The sixth edition of Leuven Jazz, who last night ended with a concert of Melanie de Biasio in The Depot, has a record attendance of 7.143 visitors, a lot more than the 6,500 last year. Highlights of this festival that in the character of the drum were in addition to the Biasio, Philip Catherine, Zara McFarlane and Nubya Garcia, the evenings in the theatre, with international drummers like Mark Guiliana, Mosed Boyd and Nasheet Waits.
During the performances, brought many drummers pay tribute to the drumskills of the late Elvin Jones. Drummer-producer Maria Guiliana, closed on Thursday the set of his quartet in the theatre, with a special solo in honor of Jones. Saturday night were in the same room no less than three groups programmed, each with drummers in the foreground. Valve Sons of Kemt XL (UK) made with no less than four drummers in the ranks for a real Caribbean party.
Also many Belgian groups have demonstrated their talents during this festival. The 75-year-old Philippe Catherine has also performed with the big band of the LUCA Jazz training under the leadership of Frank Vagané. After many years, won the Martin Salemi Trio is a Belgian group of the B-Jazz Contest for young ensembles. Much interest was also there for the 13 free “house concerts”.