Fats Sadi

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"Fats" Sadi ; actually: Sadi Lallemand ; (* 23. October 1927 in Andenne ; † 20th February 2009 in Huy (Belgium) ) was a Belgian jazz - vibraphonist , drummer , singer and composer .

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At the age of eleven, Fats Sadi played the xylophone , later the vibraphone . After the Second World War, Sadi became a professional musician. In Liège in 1948 he was a member of the formation The Bob Shots , which also included the soprano and alto saxophonist Jacques Pelzer , the tenor saxophonist Bobby Jaspar and the guitarist René Thomas . He played with Don Byas in 1947 and then stayed mainly in Paris, where he worked with Jack Diéval and Django Reinhardt .

Fats Sadi participated in the session of April 8, 1953 in Paris, in which the last recordings of Django Reinhardt before his death on May 16, 1953 were made (titles: Le Soir, Chez Moi, I Cover The Waterfront and Deccaphonie ); other players were Martial Solal , Pierre Michelot and Pierre Lemarchand . In 1953 he also played with Aimé Barelli , then with Martial Solal (1954). In 1955 Sadi had his own band in Paris, to which Dave Amram and Bobby Jaspar belonged. From 1955 he was also a member of André Hodeir's formation Le Jazz Groupe de Paris , then with Jacques Hélian (1955–1957). In 1957 he directed a large orchestra with which he worked in Spain. He also recorded with Lucky Thompson and in 1958 became a member of Michel Legrand's formation . In 1959 he worked with Kurt Edelhagen's orchestra .

After his return to Belgium, Sadi worked in the orchestra of Henri Seghers for the TV station RTBF and led a big band. In 1967 he played with Klaus Doldinger ; Occasionally he also worked with the Kenny Clarke / Francy Boland Big Band and accompanied Caterina Valente . In the 1970s, Sadi had his own television show on Belgian television called Swing a Little . Sadi fell ill in January 1995 and only appeared sporadically on the jazz scene. In 1996 he received the Belgian Django d'Or .

Boris Vian compared Sadi's early style to that of Lionel Hampton .

Selection discography

  • Don Byas Quintet: Don Byas featuring Mary Lou Williams & Beryl Booker (Vogue, 1953)
  • André Hodeir and his Jazz Group de Paris: The Vogue Sessions (Vogue)
  • Bobby Jaspar: Bobby Jaspar & His Modern Jazz (Vogue), Bobby Jaspar / Henri Renaud (Vogue)
  • Django Reinhardt : Bruxelles / Paris (Musidisc, 1938–1953)
  • Zoot Sims : Jazz In Paris: Zoot Sims & Henri Renaud (Emarcy)
  • Martial Solal / Fats Sadi Quartet: The Complete Vogue Recordings Vol. 2 (Vogue, 1953–1956)
  • Fats Sadi: Ensadinado Mr. Fats Sadi, His Vibes & His Friends (SABA 1966)


  • John Jörgensen & Erik Wiedeman: Jazz Lexicon ; Munich, mosaic.
  • Alexander Schmitz & Peter Meier: Django Reinhardt , Oreos, Gauting.
  • Martin Kunzler : Jazz-Lexikon , Reinbek, Rowohlt 1988.
  • Bielefeld Jazz Catalog, 2001.
  • Boris Vian: pride and prejudice. Writings, glosses and reviews on jazz . Vienna, Hannibal, 1990.


  1. He chose Sadi for his stage name because he had an aversion to his surname ″ Lallemand ″, which means German (L'allemand) in the French language .
  2. In a concert review of the Nice Jazz Festival in 1948, Vian mentions the playing of Fats Sadi in the band of Jean Leclère : Sadi's contribution to the vibraphone should be mentioned in particular, who here proves to be a loyal student of Hampton , quoted here. after Vian, p. 39 f.

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