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Emil Viklický + Steve Houben @ The Music Village
Emil Viklický + Steve Houben @ The Music Village

The Best Jazz Venues In Brussels

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Operations Manager
Updated: 6 December 2016
The capital of Europe has a vibrant cultural life, especially when it comes to jazz. Belgium has played an important role in the development of this unique musical genre and it may astonish some people to know that the saxophone is a Belgian invention –Adolphe Sax conceived the iconic instrument in 1846. Let’s discover what Brussels, with its strong jazz roots, has to offer.

The saxophone | © Javier Parra/Flickr

The saxophone | © Javier Parra/Flickr

The Music Village

Located just next to the historical Grand Place, The Music Village is an absolute must-do for all jazz lovers. Here you will find high professionalism in an intimate setting. The New York-style jazz club presents all year long internationally renowned artists, but also young talents. An irresistible atmosphere!

Opening hours: Open everyday from 7 pm.

Rue des Pierres 50, Brussels, Belgium +32 (0)2 513 13 45, booking@themusicvillage.com

Emil Viklický and Steve Houben at The Music Village | © elPadawan/Flickr

Emil Viklický and Steve Houben at The Music Village | © elPadawan/Flickr

Sounds

Considered by many as a real institution since the 1980s, the Sounds Jazz Club reveals a magnetic charm of musical authenticity. In a spirit of conviviality, Belgian musicians share the stage with performers from all around the world. Enjoy quality time while having a cocktail and some delicious Italian specialties.

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.

Rue de la Tulipe 28, Brussels, Belgium +32 (0)2 512 92 50, info@soundsjazzclub.be

Trombone | © Evonne/Flickr

Trombone | © Evonne/Flickr

Jazz Station

As the name implies, the Jazz Station occupies a renovated ancient railway station. Focusing specifically on the Belgian jazz scene, concerts as well as exhibitions and several other activities are organized in this exceptional building. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and listen to a rehearsal or a captivating lecture about jazz history.

Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Chaussée de Louvain 193, Brussels, Belgium +32 (0)2 733 13 78 info@jazzstation.be

Jazz Station | © Sonuwe/WikiCommons

Jazz Station | © Sonuwe/WikiCommons

Archiduc

In 1953, Stan Brenders, a pioneer of Belgian jazz, introduced his spirit and passion performing most evenings at the Archiduc. From that moment on, the outstanding art deco bar proposes, inter alia, Saturday’s Jazz After Shopping and Sunday’s Round About Five. Entertaining music surrounded by full-of-character décor. 

Open everyday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Rue Antoine Dansaert 6, Brussels, Belgium +32 (0)2 512 06 52

Archiduc | © Michel wal/WikiCommons

Archiduc | © Michel wal/WikiCommons

Théâtre Marni

The Théâtre Marni surprises with its various events and its joyful bar called the Marni Club, where, every first Thursday of the month, you are invited to savor a delightful jazz concert. The Marni Jazz Festival takes place every September honoring each year a different instrument.

Rue de Vergnies 25, Brussels, Belgium +32 (0)2 639 09 80, info@theatremarni.com

Théâtre Marni | © Antonio Zugaldia/Flickr

Théâtre Marni | © Antonio Zugaldia/Flickr

Brussels Jazz Marathon

You cannot keep spring as well as the Brussels Jazz Marathon from coming. Each May, share your jazz enthusiasm during three days with some great free entry outdoors and indoors concerts. We guarantee you a dazzling experience and a quaint ambiance.

+32 (0)2 456 04 84, info@brusselsjazzmarathon.be

Brussels Jazz Marathon 2012 | © Eddy Berthier/Flickr

Brussels Jazz Marathon 2012 | © Eddy Berthier/Flickr