Dreaming Of A Jazzy Christmas

Marc Matthys (Gent, 1956): piano
As a pianist and a composer, Marc Matthys occupies a unique place in the world of Music.
Having concluded his classical training at the Royal Conservatory of his birthplace Ghent, he made himself known as an extremely versatile musician in genres as diverse as classical music, jazz and pop.
As such, he cooperated with the likes of Neeme Järvi, Walter Boeykens, Frédéric Devreese, Aga Winska, Toots Thielemans, Eddie Daniels, Jo Lemaire and Shirley Bassey (DVD-recording).
Matthys is the head of the Conservatory of Kortrijk and a teacher at the Hogeschool Gent (Royal Conservatory). He has been awarded several distinctions, most notably the Grand Prix Humanitaire de France. Matthys was a laureate of competitions such as Tenuto 1979, Europ’ Jazz Contest and the Jazz Concours of Dunkerque, The National Competition for Jazz-themes 2002 (BAP-SABAM), The first KLARA-composition contest 2005, touring Europe (Oslo, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Dublin, Essen…) Russia (Moscow and St Petersburg) and the United States (Michigan, Ohio) with concerts and performances of his own compositions.
They have been recorded on CD by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, The National Orchestra of Belgium, The VRO Philharmonic Orchestra, I Fiamminghi, Arco Baleno, Big Band Sound, Convivium Musicum, Viviane Spanoghe, Toots Thielemans and many others.

Walter Boeykens (Bornem, 1938) : clarinet
The Belgian clarinettist Walter Boeykens has already been a guest at various major European music Festivals including Paris, Berlin, the Festival of Flanders, the Festival of Wallonia and many others.
He has played as a soloist in a variety of chamber music ensembles in the US, Japan, Israel, etc. and has given concerts with his Walter Boeykens Ensemble on the world’s most prestigious stages. His impressive number of recordings includes most of the masterpieces of the clarinet repertory. In addition, he has played under the baton of eminent conductors like Pierre Boulez and Leonard Bernstein. As a teacher, he shared his talents at a number of prestigious conservatories, such as the Royal Flemish conservatory and the Rotterdam conservatory. For all his merits, Walter Boeykens was raised to the peerage by King Albert II in July 1997.

Paul Dubois (Brussels, 1924): vocals / double bass
Paul Dubois, a self-taught bassist, has become a central figure of Belgian jazz. He is one of the few bassists to use the bow, playing and singing his solos in a way that is reminiscent of American bassist Slam Stewart. He started his I.N.R. contract, the national radio institute with Toots Thielemans in the Henri Van Bemst Quintet in 1948.
He played with countless American soloists, including jazz legends such as Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Lester Young, Don Byas, Earl Hines, Hank Jones, Buck Clayton…
Also a painter, Paul Dubois is considered a bass player of class and distinction who perfectly illustrates mainstream jazz in Belgium.

Nathalie Matthys (Kortrijk, 1994): vocals
Nathalie Matthys is the youngest daughter of Hilde Pas and Marc Matthys. She started playing the piano with her father at the age of 7 and follows courses at the Conservatory of Kortrijk in the class of Nina Ardachirova. She obtained the first prize in the contest “Jonge Solisten Aan Zee” in Ostend, 2005. She loves singing and dancing and is a pupil of the classical ballet course in the same Conservatory.

Vanessa Matthys (Kortrijk, 1988): vocals
Vanessa Matthys studies classical violin (with Hilde Pas) and jazz vocals (with Marjolein Cneut) at the Conservatory of Kortrijk. She is a member of the Euregion Symphonic Orchestra (Euso) with whom she performed in Doornik, Lille and Kortrijk. Vanessa also worked with the Concord Jazz ensemble on a CD and frequently performs with her own band, “Black Chilli”, all over Belgium.
Together with Julien Libeer she forms the duo “Opposition”, which brings a mixture of classical and Jazz music. Together they reached the finals of the “Musiclive 2005” contest and were given the opportunity to record their own CD.

Hilde Pas (Zele, 1957): violin
Hilde Pas studied violin and chamber music at the Royal Conservatories of Ghent and Brussels under the tutelage of Georges Octors. She also won first prize in the Axion Classics Contest. Currently she teaches at the Conservatory of Kortrijk and works as a freelancer for I Fiamminghi, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, N.O.B and Celestial Consort (conducted by Henri Raudales). Furthermore, she is a member of the Gaggini String Quartet and the Amanti dell’ Arte and Papageno Chamber Orchestras. She has also performed with many renowned artists such as : J.P. Rampal, A. Adorian, Grumiaux, I. Stern, Shirley Bassey, Nathalie Cole, father Louis Pas en husband Marc Matthys.

