Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Belgian pianist, composer and arranger Michel Herr, was born on February 16, 1949, in Brussels and is active in the fields of jazz and film music. Since the seventies he has been a major player on the European Jazz scene. He appeared on more than 60 jazz albums.

Since 1984, he regularly played piano and keyboards with harmonica player Toots Thielemans. He performed with him throughout the world (Europe,Japan,Africa,U.S.), played many major festivals and participated in many records, TV Shows and film soundtracks.

Michel Herr had the opportunity to play with great American musicians like Joe LOovano, Chet Baker,Lee konitz,arta farmer,joe hendrson,johnny griffin,bill frisell, as well as many top European musicians, such as Palle Mikkelborg, Riccardo Del Fra, and the best Belgian musicians: Philip Catherine, Steve Houben, Bert Joris and others.

He led several bands, from the trio to the big band, a.o. a European quintet with Wolfgang Engstfeld (sax) and Bert Joris (tp), a nonet named "Life Lines", etc... in which he presents his compositions. He wrote for numerous jazz ensembles : WDR Big Band, ACT big Band, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (a.o with singer David Linx, the Metropole Orchestra (NL), etc...
2008 sees the release of a double album of his big band compositions with the Brussels Jazz Orchesta, "The Music of Michel Herr". He is also active in the field of film music.

Michel plays with Toots.

Reference - Wikipédia

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