History

2006

BRZZVLL is founded by Vincent Brijs. The band has from the outset five to six members, mainly from Antwerp, and plays improvised dance music with a jazz-fusion, afro funk and rare groove sound like those of the 70’s: bass and drums very tight and funky, horns, guitar and keyboards very imaginative and sexy. Each song floats in a very playful mood to groove .

Although initially the repertoire consists of compositions by Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard and Archie Shepp, expanded or complemented by “free jams”, the live set is soon filled with original compositions of frontman Brijs.

2007

BRZZVLL are the winners of the competition young jazz talent ghent.

2008

The debut album “days of thunder, days of grace” appears on evil Penguin Records. The album features contributions from Zap Mama’s Marie Daulne, DJ Grazzhoppa & Monique Harcum. The album gets very good reviews in the Standard, Focus Knack and Rif Raf. The brussels newspaper Le Soir exclaims the album as the best Belgian Jazz album of 2008.

2008

Live recordings for the Belgian tv channel EXQI and the jazz program ‘Neve’ on Klara (VRT). BRZZVLL also opens the Ghent Jazz Festival before the Neville Brothers and Marcus Miller, the concert is wildly received by the press. Later that year they go on tour for Jazzlab series and they play warm up shows for al jarreau, UB40 and Youngblood Brass Band.

2009

BRZZVLL is the regular house band of the ‘nuff said evenings, with spoken word, stand up comedy and literature, monthly at the cultural centre of Berchem (Antwerp). this allows them to play together with renowned national and international artists such as Joseph Bowie (defunkt), Amir Sulaiman, Jessica Care Moore, Anthony Joseph, Zena Edwards, Ayanna Witter Johnson, Baloji, Mo & Grazz, Sharrif Simmons, Kain the poet (the last poets) and many others. the cooperation with ‘nuff said founder and organizer Mourad Bekour still maintains.

2010

Release of the second album “Happy Life Creator” on the German label Melting Pot Music (Cologne). Gregory Frateur of Dez Mona and the Swiss-Ghanaian Joy Frempong, better known as Oy, perform guest roles. BRZZVLL produced the album itself in cooperation with the renowned Ben Lamdin (Nostalgia 77, tru thoughts, UK) and Werner Pensaert. The album gets excellent reviews, including in the German newspaper der tages spiel. In the Netherlands, HLC is the highest rated album in the 3 for 12 listening post of the vpro.

2011

The striking cover for “Happy Life Creator” (designed by Afreux in collaboration with BRZZVLL & friends) is nominated for the Belgian music industry awards (MIA’s) in the category ‘Best Artwork’.

2012

Sweaty! With programs before The Roots in the open air theater Rivierenhof (Antwerp), and collaborations with the German-American Ursula Rucker (known for its releases on! K7), Anthony Joseph and many others. BRZZVLL also works with the Belgian artist Stijn and the young rapper Gloria from ghent, with whom they open Couleur Café in 2011 in Brussels.

2013

release new album 'Polemicals' on Melting Pot Music (MPM156) 

 

DISCOGRAPHY

2008-05: cd “Days of Thunder, Days of Grace” by Evil Penguin (epj 003)
2010-08: 7 “ ”Sowhereto (feat. gregory frateur)“ on Melting Pot (mpm 096)
2010-10: lp + cd “Happy Life Creator” on Melting Pot (mpm 099)
2013-01: lp + cd “Polemicals” on Melting Pot (mpm 165)

HONOURS

2007: winners of Young Jazz Talent Ghent
2008: best jazz cd 2008 in le soir (debut album “Days of thunder, Days of grace”)
2011: Mia nomination best sleeve art (2nd album “Happy Life Creator”)

Sweaty! With programs before the roots in the open air theater Rivierenhof (Antwerp), and collaborations with the german-american Ursula Rucker (known for its releases on! k7), Anthony Joseph and many others. BRZZVLL also works with the Belgian artist Stijn and the young rapper Gloria from Ghent, with whom they open Couleur Café in 2011 in Brussels.  

The striking cover for “Happy Life Creator” (designed by Afreux in collaboration with BRZZVLL & friends) is nominated for the Belgian Music Industry Awards (mia’s) in the category ‘best artwork’.