Jan Pas (Zele, 1962): cello
Jan Pas was born in Ghent and studied in Detmold (Germany). At the age of 18 he became solo cellist at the Brussels Opera House, in 1985 at the Mannheim National Theatre and in 1988 at the Stuttgart State Opera House. He is currently a member of the Bayreuther Festspielorchester and worked with the likes of Paul Gulda, Raymond Leppard, Marc Matthys and many others.

Serge Plume (Ronse, 1967): Trumpet-Flugelhorn
Serge Plume studied classical trumpet at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and received his diploma in 1990 from the conservatory of Hilversum where he studied in the Jazz department. He began his career with the former BRT Jazz Orchestra and the BRT Big Band. That was followed by several other Big Bands: The Skymasters (Hilversum), The Orchestre National de Jazz (Paris) and SWR (Stuttgart). He has played all the well-known Jazz Festivals: North Sea, Middelheim, Lisbon, Montreyx, etc. A valued studio musician, he has worked on many Radio and TV shows with international performers, including Al Jarreau, Michel Legrand, Quincy Jones, Catarina Valente, Georgie Fame and others. Serge Plume is co-founder of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra where he is first trumpet. At present, he also teaches at the Lemmens Institute in Louvain.

Marc Roosendans (Zele, 1954): bass
Marc Roosendans studied at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and received a diploma for percussion, double bass and chamber music. In the Eddie De Latte orchestra he accompanied Rudolph Shock, Marco Bakker, Tamara Lund, Vicco Toriani and Demis Roussos. With the Marc Matthys combo, he worked with Toots Thielemans, Judie Niemack and Walter Boeykens. He also teaches at the Lokeren, Buggenhout and Lebbeke music academies.

Fred “ el pulpo” Savinien (Paris, 1963): percussion
Fred “el pulpo” Savinien, studied Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Cuban percussion in Puerto Rico. He graduated from the “instituto superior de arte” of Havana, and is titular of the “national degree of percussion teacher” in France.
Currently, he teaches at the National Conservatory of Lille (France) and works as a freelancer, playing many different styles and in even more bands. He performed, among others, with Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Michel Legrand, Toots Thielemans, Lou Bennet, Alfredo Rodriguez, Azuquita, Africando and Deep Forest.

Peter Verbraken (Kassel, 1956): guitars
Peter Verbraken was born in Germany and has degrees in classical guitar, jazz guitar, bass guitar, music theory and arranging.
Since 1996, he teaches MIDI, jazz, bass, and pop guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. Currently, he mainly works as a studio-musician, composer and arranger.
Over the years, he has performed with over 350 musicians, foreign and domestic, including Jo Lemaire, Louis Neefs, André Hazes, Shirley Bassey, Randy Crawford, Michel Legrand and many others.
He toured with Caravelli in Japan for 5 weeks and worked on the creation of “Scopa” (Wim Mertens). In June 2005 he recorded an album with Michel Legrand and Melissa Ericco which was produced by Phil Ramone and in October of the same year he performed live with Michel Legrand in quartet ( this concert is also available on DVD).

Cover for 'Dreaming Of A Jazzy Christmas - Dreaming Of A Jazzy Christmas' Dreaming Of A Jazzy Christmas - Compilation
  1. White Christmas - Irving Berlin
  2. Silent night - Edelweiss - Traditional - Richard Rodgers
  3. Land of hope - Marc Matthys
  4. A child is born - Thad Jones - Alec Wilder
  5. Jingle Bells - Traditional
  6. Sad Waltz - Marc Matthys
  7. Träumerei - Marc Matthys
  8. I wish you a merry Xmas – Waltz for 4 - Marc Matthys
  9. Après un Rêve - Gabriel Fauré
  10. Vocalise - Marc Matthys
  11. Andante Semplice uit Mozart 2006, Con anima - Marc Matthys
  12. Adeste Fideles - Traditional
  13. Phantasy on « Danny Boy » - Marc Matthys
  14. Christmas Song - Mel Tormé - R.Wells
  15. I wish you love - Charles Trenet - Albert A. Beach
  16. What a wonderful world - Bob Thiele - George Weiss
  17. So Many Stars - Sergio Mendes - Alan and Marilyn Bergman
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