BIOGRAPHY

Born in Brussels, march 22, 1965
Singer, composer lyricist, producer and multi-instrumentalist

A few awards amongst many :
– Knighted Knight of the Arts and Letters by French Minister of Culture – 2005
– Grand Prix Charles Cros Academy for Best Jazz record of the year – 2005
– Awarded Best European Jazz Musician by the Jazz Academy in 2005
– Knighted Knight of the Crown by the King of Belgium and Minister of Culture – 2008
– Grand Prix by the Jazz Academy for the Jazz-Opera «La Tectonique des Nuages » by Laurent Cugny – 2010
– Victoires du Jazz (European Grammy Awards) for best jazz-vocal album of the year with « Follow The Songlines » 2011
– Nominated for JazzIt (Italian Grammy’s) alongside Gregory Porter, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy, Al Jarreau, Michael Bublé in the category of Best International Jazz Male Vocalists 2013
– Les Octaves De La Musique (Belgian Grammy’s) for Best Jazz Album of the Year  2013
– Sabam (Ascap) Jazz Award 2013
– Les Octaves De La Musique lifetime Achievement Award 2017
– Edison Jazz Awards, Holland, for Brel with the BJO 2017
– Victoires du Jazz 2019: Voice of the Year (French Grammy Awards)
– Best jazz vocal record of the year by the Jazz Academy for Skin In The Game (2021)
– Grand Prix Charles Cros (coup de Coeur – jazz) for Skin In The Game (2021)
– many press Awards all over Europe

David Linx has recorded over 25 solo albums as leader and/or co-leader and besides his own projects he is a frequent guest in the jazz circuit and also giving masterclasses in renownded conservatories worldwide

Has worked since the 1980’s with :
Harry « Sweets » Edison, Johnny Griffin, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Natalie Dessay, The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Toots Thielemans, Mino Cinelu, Marc Ducret, Philippe Catherine, Paolo Fresu, Erik Truffaz, Aka Moon, Khalil Chahine, Roy Ayers, Oumou Sangaré, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Cobham, Lena Willemark, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen, Didier Lockwood, Richard Galliano, Michel Portal, Abraham Laboriel, Kenny Wheeler, Claude Nougaro, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Ivan Lins, Daniel Humair, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Omara Portuondo, Fay Claassen, Agnès Jaoui, Maria Pia de Vito, Irène Jacob, Rhoda Scott, John Clayton, Marc Ribot, Nguyên Lê, Craig Street, Ernie Wilkins, Ivan Lins, The Dutch Metropole Orchestra, Orchstra Jazz Della Sardegna, Steve Coleman, Jon Faddis, Ray Lema, Marc Ribot, Horace Parlan, Sahib Shihab, Andy Sheppard, Juan José Mosalini, Aldo Romano, Charlotte Rampling, Bob Stewart, Minino Garay, Hanna Schygulla, Maria Joao, Mario Laginha, Gustavo Beytelman, Maria de Medeiros David Gilmore, Maurane, Viktor Lazlo, , Juliette, Greg Cohen, Michel Fugain, Tetê Espindola, Ray Lema, Kevin Breit, Nathalie Baye, Claudio Roditi, Norma Winstone, Ibrahim Maalouf, Lenine, Cristina Zavalloni, Magic Malik, Tigran Hamasayan, Médéric Collignon, Jacques Schwartz-Bart, Miroslav Vitous, Hamilton de Holanda, Ira Coleman, Antonio Farao, Thierry Lang, Daryl Hall, Gregory Porter, David Murray, Alain Jean-Marie, WDR big band,,…

In 1986 David’s first acclaimed project « A Lover’s Question » with writer James Baldwin reciting his poetry on music composed and produced by David and Pierre Van Dormael, puts him in the lime light of the jazz world both in Europe and the USA. This cd with a.o. Steve Coleman, Slide Hampton, Deborah Brown recorded in 1985 and 1986 and released in 1991 is re-released in 2000 by Label Bleu/Harmonia Mundi and comes with a book of poems and short stories (some previously unpublished), in English, translated in French by the late Hubert Nyssen, founder and owner of the Actes Sud Publishing House

In 1992 David gets together with pianist – composer Diederik Wissels to form the legendary vocal- piano project that has never stopped recording and touring ever since, whether it be in duo, 4-tet, with Symphony Orchestra etc… This widely acclaimed duo – project is known to have given new life to contemperary vocal jazz ab-nd their songs appear in the Real Book of Sher Music. They have won numerous awards in many countries over the last 20 years. Their songs have been sung and/or recorded by many jazz vocalists such as Sheila Jordan, Maria Joao, Fay Claassen, Maria Pia de Vito, Norma Winstone, a.o.

They team up for projects with many different guests such as Paolo Fresu, « Heartland » for Universal Jazz.

In 2000 David records a cd of French songs ‘l’Instant d’Après », all originals, produced by Craig Street (Liz Wright, Cassandra Wilson,…) for Polydor/Universal to wide acclaim by press and audiences over Europe.

In 2003 Diederik Wissels sign up with Harmonia Mundi for a new cd celebrating their project’s 10th anniversary « This Time » and performa t the main Jazz International Festivals such as Vienne, Marciac, Montréal, Nice, etc…

At the end of 2004 Linx – Wissels team up with the 2 wonderful jazz vocalists Fay Claassen and Maria Pia de Vito to record « One Heart, Three Voices ». This project has them touring extensively for next 3 years.

David is Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he is in charge of the jazz vocal department since 1995. He is professor in residence both at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (Holland) and Siena Jazz University (Italy).

