Quintet and Dianne Reeves) costs € 17,50 (rang 1) or € 12,50 (rang 2). A three-day ticket (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) costs € 60,00 this year. All tickets are available through our website, Fnac and Uitbureau Ghent.

05.04 - More new names...
To add more lustre to our fifth edition, Toots Thielemans will perform at the festival together with pianist Bert van der Brink and Trijntje Oosterhuis Tuesday 18 July. The same day Michel Herr will make his appearance with his nonet, a kind of Belgian all-star with musicians like Bert Joris, Phil Abraham, Steve Houben and Bruno Castelluci.
Friday 21 July Jaune Toujours brings an explosive mix of culture, language and different styles of music, while the young band Skeemz combines beats with melodic arrangements and vocals the day before.
We can also confirm the name of Sioen. This passionate performer was born and bred in Ghent and already has two gold records. He will play Björk songs accompanied by three saxophones and lots of other stuff.
The complete programme will be announced Tuesday 18th April.

14.03 - New names...
Friday 14th July saxophonist John Zorn returns after his performance at the 2003 festival with his quartet 'Acoustic Masada'. Pianist Eric Legnini, without a doubt one of the most 'black' artists among Belgian musicians, will (finally) perform Saturday 15th July with his Eric Legnini Trio. After several attempts over the past years we are proud to present Chucho Valdés, one of the godfathers of Cuban music, accompanied by his own band on Sunday 21st July. Thursday 20th July the Brazilian jazz guru Sergio Mendes will be playing at the festival. Daniel Romeo, the Belgian funk beast, will turn Sunday 23rd July into an exceptional day. This same day also 'The Original Superstars of Jazz Fusion' feat. Among others Lonnie Liston Smith, Bobbi Humphrey, Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson.

10.02 - Welcome
Welcome to the new website of the Blue Note Records Festival. Prepare yourself for a promising summer. More soon!

09.02 - Release info
23u59: Blue Note Records Festival 2006 - online!

03.01 - Blue Note Records Festival
The Blue Note Festival, that takes place at Ghent's Bijloke concert hall, changes its name and becomes 'Blue Note Records Festival'.

03.01 - The first names...
Carlo Nardozza Quintet (winner of Young Jazz Talent 2005) opens the festival July 13, as a supporting act for our headlliner Dianne Reeves. Also confirmed: the Jason Moran Trio, Andrew Hill Quintet (new cd on Blue Note Records in March) and the Paolo Fresu Quintet.