Star Eyes

'Leuven Jazz' will present some of the biggest stars in the internation jazz scene. Don't miss out on these headliners!

  • Laura Jurd (SAT 21.03)
    Award-winning trumpet player and composer Laura Jurd is one of the most distinctive jazz musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years. She'll present her eclectic new album 'Stepping Back, Jumping In' with her 14-piece live band.
    The evening will open with a lyrical, rhythmic set by singer-guitarist Camila Meza and bass-player Or Bareket, two top talents from the New York jazz scene.
  • An Pierlé Quartet (SUN 22.03)
    In her new Quartet, singer-pianist An Pierlé joins forces with guitarist Koen Gisen and the youngsters from SCHNTZL. They'll present the brand-new live album 'Sylvia', an accessible mixture of jazz, cabaret and experimental pop music.
    In support, the LUCA Bigband with singer Zoë Modiga will pay tribute to the music of South-Africa and Miriam Makeba.
  • Exclusive: Isolde & Friends (TUE 24.03)
    Drummer and singer Isolde Lasoen gets carte blanche to browse the rich history of jazz: from swing to hard bop, with some occasional funky horns, pieces of soul and R&B, including well-known standards and groovy instrumentals. She gathers an all-star band and invites some fine guests, including Gregory Frateur, Bert Ostyn, Naomi Sijmons, Lubiana en Elizabeth Atieno.
  • Femi Kuti (THU 26.03)
    With his band The Positive Force, Femi Kuti will serve pure afrobeat with some powerful horns! His energetic live set also contains reggae, soul and calypso and - above all - a message of love and hope!
  • Double Bill: Jason Moran solo & Kandace Springs (SUN 29.03) 
    A tremendous double bill to conclude the festival! American top pianist Jason Moran (Charles Loyd, Joe Lovano, Stefon Harris, The Bandwagon …) masters all techniques, has an expressive style and unlimited energy and brings a unique and extremely varied repertoire.
    With her female power trio, singer-pianist Kandace Springs will present her brand new album (to be released on Blue Note in February). With her warm and sensual voice, she perfectly combines the vocal jazz tradition with modern R&B influences