“Check out Fabrice on tour using his AMT..”
– Fabrice Alleman
Fabrice Alleman received this summer, during the international jazz festival « Dinant jazz nights », the « SABAM Jazz Awards 2011 » (ex Belgian Django d’or) – confirmed musician.
Multi-saxophonist & clarinetist Fabrice Alleman was born in Mons, Belgium in 1967. 1996 was the year Fabrice created the “Fabrice Alleman QuarTeT” featuring three of Belgium’s elite jazzmen, Michel Herr, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse and Frédéric Jacquemin.
The quartet’s first album “Loop the Loop” recorded in-studio and live at the International Jazz Festival in Liège received the Nicolas DOR prize and Best jazz album of the year in 1998. He was also nominated Best soprano and tenor saxophone player by the Belgian radios referendum and the SABAM presented him with the Belgian Artistic Promotion award.
Eager for new musical experiences and showing a rare eclecticism, he added musical styles from fruitful meetings playing the blues with the Calvin Owens Orchestra from 1992 to 1998, rock, ethnic music, modern jazz with Stéphane Galland, Fabian Fiorini & Michel Hatzigeorgiou, light music with Adamo (album “Adamo Live”, 1996) & toured with the William Sheller group through France and Switzerland.
In 1997, he played an unforgettable concert with the Terence Blanchard Quintet and the OPL of Luxembourg. Between 1993 and 1998, he toured with the Sax no End Band through Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. This experience gave him the opportunity to meet double bassist Jean Warland. Since then, they’ve collaborated on several projects from 1999 to 2004 with the band The A- Train Sextet & toured Germany and Belgium with the Jean Warland – Fabrice Alleman Duo which an album was released in 2009; “The Duet”.
In 1999, Fabrice was given a “free-hand” for the Festival Cap Sud in Mons and took the opportunity to create the first version of the “One Shot Band” with violinist Jean-Pierre Catoul. The fresh spirit of this band paved the way for a series of concerts between 1999 and 2001. He also performed with Michel Hatzigeorgiou’s exciting “Jaco Pastorius Project” at the Middelheim Festival in Antwerp and at the Gaume Jazz Festival with Toots Thielemans & Othello Molineaux. Fabrice’s quarTeT has been invited to many of Belgium’s music festivals: Brussels Jazz Marathon, Jazz International Park, International Jazz Festival in Liège, Ciney Jazz Night, Tournée des Lundis d’Hortense, Nam’in Jazz, Gaume Jazz Festival, opening for legendary pianist Michel Petrucciani concert at the Audi Jazz Festival & Festival of Wallonia, He’s also been part of Lundis d’Hortense Jazz tour ’04 & Jazzlabs series in ’05 and has performed concerts in Luxembourg in France and in Senegal at the Saint Louis festival. « Sides of Life », the second album of the quartet issued in 2004 featuring the trumpet player Bert Joris and guitar player Peter Hertmans as guests with string quartet was voted Top CD in the magazine “Jazzmosaiek”.
In 2006, Fabrice’s quarTeT along with the Philippe Catherine band represented the Belgian delegation at the Warsaw Jazz Summer Days Festival in Poland.
That same year, trumpeter Randy Brecker joined the quartet at the International Jazz Festival in Liège for an incredible concert filmed by RTBF television (programmed for radio and TV in 2007). Fabrice joined the Nathalie Loriers Quintet (2006) replacing Gianluigi Trovesi and led a project paying a tribute to Buddy De Franco. Following 8 concerts with the San Severino Jazz Project at the Maroquinerie in Paris in 2004, he was called back two years later by Stéphane Sanseverino to direct, arrange and perform with the reed section of the Sanseverino Big Band & recorded on the album “Exactement” in 2006. This project toured in France, Switzerland and Belgium & performed more than 90 concerts during 2006-2007.
In addition to the various musical projects he’s led or took part in, Fabrice recorded numerous soundtracks; mainly composed by Michel Herr. He’s recorded with the WDR Big Band in Köln including the concert at the Leverkusen Festival with Nina Freelon, Hiram Bullock & Kenwood Dennard. In 2008, he met bassist Reggie Washington with whom he created a duo performing the music of Wayne Shorter playing festivals & concerts in Italy, France & Belgium.
In 2009, Fabrice presented his new quartet “Obviously” with Reggie Washington, Nathalie Loriers and Lionel Beuvens, based on what is undisguised and self-evident with compositions written “in one go”. The tunes were played during the band’s premiere tour in 2011 in Belgium which served as a prep for the new album. The last concert recording (L’f jazz Dinant) & a 12 minute film segment is scheduled for release in late 2011. In 2010, Fabrice led an ambitious project Fabrice ALLEMAN with chamber orchestra and collaborated with the Charlier-Sourisse duo.
Fabrice Alleman teaches at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles (saxophone, bands and big band).