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Artists

Bart Defoort

Instrument: 
alto saxophone
tenor saxophone
Ensembles: 
Octurn
KD's Basement Party
Bart Defoort Quartet
KD' Basement Party
Ernst Vranckx Quartet feat. Kenny Wheeler
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Bart Quartier Quintet

Biography

With no less than 18 releases to this day, saxophonist Bart Defoort is the one but most prolific artist on our W.E.R.F. label. This versatile, open-minded musician indeed feels at home in a variety of musical contexts: swinging hardbop, lyrical ‘Europese’ and present-day jazz, Big Band, etc.…

Bart is all about interaction, personal stories, lyricism, swing and groove. As a composer and leader of various quartets he has recorded 3 CDs on our W.E.R.F. label. He has played this repertoire and with those groups at all major Belgian jazz festivals such as Jazz Brugge, Jazz Middelheim, Jazz à Liège. The CDs proved a huge success with both press and public.

‘Sharing Stories On Our Journey’,  his most recent CD, was awarded the Sabam prize for ‘Best Belgian Jazz CD of 2009’. Since its foundation, he has been a permanent member of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, a strong and multi-talented formation that made an international name for itself by collaborating with big names such as Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, Toots Thielemans, Bert Joris, Philip Cathérine, Tom Harrell, Bob Mintzer,… They have released no less than 10 CDs so far, and toured Europe, the United States and South Africa.

Bart is also one of the founders of Octurn, with whom he played and recorded 3 CDs between 1991-2000. He has taken part in myriad projects such as Kris Defoort’s ‘K.D.’s BASEMENT PARTY’, Chris Joris Experience, Ernst Vranckx Quintet, Bart Quartier Quintet, etc.