In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Thursday, January 3, 2013


(25 CM FIESTA IS 10.043 – BELGIUM, 1956)

Hard to get 10" E.P from the Belgian jazz-history, kindly provided to me by Sunbop! Many thanks for this wonderful Christmas present.

In 1956, a jam session with a select crowd of musicians and jazz critics was held in the Decca studios in Brussels. The musicians were Jacques Pelzer on alto sax, Herman Sandy on trumpet, Jean Fanis on piano, Jean Warland on bass and Jo De Muynck on drums. They recorded seven tracks that would end up on this 10” called ‘Jazz For Moderns’. 
Belgian jazz history, captured on a beautiful 10” with modernist art work. 
Sunbop also sent it to Peer who posted it on his excellent Dutch Jazz blog (a private blog). 

There is a good biography of Herman Sandy on the very informative Lundis d'Hortense website..

Herman SANDY bought his first vinyl record, Georgia On My Mind, by Nat Gonella, in 1935. He then began studying trumpet and classical music, but was more interested in listening to Buck Clayton, Louis Armstrong and all the great American jazz musicians on the radio.
He toured in Germany after the Liberation, then returned to perform in Brussels.
He played and recorded with the bands of Bill Alexander, Septette Van Bemst, Charlie Calmeyn, Jack Sels, Jacques Pelzer, etc...

While playing in Leo Souris', David Bee's and Fud Candrix's historical Belgian orchestras, he went to perform with Toots Thielemans, Sadi and Jacques Pelzer at the Nice Jazz Festival in 1948.
He played with the band of Léo Souris a the Comblain-la-Tour jazz festival.
He spent six years in the Henry Segers TV orchestra, and 17 years with the great Flemish Francis Bay TV orchestra (later Freddy Sunder's orchestra).
In 1955, he records with the Jacques Pelzer Modern Jazz Sextet, with Jean Fanis (p), René Thomas (gt), Paul Dubois (b) and Rudy Frankel (drs).

In 1957 at a Miles Davis concert held at the Brussels Theatre Patria, Miles stopped Herman after finishing his set (his band opened for Miles Davis) and asked "Was that you playing 'You and the Night and the Music' ? It was damned good!"

He appears on the legendary LP "Jazz in Little Belgium" (1958, on Decca records 123.259) in the company of Willy Albimoor (p), Constant Letellier (ts), Roger Asselberghs (bar sax), Paul Dubois (b) and Johnny Peret (drs).

Herman Sandy & Toots Thielemans
In the nineties and around 2000 he plays with "Jazzfun" (Alex Scorier, Roger Asselberghs, Robert Pernet), and with Paul Dubois'.

Herman SANDY also led several bands, such as Herman Sandy’s Jazz Gang, Five is a crowd, with Vincent Mardens (saxophone), José Bedeur (bass), Jean Haurez (piano), José Wampach.He also played with the Retro Jazz Orchestra.

Album Info & Personnel:

Alto Saxophone – Jacques Pelzer
Bass – Jean Warland
Drums – Jo De Muynck
Piano – Jean Fanis
Trumpet – Herman Sandy


A1 Confirmation  
A2 Shank's Prank  
A3 Wailing Wall  
A4 Saul  
B1 Salute The Band Box  
B2 These Foolish Things  
B3 You And The Night And The Music



    pw: peer57

    And don't forget to thank Sunbop.

  2. Something new for me - Great!
    Looking forward to hear some unknown Belgian Jazz (Pelzer I knew before). Thank you Sunbop for the music and thank you Boogieman for the background and the Miles anecdote - always appreciated!

  3. thanks to boogieman, sunbop & peer for quality euro rarity