Active for 40 years and based in The Hague, the West Coast Big Band is now bringing two Belgian jazz giants to The Netherlands for the project Neighbours Meeting Colours, inspired by the album Meeting Colours by the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Guitarist Philip Catherine wrote the colorfully layered, melodic compositions while trumpeter Bert Joris made the wonderful arrangements. The two main players, who have both collaborated with their legendary fellow countryman Toots Thielemans, will be center stage once more. Ever since the 1960s, Philip Catherine is one of the prominent figures in European jazz, not just because of his flexible, dexterous guitar playing, but also because of his close-knit ensemble playing, his pure sound and his lyrical compositions. He collaborated with many of the greats, including Chet Baker, Tom Harrell, Stéphane Grappelli, Larry Coryell, Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus. As a solo trumpeter, arranger and composer, Bert Joris has an impressive track record. His playing is characterized by fluent musical lines, in which he is not afraid of taking risks. Since 1992 he regularly collaborates with Philip Catherine. He has also played with the likes of Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones.