From August 6-10, the small Belgian polder village Assenede changed its name to Jazzenede. For five days, the Flemish village alongside expressway E34 Antwerp/Knokke was the place to be for fans of ambitious rootsmusic, blues and jazz. The organizators Strandpaal 28 vzw and Vliet vzw presented on the occasion of this 3rd edition of the bi-annual music spectacle a highly interesting program: more than 25 well worth hearing concerts – all free of charge – took place under „Duvel Dream Ship“ chapiteau (Duvel is a Belgian special beer with a subtle bitterness) on the festival site at the backside of the new town hall, at jazz pub Strandpaal, Diederiksplein, and at WZC St. Jozef retirement home.
The real Music Band opened the festival with a moody dixieland concert, on Wednesday, August 6. The next days e.g. Ilse Duyck Group, Rony Verbiest Kwartet, Those Metal Boys with their Metal Toys, Roland & Bruno, Blues Lee, Jihye Lee Quintet, Stefan Bracaval Quartet, Waso, Tricycle, Phoenix Jazz Band, Vidaloo Five, Big Swing Band and Richard Roussselet – Marie-Anne Standaert Special Quintet came to Jazzenede. The very well-attended festival was finally closed on Sunday, August 10 at 11.30 pm with driving funk jazz of the seventies performed by Brazaville, the winners of the newcomer’s contest Jong Jazztalent Gent 2007. In my opinion, the revelation of Jazzenede 2008 was Jihye Lee, a young talented singer from South Korea with a clear crisp voice, who – with her quartet – featured an impressive performance with modern jazz improvisation and Korean traditional melodies. I’m convinced Jihye Lee , currently student at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, will reach the jazz top very soon.