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Jef Neve (born 8 March 1977) is a Belgian jazz and classical music pianist and composer.

Jef Neve
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Background information
Born (1977-03-08) 8 March 1977 (age 42)
Turnhout, Belgium
GenresJazz, classical
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years activeEarly 2000s–present


Life and careerEdit

Neve was born in Turnhout, Belgium.[1] By the age of 14 he was composing music and playing in bands.[1] He studied jazz and classical music at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven and graduated in 2000.[1][2]

Neve wrote the soundtrack for Felix Van Groeningen's Dagen Zonder Lief.[2] He also composed for the VRT series In Vlaamse Velden (In Flanders Fields).[1] The pianist played on Ludovic Bource's soundtrack for The Artist.[1]

The Guardian's reviewer of Neve's 2008 release Soul in a Picture commented that the pianist's playing contained "a very personal language, one which draws freely on classical music and – aided and abetted by Piet Verbist (bass) and Teun Verbruggen (drums) – has the impetus of jazz and rock".[3] Neve appeared on José James' 2010 album For All We Know.[2]


An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

As leader/co-leaderEdit

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
2002–03 Blue Saga Contour With Piet Verbist (bass), Lieven Venken and Teun Verbruggen (drums); Peter Kindt and Kristof Lefebre (trombone); Koen Mertens (drums on one track)
2004* It's Gone Contour With Piet Verbist (bass), Teun Verbruggen (drums), Bert Joris (trumpet), Frederic Heirman (trombone), Peter Kindt (bass trombone), Berlinde Deman (bass tuba)
2006 Nobody Is Illegal EmArcy Trio, with Piet Verbist (bass), Teun Verbruggen (drums)
2008* Soul in a Picture EmArcy Trio, with Piet Verbist (bass), Teun Verbruggen (drums)
2009* Face to Face Enja With Pascal Schumacher
2010 Imaginary Road EmArcy Trio, with Ruben Samama (bass), Teun Verbruggen (drums)
2012* Sons of the New World Universal With Myrddin de Cauter (clarinet, guitar), Michael Campagna (sax, flute), Jo Hermans (trumpet, flugelhorn), Pieter Kindt (trombone), Bart Indevuyst (horn), Sean Fasciani (bass), Teun Verbruggen (drums)
2013–14 One EmArcy Solo piano

As sidemanEdit

Year recorded Leader Title Label
2010* José James For All We Know Impulse!/Verve
2010* Gabriel Ríos The Dangerous Return PIAS


  1. ^ a b c d e Hope, Alan (22 July 2014) "Face of Flanders: Jef Neve". Flanders Today.
  2. ^ a b c O'Brien, Jon "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  3. ^ Nicholson, Stuart (13 July 2008) "Jef Neve Trio, Soul in a Picture". The Guardian.