The Fondy Riverside Bullet Band is a jazz orchestra rooted partly in its homeground near the river Rupel and partly in New Orleans. The band was founded in 1970 by a handful of people from the town called Boom (Belgium). Currently two of them are still with the band, more specifically the two Van Breedam brothers: Johnny Van Breedam (trumpet, vocals) and Camiel Van Breedam (trombone, leader).
The rest of the personnel: Jos Koster (banjo), Karel Algoet (bass), Philippe De Smet (drums), Danny Everaert (clarinet, saxophone), Vigdis De Cauter (piano).
The story relating the way in which the name of the band came into being is of purely local inspiration. It has a lot to do with cats, a local pub, and the woman running it and the nearby river Rupel. When the musicians are in the right mood, they may be prepared to unveil this mystery for the umpteenth time.
The FRBB finds its inspiration in the jazz music of New Orleans, especially that from the Revival period, but also that of the nineteen twenties. The shining genius of Louis Armstrong is an important driving force of course, but also figures like George Lewis, Bunk Johnson, Jim Robinson, Kid Thomas, De De Pierce, ….
Therefore it is evident that the band has continuously been searching to play with New Orleans musicians and organising concerts with authentic Crescent City groups. In the meantime those performances have grown into cherished memories for hundreds of jazz fans.
The FRBB is not a dixieland band. It is not a band that functions by means of a wind-up mechanism. The group constitutes a living organism that reacts to mood, inspiration, public, accommodation, atmosphere, … In the focal point of this mix of influences they try to recreate the urban negro folk music of New Orleans; they don’t play their music to show off, but for the kick it gives them and their public.
When the orchestra is at its best, it functions like a magnet: every person within the range of its power field is attracted and displaced by it. Jazz fans in Belgium, Germany, France, Holland, England, Italy, Switzerland, ……. and New Orleans have already had the privilege of experiencing that magnetism.
If you want to stay closer to their home base, you can hear the band live in Jazzclub Het Veerhuis in Klein Willebroek (Belgium) every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month (except July & August) from 21.00 to 23.30 or buy some of the records, cassettes, CD’s that the band has made during its 35 year long evolution.

 

Cover en label
 
Titel,  personel and recorded numbers
 

recorded
 


LP FONDY 7770
 
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans ?
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp),  Sammy Rimington (clt+sax), Guy Preckler (dms), Rogier De Wachter (bj), John Marks (pno), Hugh Van Praet en Brian Turnock (bs)
Numbers: 1.Bugle Boy march  2.Let me call you Sweethaert  3.South of the border  4.Sugar blues  5.Bogalousa strut  6.Moonlight and roses  7.Darktown strutters ball  8.Abide with me  9.Margie  10.Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
1974

LP FONDY 7771
 
Alvin Alcorn meets his friends in Belgium
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Alvin Alcorn (tp),  Sammy Rimington (clt,sax), Sorin Houlind (dms), Walter De Troch (bj), Butch Thompson  (pno), Ad van Beerendonk (bs)
Numbers: 1.Lazy river  2.At a Georgia Camp meeting  3.A kiss to build a dream on  4.Ciribiribin  5.Chinatown my Chinatown  6.Basinstreet blues  7.The love nest
1976

LP FONDY 7772
 
Butch Thompson in Belgium
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Jacques Cruyt en Johnny Van Breedam (tp), Butch Thompson (clt), Guy Preckler (dms), Luc Van Hoeteghem (bj), Walter De Troch (pno), Ad van Beerendonk (bs)
Numbers: 1.Last night on the back porch  2.Bill Bailey won't you please come home  3.Memories  4.Don't go away nobody  5.You tell me your dreams  6.Whenever you're lonely  7.Laughing samba  8.In the gloaming
1976

LP FONDY 7774
 
Anniversary Breakdown
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), John Defferary (clt,sax,voc), Trevor Richards (dms), Bob Barton (pno,voc), Koen De Cauter (bs)
Numbers: 1.Anniversary breakdown  2.Go to New Orleans  3.Mean to me  4.Rosetta  5.On a slow boat to China  6.Tell me your dreams  7.Avalon  8.All of me  9.Sweet devil blues  10.In de shade of the old apple tree  11.Algiers strut  12.Give me that old time religion  
1980

