National Jazz Orchestra Luxembourg,
The LJO was founded in 2005 to give a platform to up-and-coming jazz musicians so they could hone their skills, write for groups and play with musicians of the same calibre. The LJO had the honour of collaborating with George Duke and Didier Lockwood, a working relationship which saw the two artists perform solo on the jazz band's first album released in 2007 on WPR Jazz.
All the songs were written by Gast Waltzing. The LJO toured Europe with the Grammy Award-winning Paquito d’Rivera the same year.
The LJO strive to fuel the revival of literature for big bands as an art form, each group member is encouraged to write for the group and they actively seek out outside contributions and collaborations.
This means a vast and diverse new and original repertoire can be created for the big jazz band.
The LJO released their second album, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Band, in 2010. Guitarist and songwriter Laborier conducted the orchestra for the new album and introduced a new set of original scores. Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Band launched to great success in 2011. The LJO invited German jazz musician and actor Helge Schneider as a special guest especially for the occasion. Since then the LJO has twice performed with the Grammy Award-winning Jazz Diva Dee Dee Bridgewater, at the International Echternach Festival in Luxembourg and had the chance to work with Viktoria Tolstoy, Patti Austin and Richard Bona Gast Waltzing and David Laborier). 2016 saw the release of the orchestra's last two records. In keeping with the Luxembourg Jazz Orchestra's original concept, Jean-Jacques Mailliet, then a 16 year old violin prodigy, released his first album of original material alongside the LJO, produced by Gast Waltzing and showcasing arrangements for brass by Gast Waltzing and David Laborier. The same year, D'Pierle Vum Da, a collection of new arrangements by David Laborier and Jean-Jacques Mailliet, presented some of the best-known Luxembourg folk songs.
Founded in 2005, the ONJL came together to provide a platform for the upcoming talented jazz musicians to hone their skills, write for the formation and play with musicians of the same caliber.
The ONJL has had the pleasure to collaborate with George Duke and Didier Lockwood, a working relationship which led to both artists featuring as soloists on the jazz ensemble’s debut album released in 2007 on WPR Jazz. All compositions were written by Gast Waltzing. That same year the ONJL toured through Europe, performing alongside Grammy-Award winner Paquito d’Rivera.
The ONJL looks to contribute to the renewal of the literature for the Big Band as an art form, each member of the band is encouraged to write for the band and the ensemble actively seeks outside contributors and collaborations. In this manner, a large and varied new original repertoire for large jazz ensemble is created.
In 2010 the ONJL released its second album Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Band. Guitarist and composer Laborier takes charge of the orchestra as of the new album, introducing a new program of original compositions. “Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Band” was released with great success erlier in 2011. For this special occasion, the ONJL invited German Jazz musician and comedian Helge Schneider as special guest.
Since, the ONJL performed twice with Grammy and Tony-Award winning Jazz Diva Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Festival International Echternach in Luxembourg and has had the opportunity of working with Viktoria Tolstoy, Patti Austin and Richard Bona (whose music is arranged for Big Band by Gast Waltzing and David Laborier).
2016 sees the release of the latest 2 records of the orchestra. In line with the original concept of the Orchestre National de Jazz Luxembourg, then 16 year-young violin prodigy Jean-Jacques Mailliet releases his debut album of original material alongside the ONJL, produced by Gast Waltzing, and featuring horn arrangements by Gast Waltzing and David Laborier.
That same year, D'Pierle Vum Da, a collection of new arrangements by David Laborier and Jean-Jacques Mailliet, features some of the most well-known pieces of the luxembourgish folk song catalogue.