Swing along with Belgian jazz!

30th of April 2020

Music has always brought people together. And even more now, in this period when we are physically apart from each other, music brings us joy and comfort. On the occasion of International Jazz Day, we invite you to discover a compilation of jazz from the collections of Robert Pernet and Jean Warland.

Protecting and preserving our musical heritage for future generations is among the priorities of the King Baudouin Foundation’s Heritage Fund. That is why it acquired two important and complementary collections of jazz, which have been entrusted to the MIM, the reference centre for Belgian jazz.

Robert Pernet was a musician, critic and historian who devoted his entire life to Belgian jazz. He assembled an impressive collection of over 7.000 records, hundreds of books and magazines, musical scores, programmes and photographs which have become an indispensable source of information for the history and study of jazz.

The jazz double bass player Jean Warland played in various jazz orchestras that defined the history of European jazz, as well as accompanying stars such as Toots Thielemans. Thanks to him, we have hundreds of concert and rehearsal recordings, as well as a number of musical instruments and an extensive collection of international jazz records.

So why not immerse yourself in these delicious sounds and take full advantage of our jazz playlist on Spotify!

Other activities: The King Baudouin Foundation also supports other musical projects thanks to its Funds and patrons. Quality musical instruments are made available to talented young musicians, who can also apply for grants for their musical training and promotion.