LP FONDY 7775

 
Red Roses for a blue Lady
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Adolf Robertus (clt,sax), Jan Van Acoleyen (dms), Jos Koster (bj,gtr), Ad van Beerendonk (bs)
Numbers: 1.Cielito Lindo  2.Big butter and egg man  3.Amor  4.When the swallows come back to Capistrano  5.Willie the weeper  6.West end blues  7.Moose march  8.Oh how I miss you tonight  9.The birth of the blues  10.Linger awhile  11.On the sunny side of the street  12.Indian love call  13.Second line  14.Red roses for a blue lady
1982

LP FONDY 7776
 
Jeanette Kimball meets the Fondy Riverside Bullet Band
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Adolf Robertus (clt,sax), Jean Pierre Roelant (dms), Jos Koster (bj), Ad van Beerendonk (bs), Jeanette Kimball (pno)
Numbers: 1.Clarinet marmelade  2.I want a big butter and egg man  3.Tishomingo blues  4.Ain't misbehavin'  5.The birth of the blues  6.Down in Honky Tonk town
1985

MC FONDY 7777





 
Recorded live in Jazzclub Het Veerhuis
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Frank Roberscheuten (clt,sax), Onno de Bruijn (dms), Jos Koster (bj), "Lille" Lisdat (pno), Karel Algoed (bs)
Numbers: 1.Shake it and brake it  2.New Orleans  3.Sweethaerts on Parade  4.There's yes yes in your eyes  5.His eye is on the Sparrow  6.Sensation Rag  7.I want a little girl  8.Old spinning wheel  9.Red sails in the sunset  10.Panama  11.Sentimental journey  12.Sister Kate  13.Jambalaya  14.Chimes blues  15.S'il vous plaît  16.Love song of the Nile  17.Sing on  18.Please don't talk about me when I'm gone  19.Didn't he ramble  20.Bye bye blues
1990

CD FONDY 7778



 
ANGRY
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Frank Roberscheuten (clt,sax), Onno de Bruijn (dms), Jos Koster (bj), "Lille" Lisdat (pno), Karel Algoed (bs)
Numbers: 1.Angry  2.Beautiful dreamer  3.I wonder what become of Sally  4.At a George camp meeting  5.Oh you beautiful doll  6.Shine  7.Black and blue  8.Jada  9.Coquette  10.My little girl  11.We shall walk through the streets of the city  12.Moonlight and roses  13.Up jump the devil  14.Float me down the river  15.Climax Rag  16.Into each life some rain must fall 17.It feels so good  18.When I come to the end of my journey
 
1993

CD FONDY 7779


 
Fondy Live ! in Het Veerhuis
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Frank Roberscheuten (clt,sax), Philippe De Smet (dms), Jos Koster (bj), "Lille" Lisdat (pno), Karel Algoed (bs)
Numbers: 1.In the shade of the old apple tree  2.Last night on the backporch  3.Silver bells  4.St James infirmery  5.It's only a paper moon  6.Just a closer walk with Thee  7.Pallet on the floor  8.When you wore a tulip  9.When I grow to old to dream  10.Sweet substitute  11.Song of the islands  12.Bye and bye  13.Red Roses for a blue lady  14.My blue heaven
 
1994

CD FONDY 7780


 
Jazzyversary   25 Years Fondy
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Frank Roberscheuten (clt,sax,voc), Philippe De Smet (dms), Jos Koster (bj), Walter De Troch (pno), Karel Algoed (bs)
Numbers: 1.Has anyone seen my Kitty  2.Together  3.Gettysburg march  4.I Ain't got nobody  5.Easter parade  6.I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate  7.Tipitin  8.Tishomingo blues  9.Should I reveal  10.Li'l lisa Jane  11.Darling Nelly Gray  12.Ting a ling  13.Don't fence me in  14.Siboney  15.Milneburg joys  16.When its sleepy time down south
1995

