About the band

Three steaming horns, a great energetic rhythm section and a bag full of swing classics;
that's what Birdie Bounce is all about!
These six musicians fell in love with the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Clark Terry.

They find their joy in playing swing like it is meant to be played.
With their own arrangements, they tempt to approach a big band sound. But besides that, they also know how to play in a smooth way and keep up the old, dusty atmosphere.

Birdie Bounce has its roots in the bouncing heart of Ghent, Belgium.
Amongst their experiences there's swing parties in Ghent, Brussels, Antwerp and Rotterdam; the lindy hop society has no secrets for this band.

If you want to dance, or feel like you want to time travel back to the twenties,
then Birdie Bounce is what your doctor would suggest.
Cosy hot club grooves, spices with a breeze of New Orleans… I bet you're already licking your chops!
They are already grandma's favourite swing band. Soon yours as well?

See us in action at the Gentse Hoppers Exchange 2016 Jack 'n' Jill finals:


Heleen Andriessen

Inspiration: my friends, "onzen baas", Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Gogo Penguin, Mozart, Céline & haar katers, Rutger Bregman, Kiekeboe and life itself.

"Never don't give up"

Edward Demoor

Inspiration: Slam Stewart, Fats Waller, Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, Larry Grenadier, Tool, Tom Waits, Mother earth

"I think I am, therefore, I am... I think."

Jan Van Steenbrugge

Inspiration: from Mahatma Gandhi to Black Francis

"Swing is not the determination of two points, but rather that which unfolds in between"

Jonathan Ackaert

Inspiration: The old swing gods, Whycliffe Gordon, Marshall Gilkes and anyone who makes it their mission to give the audience a Fuck-yeah feeling in the heart of their solo.

Ruben Van Bost

Inspiration: Hendrik De Man, Mötley Crüe and Hank Mobley.

"The razor sharp afterbeat of Jan is my only certainty in life."

Simon Lagrange

Inspiration: from Charlie Shavers to Clark Terry

"Swing Rhythm puts me in a trance, so you can't blame me for wanting to dance."

Other projects: ’t Mouvement, The Dipsy Doodles, Crazy Legs

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