The Golden River City Jazz Band
(Site prepared by Cees at the time)
For the official Golden River City Jazz Band site click HERE For upcoming gigs, click HERE
This band is an international combination led by Jean Jacques Pieters (cl/as), playing in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. Jean Jacques picks his musicians from a group consisting of: Alan Elsdon -tpt Koos van der Hout -tpt Cees van den Heuvel -tpt Oscar Klein -tpt Bob Wulffers -tpt Thomas Hipp -trb Terry Brunt -trb Cor Fabrie -trb Bas van Gestel- trb Derk Jan de Jong -trb Arsene de Vlieger -bjo Pim Hoogervorst -bjo/trb/keyb Richard Endlich -bjo Bob van Oven- bass Karel Algoed -bass Andries Schoneveld- drs Colin Bowden -drs Norbert Detaeye drs The band plays non rehearsed trad jazz from early New Orleans to Chicago style, depending on the musicians that are chosen. Sometimes there is a interesting mix of styles in the band. The different line ups are recorded on several LP's and CD's

Since many years the Kortrijk Golden River City Jazz Band occupies a major place in the Belgian traditional jazz scene where this dynamic old style band keeps up the tradition of New-Orleans jazz with much enthusiasm. When the band first performed at the Kortrijk Golden River City Jazz Festivalin 1970 (the year the band was formed by clarinettist JEAN-JACQUES PIETERS, who's still the leader) nobody could have imagined that this was the start of a most successful story. In the meantime, the band has got a fine reputation both in Belgium and abroad. No less than 30 times the Golden River City Jazz Band played a major role at the annual festival in its hometown. The real breakthrough occurred in 1973 when the band had the opportunity to accompany the British lady-singer Beryl Bryden. From the original personal only the banjo player Arsène De Vlieger (joined the band in 1973) and founder-leader, clarinettist and saxophone player Jean-Jacques Pieters are still members of the band. Since then the band has accompanied an impressive series of international guest stars and soloists at the annual Kortrijk Golden River City Jazz Festival. The G.R.C. Jazz Band featured a.o. Beryl Bryden , Bud Freeman, Wally Bishop, Sheila Collier, Ken Colyer, Keith Smith ,Monty Sunshine, Terry Lightfoot, Keith Nichols, Judy Johnson, Val Wiseman, Tom Collins, Norbert Detaeye, Pat Hawes, Oscar Klein, Cora Hollema, T.J. Johnson, Phil Mason, Mister Acker Bilk, Angela Brown, Ron Mc Kay, Pauline Pearce, Rod Mason,Marjorie Barnes, Dim Kesber , Barbara Johnson ,Ria Demmenie and many others. The band played in almost every Belgian Youth club and jazz club. The G.R.C.JAZZ BAND played on many jazz festivals in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and in the United Kingdom, with Wallace Davenport, Gene Connors, Digby Fairweather, Cousin Joe, Janice King, Sammy Rimington, Maggie Kinson ,and George Probert In the seventies the band had a jazz club Jazzton in Kortrijk ,and produced the first two records with George Probert (Jazz ton record GR 2221) and with Ken Colyer ( GR 2231 ). In the eighties the band played many concerts in The Lanteern at De Haan (LP Parsifal 400/9001) and at The Artist in Ostend ( LP Parsifal 400/9003). In 1982 there was a reorganisation of the band and English musicians as Colin Bowden ( dms ) , Alan Elsdon (tp) and Terry Brunt (tb) joined the band. They are still regularly playing with the band. In 1985 ex Dutch Swing College bassist Bob van Oven joined the band. As a result of this Cees van den Heuvel on trumpet and Thomas Hipp on trombone are now regular members of the band. Nowadays, the Golden River City Jazz Band is playing in several line-ups consisting of Belgian, Dutch and British musicians such as Jean-Jacques Pieters, Arsène De Vlieger, Cees van den Heuvel , Alan Elsdon, Thomas Hipp, Terry Brunt, Bob van Oven, Andries Schoneveld, Colin Bowden, Paul Brandes and Jean-Paul Mahieu. The musicians of the Golden River City Jazz Band hope you will share their enthusiasm and the joy of live their music wants to bring. If you can't get enough of it, just don't miss the annual golden River City Jazz Festival, early in September.
April 30th 2009, Den Haese Kortrijk
Guest: Steven Nederhorst, bjo,guitar

May 01 2009, Begijnhofpark Kortrijk
Guests: Steven Nederhorst, bjo,guitar;
Bert Huysentruyt, drums

March 7th, GL jazzclub Lendelede
Guest: Steven Nederhorst, bjo,guitar

December 6th 2008, Jazz at the church Bissegem

December 13th, Kortrijk Vetex building

Oct 2008 Lazy River Jazz Club, Gent

Oct 2008 rehearsal with church choir, Bissegem (Belgium)

Oct 2008 Jazz at Verdi, Kuurne Belgium

Jazz club In den Ouden Sint Pieter, Izegem (Belgium)

St. Jansfeest Kortrijk 05-07-2008, guests: Henk van Muyen, trb and Theo Beuker, drs
Jazz in Den Haese 30-05-2008
Kortrijk 16-04-2008
Een plezante middag in Outrijve Click HERE
Jazzclub Lendelede March 2007
Lazy River Jazzclub Gent March 2007

KTA Kortrijk March 2007
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