David has composed music for numerous scores for movies and documentaries. One of the movies (O heroi by Zézé Gamboa) has won the first prize at Robert Redford’s Sundance Festival.

David has sung the National Anthem in front of the King and the Queen of Belgium and over 800 000 people for the 175th anniversary of Belgium.

As leader :

> A Lover’s Question with James Baldwin and Pierre Van Dormael I 1986 I re-released by Label Bleu in 1999
> Hungry Voices | David Linx | Polydor | 1988
> Where Rivers Join | David Linx | September Records | 1990
> Moon To Your Sun | David Linx | Crépuscule / Pias | 1991
> Encores compilation | David Linx | HKM | 1995
> Standards | David Linx | Buy My Records | 1995
> L’Instant D’Après | David Linx | Polydor/Universal | 2001
> Changing Faces David Linx and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra avec en invités Natalie Dessay, Maria Joao et Ivan Lins – O+Music/Harmonia Mundi 2007
> Follow The Songlines /Naive 2010/David Linx Maria Joao Diederik Wissels Mario Laginha Christophe Wallemme Helge A,dreas Norbakken and the Casa Da Musica Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dirk Brossé
> La Tectonique des Nuages Opéra jazz de Laurent Cugny  /Radio France-Harmonia Mundi-Signature/ 2010
>  Rock My Boat /Naive 2011/ cd avec Rhoda Scott et André Ceccarelli avec Lenine, Nguyên Lê, Paolo Fresu, Julien Lourau, Sergio Krakowski, Laurent Cugny, Steve Houben, …
> A Different Porgy and Another Bess/Naive 2012/ cd with Maria Joao and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra
> Colors Of Time / Thierry Lang and David Linx/ Musiques Suisses 2013
> à NOUsGARO / Just Looking/Harmonia Mundi 2013
> Is That Pop Music ?!? Cristal Records/Harmonia Mundi 2013
> The Whistleblowers with Paolo Fresu and Diederik Wissels “Heartland” Bonsaï Music/Harmonia Mundi 2015
> Brel with the Brussels Jazz orchestra Jazz Village/Harmonioa Mundi 2016
>7000 Miles with André ceccarelli, Pierre-Alain Goulach and Diego Imbert-Soundsurveyor/ AutreDistribution 2018
> The Wordmith with Michel Hatzigeorgiou Soundsurveyor/Autre Distribution 2019
> Skin In The Game with Grégory Privat, Chris Jennings, Arnaud Dolmen, Manu Codjia and Marlon Moore Cristal Records/ Sony Entertainment Distribution 2020
> Let’s Play (celebrating David Bowie with JAV Contrband) InOuie Distribution 2021
> And Still We Sing with Fay Claassen and the WDR Big Band JazzLine 2021
> Be My Guest – The Duos Project with 15 guests a.o. Tigran Hamasyan, Ran Blake, Hamilton de Holanda, Theo Bleckmann, Nguyên Lê,…

With Diederik Wissels :

> Kamook | David Linx & Diederik Wissels | B. Sharp / CDS| 1992
> If One More Day | David Linx & Diederik Wissels | Crépuscule / TWI | 1993
> Up Close | David Linx & Diederik Wissels | Label Bleu / Harmonia Mundi | 1996
> Bandarkâh | David Linx & Diederik Wissels | Label Bleu / Harmonia Mundi | 1998
> Heartland | David Linx, Diederik Wissels, Paolo Fresu | Emarcy / Universal Jazz | 2001
> This Time | David Linx & Diederik Wissels | Le Chant Du Monde / Harmonia Mundi | 2003
> One Heart, Three Voices | David Linx & Diederik Wissels | e-motive Records / Nocturne | 2005
> Winds Of Change I David Linx& Diederik Wissels 4-tet with Ibrahim Maalouf, Jacques-Schwartz-Bart and Manu Codjia I Just Looking/Harmonia Mundi I 2013

As guest on the records of:

Aka Moon, Wise, Marc Berthoumieux, Daniel Yvinec et Guillaume de Chassy, Maurane, Claude Nougaro, Michel Benita, Daniel Goyone, Laurent Cugny, Khalil Chahine, Olivier Louvel, Christophe Wallemme, Michel Fugain, Sidji Moon, Daniel Mille, Ivan Paduart, Chris Joris, Julien Lourau, Paolo Fresu, Orchestra Jazz Della Sardegna, Erik Truffaz, Diederik Wissels, Khalil Chahine, Jeff Sharel, Minino Garay, Tetê Espindola, Gustavo Beytelman, Paolo Fresu, Thierry Lang, Jeff Sharel, Wise, André Minvielle et Jon et Michelle Hendricks, tribute to Claude Nougaro with André Ceccarelli, Giovanni Ceccarelli, Tam de Villiers, David Chevalier, Isabelle Olivier, Tam de Villiers, Erick de Armas, Celia Reggiani, Julien Daian,Thierry Maillard, Philippe Baden Powell, Timothée Robert, David Tixier, etc…

As producer:

> Alivio Y Recuerdo | Erick de Armas | Iris / Harmonia Mundi | 2003
> Géringonça | Ricardo Teperman | Iris / O+ / Harmonia Mundi | 2006
> Begin The Biguine / Viktor Lazlo / Polydor-Universal / 2007
> Vida Moderna / Erick de Armas / Bonsai Music / 2012

As drummer:

> My One And Only Love | Deborah Brown featuring Slide Hampton | Jazzcats | 1983
> Shining Like A Tear | Erling Kroner et Horace Parlan | Jazzcats | 1984 

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