Alto saxophonist Frank Vaganée studied jazz at the Antwerp Conservatory and the Jazz Studio (under John Ruocco). In the mid-eighties he began his career as a professional musician working with various jazz ensembles, although at the time not billed in his own name.
Alongside other musicians he founded the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BJO) in 1993 and holds the position of lead alto saxophonist as well as artistic director. With the BJO, Frank has put together projects achieving international fame for both himself and the orchestra, touring Europe and the USA and collaborating with the greatest international jazz artists. In 2014 BJO received two Grammy Award nominations.
Frank Vaganée is increasingly sought after as guest soloist with various (international) ensembles and has thus performed in Europe, Japan and Russia. In addition to his work as a musician and composer / arranger, Frank has been teaching at the School of Science and Art Department of the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. Frank Vaganée was appointed ‘City Artist of Mechelen’ for the period 2011-2013.
The Frank Vaganée Trio consists of Jos Machtel (double bass) and Lionel Beuvens (drums).