Belgian jazz between the two World Wars

5th of October 2012

The Pernet Collection is the reference collection for jazz in Belgium. It contains extremely rare documents that illustrate the introduction, spread and establishment of this musical trend in Belgium. An exhibition dedicated to the place of jazz in the inter-war period could not be organized without the Pernet Collection.

This exhibition-dossier organized at the Bruges Concertgebouw highlights the development of jazz between 1920 and 1940 and deals with two themes: the diversity of bands and the works of Peter De Greef, a leading jazz illustrator of the period.

The exhibition is organized as part of the Jazz Brugge 2012 festival. Like every two years, the Venice of the North becomes the capital of European jazz at the beginning of October. Some twenty well-known European bands are taking part and there is a daily midday concert, a piano concert in the chamber music hall and two concerts in the main concert hall. A full offstage programme completes the festival.