A fine swing tenorman whose main inspiration was always Coleman Hawkins, Guy Lafitte appeared in many mainstream settings through the years. LaFitte started out paying clarinet including with swing-oriented gypsy bands.
René Thomas was born 25 February 1927 in Liege, Belgium.
Although considered as one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the sixties,
he has remained rather unknown to the general public. After the second world war he played with the "Bop Shots",
Belgium's first Be-bop outfit with Jacques Pelzer and Bobby Jaspar.
Elek Bacsik (22 May 1926-14 February 1993) was a Hungarian jazz violinist and guitarist. Bacsik was of Gypsy descent and probably studied at the Budapest Conservatory but found his primary musical inspiration in bebop pioneers Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.
Bobby Jaspar (1926-1963) was a Belgian jazz musician, playing tenor saxophone and flute. Jaspar was born on 20th February 1926 in Liège, Belgium. He learnt to play piano and clarinet when young, later taking up the tenor sax and flute. he started his career with a band called the Bop Shots, gigging around U.
Pierre Michelot (March 3, 1928–July 3, 2005) was a French bebop and hard bop double bass player. Born in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris, Michelot studied piano from 1936 until 1938, but switched to playing bass at the age of sixteen.