- Address : Rue de la Tulipe 28, 1050 Ixelles, Belgique
When Sergio Duvaloni and Rosy Merlini arrived in Bruxelles in the summer of 1985, they only planned to stay a few months. But a chance conversation with a taxi driver alerted Sergio to the fact that a business was for sale at 28 rue de la Tulipe. He fell in love with the place and decided to buy it for his wife Rosy’s birthday. What started as a rock and rhythm and blues café soon evolved into a jazz club, following advice from Brussels jazz club legend Pol Lenders, whose own Bierodrome was a stone’s throw away at the corner of the street.
Since then, Sounds has not only hosted the pick of the Belgian modern jazz scene, including Philip Catherine, Aka Moon and Steve Houben, but also served as a stepping stone for many jazz musicians who would go on to become pillars of Belgian jazz over the years: Eric Legnini, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Octurn, Nathalie Loriers, Melanie De Biaso, Daniel Romeo, Jef Neve, Greg Houben, Pascal Mohy, Jean-Paul Estievenart, Antoine Pierre, Igor Gehenot and Margaux Vranken, to name but a few… The club’s reputation has spread worldwide and since the 1990s it has welcomed such internationally-famous artists as Charlie Mariano, Joe LaBarbera, John Abercrombie, Paolo Fresu, Mark Turner, John Scofield, Rosario Giuliani, Jonathan Kreisberg and Jacky Terrasson.
Sounds overcame every crisis as it arose, organising its famous jam sessions and offering the possibility for groups to play regularly, and so develop their repertoire, under the beady eye of its legendary boss.