Learn to play jazz in Brussels

BrusselsLife Team.

05 Jul 2012, 05:07 Last Updated: 13 Dec 2012, 07:12

Lovers of muted atmospheres and blue-tone notes know very well that jazz wouldn't be what it is today without Belgium and Adolphe Sax. Although the latter came from Dinant, Brussels is also a renowned Belgian jazz town for all brass and string instrument fans who want to learn how to play. Here is our six-point walking tour of the jazz places you must visit in the city centre.

"The visitor will start by going to rue de la Régence, where at the same height as the place du Sablon is the Conservatoire Royal de Brussels. This prestigious music academy has a jazz section leading to specialities, such as double bass, bass guitar, and saxophone. The artistic higher education course lasts four years. Leaving the Palais de Justice and Conservatoire behind, the visitor will then continue the musical tour by heading for the Musée des Instruments de Musique (MIM), in rue Montagne de la Cour. Here you will learn the origins of hundreds of musical instruments. The museum's library is, along with the museum in the Conservatoire Royal, an ideal place to start in-depth bibliographical research on the subject. A few hundred metres below the museum, musicians on the lookout for a trumpet, clarinet or alto saxophone will find just what they need opposite Galerie Ravenstein in the shop called Music & Instrument Distribution. As it is always a good idea to compare products from different shops (particularly when purchasing a musical instrument!), the tour continues to place de l'Albertine where, if you will take a left into rue Saint- Jean, you will find Leveugle Music House: a great place to rummage. Continue onwards down rue du Lombard to where it crosses with rue du Midi. Once there, Key Music and Music Office will satisfy even the most choosy customer."
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