The Bob Shots

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The Bob Shots (also Les Bob Shots or The Bob Shots du Hot Club de Belgique ) was a Belgian jazz band .

Initially, The Bob Shots was a swing band when they were founded by Pierre Robert (guitar) and Bobby Jaspar in 1944 in their musical direction . In 1946 Jacques Pelzer and Fats Sadi joined the group, which was initially mainly active in the Liège area; their role models were musicians like Teddy Wilson , Django Reinhardt and Duke Ellington . At the end of 1946 one began to deal with the innovations in jazz that came from the United States, in particular with the bebop music Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespies .

As one of the first bebop bands in Europe, The Bob Shots were active in Belgium and France from 1947 to 1949; In 1947 they were mentioned in the American jazz magazine Down Beat . The first recordings were made in 1946 on acetate ; finally on February 10, 1947, when she - in the line-up Jean Bourguignon (trumpet), Bobby Jaspar (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Jacques Pelzer (alto saxophone), Jean-Marie Vandresse (piano), Pierre Robert (guitar), Charles Libon ( Bass) and André Putsage (drums) - who recorded the tracks "Oop Bop Sh'bam" and " Moonlight in Vermont " for the Belgian label Olympia . After further test recordings in Brussels in 1948 ("Our Delight", with Georges Leclerq instead of Libon), the band did not return to the studio until 1949: in Paris they recorded (with the line-up Jean Bourguignon, Jacques Pelzer, Bobby Jaspar, Fats Sadi, Francy Boland ( Piano), Pierre Robert, Guy Leclerc and John Ward , drums) on May 13th for the French label Pacific six more tracks, "Boppin 'for Haig", "Boppin' at the Dodge", "Jack the Hipster", " My Desire ”,“ Pastel Blue ”and the standard“ Embraceable You ”.

Due to their musical orientation, the Bob Shots lacked a larger audience, but the band received recognition from music connoisseurs. The Bob Shots appeared in 1947 at the Festival du film in Brussels and in 1948 at the jazz festivals in Knokke and Nice; in May 1949 at the Festival International 1949 de Jazz in Paris. Other members of the group in the course of its existence were Armand Dilak (trumpet), Jean-Marie Vandresse, Maurice Simon (piano), and Jean Warland on the last recordings .

Web links

Lexical entry

  • Émile Henceval: Dictionnaire du jazz à Bruxelles et en Wallonie . Liège: Pierre Mardaga, 1991.

Individual evidence

  1. Tom Lord The Jazz Discography (online, accessed November 20, 2017)
  2. There also played Humphrey Lyttelton , Claude Abadie and the Dutch Swing College Band . Cf. Boris Vian : Around midnight - writings, glosses and reviews on jazz: Volume 1. Hannibal, Vienna 1989. P. 68.