Hello there everybody. Well, it's nice to get to know some new people over here. Here is my bio:
Jef Neve was born in Belgium on March 8th, 1977. He studied at the Lemmensinstituut in Louvain, and took master classes with by Brad Mehldau, Martial Solal, Lew Tabackin, Toots Thielemans, Billy Hart, Bill Carothers, Kenny Werner and Bruce Barth.
In 2000 Jef graduated with Master of Music degrees in Jazz and piano, both with great distinction. In 2001 he specialized in Chamber Music and he was rewarded 'cum laude'.
Next to his musical education, Jef started to play in local bands at the age of fourteen. During that period he composed a wide variety of pieces for the most divergent ensembles (from piano solo to symphonic orchestra). From age seventeen to twenty he played with the popular funk band Mr. Zebedee, immediately his first contact with jazz and blues.
As freelance pianist Jef also participated in various jazz bands, classic formations, pop bands, theatre productions, studio sessions, i.e. from Get Ready (the famous Belgian boys band) to solo performances with the Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Michel Tilkin). In 2002 he worked for a year as a pianist and composer for the Contemporary Dance Company Dathe in London.
Blue Saga (2003), the first album of the Jef Neve Trio, was immediately a bestseller.
His second album Its Gone (Nov 2004) is ..1 best sold jazz album in Belgium, won the Radio Klara prize for Best Jazz Album 2005 and received unanimous critical acclaim in the international press.
, Oct. 05 : « From Belgium comes Jef Neve, an explosively gifted young pianist whose second album, It's Gone, is without question one of the best I've heard in 2005» )
Jef Neve is also part of the Pascal Schumacher/Jef Neve Quartet, with which he recorded two albums, and who won first prize at Avignon Tremplin Jazz. The band performed in Europe as well as tours in Australia and South-Africa.
In 2005 the Jef Neve Trio performed a large number of concerts and several international festivals (Athens Int Jazz, Blue Note Fest, Festival van Vlaanderen, Middelheim, Jazz à Liège, Audi Jazz Fest, ..).
Jef Neve was also nominated as best musician for the flemish Culture Awards 2005 as well as for the ZAMU Awards 2005.
Parallel to his fast growing activity as jazz artist, Jef played a classical program for 2006:the Goldberg Variations by JS Bach & some of his own compositions for classical trio.
In 2006 he signed for Universal Records. His first album for this company is "Nobody is Illegal".
During the summer of 2006 Jef was invited in Letonia on the Saulcrasti Jazz festival. In september he played with groovemaster "Sixtoo" (Canada) and the classical ensemble "Capilla Flamenca".
Coming up: release concerts for the new album in Belgium(AB-sold out, Warande, Rataplan,...), Holland (Lantaarnvenster- Rotterdam), Luxemburg, Portugal (Hot club de jazz- Lisboa) and France (Paris, Toulouse, Limoges,...), and a tour with the Pascal Schumacher 4tet in Vietnam!
Jef is doing the music for the new Felix van Groeningen movy 'Dagen zonder Lief'. In 2009 he did the sore for the same director on his 4th movy: 'De Helaasheid der Dingen'.
He received the Zamu Award for the jazz-section in 2006. In 2008 he got a "Mia-award".
The trio has been touring lately in France, Portugal, Italy and Germany. Coming up tours in Germany, Greece, Poland, Marocco, Austria, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain.
Jef played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and "I got Rythm Variations" with several orchestra's: The Royal Flemish Symphonic Orchestra, Jeugd En Muziek Antwerpen, Harmonieorkest Universiteit Leuven,...
The trio plays on the Blue Note festival in Ghent with the Italian trumpeteer Flavio Boltro, but earlier as well with Paolo Fresu.
The band has been touring all over the world for the last couple of months: Canada, Australia, Spain, UK, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany...
Jef has his own radio show: listen to Klara each friday between 7 and 9pm. You can listen as well by the internet: www.klara.be
and search for 'NEVE' in programs. If you would like to come and see us in the radiostudio, please write an email at email@example.com
The trio released their 4th album in april 2008:'Soul in a picture'. We also added some more free stuff, which came out on a 'special edition' together with the album. For the christmasperiod you'll find some tracks of a succesful soloconcert I did in Brussels at the end of last summer.
You have to check out one of my new projects: it's called 'Groovething' (find more info and music on my official website).
I finished a tour with singer Gabriel Rios: we had a lot of fun doing this tour! Our record will come out in february 2010.
I performed my pianoconcerto in the beginning of 2009: that was a thrilling experience! Would be great if oen or another nice classy record label would put that out: I spended 2 years of my life on that work! The national radio broadcasted it a couple of times and the concerts were sold-out, so that was great!
I recorded a standard album with NY based singer José James: "For all we know". That's going to be released on Impulse in april 2010. We also did a tribute to John Coltrane, with Richard Spaven on drums, the one and only Necille Malcolm on bass and Michael Campagna on sax: it feld like flying in a dream... Unforgetable.
I quited the quartet of the Luxemburg-based vibrophone player Pascal Schumacher, but we decided to keep on playing together as a duo. We're putting out our music on Enya in 2010: "Face to face".
Keep an eye on GROOVETHING, my favorite hobby where I'm playing the hammond organ: we putted out our first recording: 'The Love Album' (on Prova records).
I'm releasing a new duo album with singer José James: 'For all we know' (IMPULSE): this album is the result of spending a nice afternoon @ the Galaxy Studio in Mol (Belgium).
Member Since: August 30, 2006
Members: Jef Neve, piano
Ruben Samama (or Piet Verbist), double bass
Teun Verbruggen, drums
Influences: Mozart, Bach, Rachmaninov, Bartok, Beethoven, Symanovski, Miles Davis, Keith Jarret, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau, Brandford Marsalis, Oscar Peterson, Shakti, Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Shirley Horn, Samuel Barber, Messiaen, Bram Van Camp, Bert Joris, Paolo Fresu, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Joey Caldarazzo, Dana Winner, Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Björk, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, my mother, Cecilia Bartholy, Edith Piaf, Dre Pallemaerts, Afro cuban Allstars, Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Philiipe Catherine, Arno, Chopin, Quatre, Alexi Tuamarila, Sonny Rollins, Art Tatum, Meshell N'Degeochello, Jan Vermeulen, Alban Berg, Stravinsky, Gershwin, Wayne Shorter, George Clinton,...
Sounds Like: Me I guess!
Record Label: universal