Bobby Jaspar

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Robert B. "Bobby" Jaspar (born February 20, 1926 in Liège (Belgium), † March 4, 1963 in New York City ) was a Belgian jazz musician ( tenor saxophonist and flutist ).

life and work

At the age of 11 Jaspar began to play piano and clarinet, and as a teenager he switched to alto and tenor saxophone. In 1944 he co-founded the formation The Bob Shots ; In 1945 he played together with Toots Thielemans in a Dixieland band. After Jaspar had made music for the US soldiers stationed in West Germany, he lived in Paris from 1950 , where he worked live and in the recording studio with many French ( André Hodeir , Bernard Peiffer ) and American musicians of modern jazz , including Dave Amram , Chet Baker and Jimmy Raney . In 1956 he moved to New York City with his wife, singer Blossom Dearie . 1956/57 he appeared with the quintet of J. J. Johnson ; In 1957 he worked briefly with Miles Davis . In 1958 he completed an extensive European tour with Donald Byrd's quintet . In 1959 he worked as a guest soloist with the Bill Evans Trio , in 1960 with the singer Chris Connor , but also with Attila Zoller in a quartet for a long time at the Village Vanguard . In 1961 he and Zoller were in Europe. In 1962 he undertook another European tour with the Belgian guitarist René Thomas . Jaspar also worked with John Coltrane , Elvin Jones , Herbie Mann and was involved in the realization of the film music composed by John Lewis for Una storia milanese (Eng. Title A Milanese story ) from 1962. He performed one last time at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London before returning to New York City due to a serious heart condition . Heart surgery, presumably linked to substance abuse, led to early death.

Bobby Jaspar is considered a rhythmically confident, melodically imaginative tenor saxophonist with influences from Lester Young , Stan Getz and Zoot Sims .

The Prix ​​Bobby Jaspar of the French Académie du Jazz for the best European jazz musician of the year is named after him.

Selection discography

As a leader

As a sideman

  • 1954 Jimmy Raney: Visits Paris (Fresh Sound)
  • 1957 Hank Jones Trio plus Bobby Jaspar
  • 1957 JJ Johnson: Live At The Café Bohemia (Fresh Sound)
  • 1957 Idries Sulieman & John Coltrane: Interplay ( Prestige Records )
  • 1959 Wynton Kelly : Kelly Blue (OJC)
  • 1962 Herbie Mann : Flute Souflé (OJC)
  • 1962 Chet Baker : Italian Session ( RCA )
  • 1962 John Lewis: A Milanese Story / Animal Dance (Collectables)


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