Cruz controL are a Belgian 4-piece who create a lush, fluid and occasionally unsettling sound; alternately intimate and chaotic, and immediately recognisable as their own. Blending genres and eschewing stereotypes, they splice jazz, prog-rock, funk and avant-garde without ever letting go of the groove.

Cruz controL began life with the first public performance of “Scat” played as a piano/saxophone duet at the Gaume Jazz Festival in 2004. The duet has evolved into a quartet, becoming a ‘research lab’ for new progressive compositions and arrangements. From 2007 onwards, they perform regularly in venues such as l’An Vert, Open Jazz Festival, Brussels Jazz Marathon, N’8 Jazz

In 2010, the band is selected by Ça Balance, which leads to the opportunity of a working residency with Peter Hertmans, who also guides them through the recording of their new album in 2011. This proves to be a very fruitful experience and the band acquires more maturity and cohesion, as demonstrated by the warm audience reception of their 2011 concerts season (Jazz à Liège, Jazz at Comblain-La-Tour, Jazz à Huy …).

In autumn 2012, “le Comment du pOurqÙoi?” is released on Belgian label Mogno Music.

Julie Dehaye – Fender Rhodes Julie is a classically trained pianist with a progressive musical vision. Her musical career has led her on a journey from classical music to hip-hop, as well as contemporary music to rock and jazz.

Trained at the Royal Conservatory of Liège, Julie obtained her first prizes in piano and chamber music in 2002. She also explored free improvisation with Garrett List and contemporary jazz with Michel Massot’s ‘Rock de chambre’. Julie has also studied with Kris Defoort, Jozef Dumoulin, Fabrizio Cassol …

Julie plays / has played with Cruz controL (progressive jazz-rock – compositions / Fender Rhodes), King Lee (funk/hip-hop with Pavé from Starflam – synths / sampler), Triginta (6 hands piano – contemporary music), Algarade: piano-bass duet, Matters (soundpainting collective).

François Lourtie – Saxophones
François is a composer and performer who plays an active role in a variety of diverse musical projects: The Wrong Object (jazz rock), Tali Toké  (world jazz, around the bass saxophone), Cruz controL (progressive jazz), T&T and the Flying Circus (acoustic drum n’ bass), amongst others …

He’s also involved in Matters Collective – Realtime composing : projet organising, artistic performances and training workshops.

He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Liège with Garrett List (free improvisation) and Michel Massot (Rock de Chambre) as well as training under Fabrizio Cassol, Bart Defoort, Erwin Vann, Guillaume Orti

A self-taught saxophonist (tenor, soprano and bass), he has a very intuitive style and approach to music, placing his emphasis on energy & sound over technique & harmony.

Jérôme Klein – Drums
After studying classical piano and percussion at the Luxembourg Conservatory, Jérôme was drawn towards the freedom of improvisation and jazz. He devoted himself to drums, vibraphone and piano. Jérôme studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatory then obtained a Masters at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels.

Jérôme has been a member of the European Masterclass Bigband, conducted by the great German arranger Peter Herbolzheimer. As a result, Jérôme has played with musicians such as Benny Golson, Herb Geller & John Ruocco.

A few currents projects: Paradigm Junction, Pol Belardi Quintet, Lift, Quartet 4S, Octet Red, Cruz controL, Largo feat. Gast Waltzing, François-b, Arthur Links Quintet, Guillaume Vierset Quartet, DillenDub, Canopée… Jérôme crosses through genres, from jazz to pop, rock, to free improvisation.

Jérôme Heiderscheidt – Bass
Jérôme discovered the guitar at the age of 7. He started with classical and naturally progressed to playing electric guitar in rock bands. He then moved on to the bass guitar through a passion for funk, electro, drum ‘n’ bass & hip-hop. Looking for the groove first and foremost, he developed his playing style listening to records by Parliament/Funkadelic, Chic, Red Snapper etc. Delving into the depth of his instrument brought him to jazz and went on to study with Nicolas Thys, Benoît Vanderstraeten, Jacques Pili, Cédric Waterschoot

Jérôme also owns and manages Studio Ubik, a recording studio and audiovisual post-production facility ( where he composes hip-hop, pop, rock etc. and records many artists in all styles of music.

Amongst his past and current projects : Capture (trip-hop/electro duet, collaborating with artists such as Bai Kamara Jr, Pavé from Starflam, Bruce Ellison from PPZ30, etc.), Cruz controL (progressive jazz), King Lee (Hip-hop/Funk), Algarade (jazz/contemporary), Du vrai sirop sur vos tartines (Trad/Folk) …