Vaganée, Frank

Jazz Saxofoon

Frank Vaganée was born on March 19, 1966 in Mechelen Belgium.
He received a classical education at the Conservatory of Mechelen and the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (1974-1985).
Frank got improvisation lessons of American jazz saxophonist John Ruocco at the Antwerp Jazz Studio (1983-1986) and studied composition and arranging techniques at the Musikhochshule in Cologne with Bob Brookmeyer (1993-1995).
He moved in 1998 to New York to study overthere.
Since 1983 Frank leads his own bands and composes for large and small orchestras.
He worked freelance with the BRT Jazz Orchestra and BRT Big Band. (Belgian Radio and Television) (1986-1991)
Frank was a member of "The Timeless Orchestra" from the Netherlands which he toured throughout Europe and Japan. (1989-1993)
He represented Belgium in 1989 in the EBU-big band (European Broadcasting Union) in Lignano Sabbiadoro (I).
In 1991 Frank was elected by the Belgian Jazz Press as greatest jazz talent.
In 1993 he won the "CERA Youth and Music Prize".
In 1994 he won together with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra the "Prix Nicolas d'Or".
In 2001, Frank won the prize "Django d'Or".
In 2006, Frank won together with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra the "Flemish Culture Prize".
In 2011 he won the "Jazzmozaïk Award".
Frank was between April 1, 2011 and october 2013 appointed as City Artist of his city Mechelen.
In this capacity, he realized numerous projects in his hometown including; A jazz oratorio "Say, sing it, this city are we" in collaboration with poet Roger De Neef, due to the Newtopia festival, "The end of the world" a play in collaboration with theater ' t Arsenaal, "Serendipity" a musical score in addition to the exhibition of artist painter Beniti Cornelis. Compositions for the Mechelen carillon, "Scattered Rhymes" a project in collaboration with Zefiro Torna, numerous workshops in collaboration with the Municipal conservatory.
In 2012 he won with the BJO an Oscar for "Best original film score" for their cooperation in the realization of the soundtrack for the film "The Artist"
In 2014 together with BJO he was nominated for 2 GRAMMY's for the cd 'Wild Beauty".

Frank is since its founding artistic director of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (www.brusselsjazzorchestra.com)
Frank has collaborated in the making of the book "Toots 90", the TV program "Jazz Middelheim" (summer 2012) and numerous articles in the Belgian press and jazz press.
Frank Vaganée taught from 1987 till 1990 at the Jazz Studio (vzw Halewijn Foundation) in Antwerp.
From 1992 till 1994 he teaches jazz saxophone at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam
From 1993-2004 teaches saxophone and jazz ensemble at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent.
From 1993 until now teaches saxophone jazz, ensemble playing, big band playing, jazz arranging techniques, saxophone techniques at the LUCA School of arts department Lemmens Institute in Leuven.
He gives numerous workshops and master classes.
Frank is also an endorser for Yanagisawa saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.

Discography: (Most relevant titles)

- 1991:
Picture a View
Frank Vaganée Quintet
BSharp records
- 1991:
Songs for Mbizo
Chris Joris
Tonesetters
- 1993:
Introducing
Del Ferro/Vaganée Group
Hillstreet records
- 1996:
Live!
Del Ferro/Vaganée Group
ARecords
- 1996:
A Live Act
Act Big Band
Igloo records
- 1997:
Live!
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Coda records
- 1999:
Two Trios
Frank Vaganée Trio feat. John Ruocco
WERF records
- 1999:
The September Sessions
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
WERF records
- 2002:
The Music of Bert Joris
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
WERF records
- 2002:
Tumbuctu
Nathalie Loriers Trio + Extensions
WERF records
- 2003:
Naked in the Cosmos
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/Kenny Werner
Inpulz records
- 2005:
Meeting Colours
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/Philip Catherine
Dreyfuss records
- 2006:
Countermove
Brussels Jazz orchestra
WERF records
- 2006:
Dangerous Liaison
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/Filharmonie
Talent records
- 2007:
Eight Ball & White Horse
Florian Ross Octet
- 2007:
Changing Faces
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/ David Linx
O+ records
- 2007:
Yellow Sounds and other colours
Saxkartel
WERF records
- 2008:
The music of Michel Herr
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
WERF records
- 2008:
Ten years ago
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/ Richard Galliano
Milan records
- 2008:
Jazzolympics
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/David Linx
- 2009:
Creating Chances
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/Brussels Philharmonic
Nationale Loterij
- 2010:
Mama Africa
Brussels Jazz Orchestra & Tutu Puoane
Saphrane records
- 2010:
Vliegen tot de Hemel
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/Michael De Cock
Davidsfonds
- 2010:
Signs & Signatures
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/Bert Joris
WERF records
- 2010:
Marie’s Momentum
The New Chris Joris Experience
WERF records
- 2011:
Institute of Higher Learning
Brussels Jazz Orchestra ft Kenny Werner
HalfNote Records
- 2011:
Het einde van de wereld
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/Michael De Cock
Davidsfonds
- 2011:
Guided dream
Brussels Jazz Orchestra/Dave Liebman
Prova records
- 2012:
A Different Porgy, another Bess
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Naive records
- 2012:
Steven Delannoye NYTrio ft Frank Vaganée
Jazz Inside records
- 2012:
Happy Notes!
Del Ferro – Vaganée Group
WERF records
- 2013:
BJO’s Finest
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Saphrane Records NL
- 2013:
Wild Beauty
Brussels Jazz Orchestra ft Joe Lovano
HalfNote Records
- 2013:
Serendipity
Frank Vaganée – Beniti Cornelis
- 2013:
Big Company
Florian Ross Big Band
- 2013:
Here comes tomorrow
Steven Delannoye NY Trio ft Frank Vaganée
WERF records 116
- 2014:
The music of Enrico Pieranunzi
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
WERF records 125

- 2016:
   "BREL"
   Brussels Jazz Orchestra ft. David Linx
    JazzVillage
- 2016:
    Two Small Bags, Ten Million Dreams  Brussels Jazz Orchestra, I Solisti del Vento,  
    Brussels Vocal Project, David Linx, Tutu Puoane
    VOF SIEN

 

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