CD FONDY 7781



 
Fondy & Sammy - Dreaming on the river
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Sammy Rimington (clt,sax,voc), Philippe De Smet (dms), Jos Koster (bj), Walter De Troch (pno), Karel Algoed (bs)
Numbers: 1.Dreaming on the river  2.Winin'boy blues  3.Muskrat ramble  4.Tie me to your apron strings again  5.I'm putting all my eggs in one basket  6.Just a gigelo  7.High Society  8.Pass me not oh gentle saviour  9.I don't see me in your eyes anymore  10.Dippermouth blues  11.Savoy blues  12.St Philip street breakdown  13.Just a little while to stay here  14.Ice cream
1997

CD GHB BCD-430

 
Fondy in New Orleans
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Ronald Wildering (clt,sax), Philippe De Smet (dms), Jos Koster (bj), Walter De Troch (pno), Karel Algoed (bs)
Numbers: 1.Ole miss rag  2.Blues for Lille  3.Magic is the moonlight  4.Don't give up the ship  5.St James infirmary  6.Salutation march  7.I'm sorry I made you cry  8.Trust in me  9.La Paloma  10.Washington and Lee swing  11.Paper doll  12.Just a closer walk with Thee  13.On a little bamboo bridge  14.Struttin' with some barbecue  15.Memories  16.Pennies from heaven
 
2000

CD FONDY 7782 *
Fondy - REDBOX - Jazzyversary 35°
Personnel (CD2 nrs 12 - 18): Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Danny Everaert (clt,sax), Philippe De Smet (dms), Jos Koster (bj), Vigdis De Cauter (pno), Karel Algoed (bs)
CD fondy 7782-1:
1.Bugle Boy march  2.Moonlight and roses  3.Margie  4.At a Georgia camp meeting  5.Memories  6.Rosetta  7.On a slowboat to China  8.West End blues  9.Indian love call  10.I want a big butter and egg man  11.There's yes yes in your eyes  12.Panama  13.Chimes blues  14.Love song of the Nile  15.Oh you beautiful doll  16.Climax rag  17.Pallet on the floor
CD fondy 7782-2:  1.Easter parade  2.Sister Kate  3.Darling Nelly Gray  4.Siboney  5.When it's sleepy time down South  6.Muskrat ramble  7.Tie me to your apron strings again  8.Savoy blues  9.St James infirmary 10.On a little bamboo bridge  11.Pennies from heaven  12.Ramona  13.Beg your pardon  14.Ballin' the Jack  15.Home  16.Fitgety feet  17.De brug van Willebroek  18.Red roses for a blue lady
 
2005

CD FONDY 7783 *
Vredesconcerten Passendale
Personnel: Camiel Van Breedam (tb,voc), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Sammy Rimington (clt,altsax,mandoline,voc), Koen De Cauter (clt,sopraansax,guitar),Philippe De Smet (dms), Jos Koster (bj,guitar), Vigdis De Cauter (pno,voc), Karel Algoed (bs,sousafoon,voc)
Numbers: 1.Original Dixieland One Step  2.Pick A Bale O'Cotton  3.Over There  4.My Belgian Rose  5.Roses Of Picardy  6.I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now  7.It's A Long Way To Tipperary  8.Strange Fruit  9.Tiger Rag  10.War/Colonel Bogey  11.Short Dress Gal  12.Bogalusa Strut  13.Cap's Blues  14.High Society  15.Careless Love  16.Ice Cream  17.When You Wore A Tulip  18.Bye And Bye  19.Moonlight And Roses  20.New Orleans Function  21.Till We Meet Again
 
2007

CD FONDY 7777 *
Sentimental Journey, a tribute to Lille Lisdat
Bezetting: Camiel Van Breedam (tb), Johnny Van Breedam (tp,voc), Frank Roberscheuten (clt,sax), Onno de Bruijn (dms), Jos Koster (bj), "Lille" Lisdat (pno), Karel Algoed (bs)
Nummers: 1.Sentimental journey   2.Please don't talk about me when I'm gone  3.Sweethaerts on Parade  4.There's yes yes in your eyes  5.His eye is on the Sparrow  6.Sensation Rag  7.I want a little girl  8.The old spinning wheel  9.Red sails in the sunset  10.Shake it and brake it  11.Sister Kate 12.Jambalaya  13.Chimes blues  14.S'il vous plaît  15.Love song of the Nile  16.Sing on  17.Panama Rag 18.Bye bye blues
 
1990
     

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