saxophone player, singer, songwriter
Laurent Doumont is a saxophone player, singer & songwriter from Brussels with a natural inclination for soul and jazz. In the 90’s he took part in Michel Hatzigeorgiou’s tribute to Jaco Pastorius. Around that time, Laurent began a career as a free lance musician, playing in several funk and jazz bands, including some gigs with Fred Wesley.
In 1999, in order to improve his musical skills and culture, he left for New York, where he took some classes with Chris Potter. He finally spent two years there, playing and hanging out in jam sessions. When he came back, he played with Boney M, The Gibson Brothers and George Mc Crae during the "Disco Night Fever" tour. Together with Olivier Bodson and Alain Palizeul, he seized that opportunity to found a horn section which became one the most sought after in Belgium and abroad. Later, a few concerts with Percy Sledge and a musical meeting with James Brown will top their résumé.
Laurent is proud to have been a member of Daniel Romeo’s band from 1999 to 2008, playing the saxophone, writing horns parts, song lyrics and occasionally singing.
From 2003 to 2005 he took part in the "Improsessions", an improvised interactive music show based on standard songs played in different styles with improvised lyrics.
Laurent Doumont is now co-leading and playing in "The Heavy Muffulettas", a rejoicing New Orleans band with bluesman Marc Lelangue, Patrick Dorcean and Raf Debacker. He also works on a regular basis with singer Little Collin.
As a matter of fact, the most important part of Laurent’s work takes place as a leader. Laurent has been leading his own band since 1998, in various formations from quartet to septet featuring musicians such as Daniel Romeo, Adrien Verderame, Patrick Deltenre, Vincent Bruyninckx, Bert Gielen, Bilou Doneux and Oti Van der Werf, joined later by Pali and Olivier, his fellows blowers.
His current and main project is an acoustic soul jazz band in various formations from 4 to 10 musicians featuring Lionel Beuvens (ds), Sal La Rocca (b), Vincent Bruyninckx (p), Lorenzo Di Maio (g), Raf De Backer (org), Olivier Bodson (tp), Alain Palizeul (tb), Chantal Kashala (voc), Nina Babet (voc), Camille De Bruyne (voc). Together they recorded the album "Papa Soul Talkin", produced by Da Romeo and released in November 2012. This album shows Laurent Doumont’s skills as a singer, songwriter, arranger and of course sax player.
Lately, he has put a new jazz trio called "Trio V.O" together with Sal La Rocca (db) and Patrick Deltenre (g) in which he plays and sings american, french and italian standards.
Papa Soul Talkin’
Released in november 2012. Produced by Daniel Romeo. Written and arranged by Laurent Doumont.
Laurent Doumont sax & vocals, Vincent Bruyninckx piano, Sal La Rocca double bass, Lionel Beuvens drums, Raf D Backer organ, Lorenzo Di Maio guitar,
Olivier Bodson trumpet, Alain Palizeul trombone,
Nina Babet, Chantal Kashala, Camile De Bruyne vocals.
Released in February 2000. Produced by Daniel Romeo.
Laurent Doumont sax & vocals, Patrick Deltenre guitar, Bert Gielen keyboards, Oti Van der werf bass,
Bilou Doneux drums.
Laurent Doumont Soul Quartet
This may look like a typical jazz quartet but surely doesn’t sound like one. This is an acoustic soul band, playing Laurent’s own songs and some selected standards. Vincent Bruyninckx (p), Sal La Rocca (b), Lionel Beuvens (ds) and our man LD will turn any jazz club into "The Apollo".
LD & The Soul Counsellors
This is the fully equipped deluxe version of Laurent Doumont’s soul band, adding a B3 Hammond organ, a guitar, a horn section and vocals to the original quartet. Room needed for the band and the dancers!
The sweet and soft touch of a drumless trio, with crooning vocals on selected tunes. Sal La Rocca (b), Patrick Deltenre (g) and Laurent Doumont (sax & voc), explore the blue side of traditional standards, putting here and there surprises from the French and Italian repertoires. Swinging and nostalgic.
Laurent has put that band together a long time ago and happily goes back to it from time to time. There’s nothing like an organ quintet to play some vintage soul jazz. A tribute to Lou Donaldson.
The Heavy Muffulettas
Marc Lelangue’s rejoicing New Orleans band has its own way to make you feel Louisiana to your core, bringing lots of fun to the funky tunes and an extra tear to the ballads. An everyday Mardi Gras, since 1998.
Lo & Co
The meeting with Little Collin (vocals & piano) was something special, a perfect musical match from the start. Together they play anything that comes to mind, freely and always soulfully.