Sadi (real name, Pol Sadi Lallemand) was a Belgian jazz musician, born in Andenne on October 23, 1927 and died in Huy on February 20, 2009. Sometimes nicknamed "Fats" Sadi, he was fond of the vibraphone as a performer, bongos, percussion and piano, but he was also a singer, including scat, composer, arranger and conductor.
Sadi shows very young a passion for music and appears from 9 years on stages, as an amateur, playing the xylophone. He discovered jazz with Louis Armstrong in 1938, and began playing the vibraphone in 1941. In 1945, he became a professional musician and traveled through Europe for the American army with an orchestra, the Bob Shots, formed in particular by Bobby Jaspar, Jacques Pelzer and René Thomas.
In the 1950s, he lived in Paris where he played in particular with the orchestras of Michel Legrand, Aimé Barelli, Jacques Helian and Sacha Distel, and played in the most famous clubs of the time such as the Club Saint-Germain or the Blue Note. On April 8, 1953, he participated in the final recording session of Django Reinhardt with Pierre Michelot and Martial Solal for the firm Blue Star.
In the 1960s, he was hired by the RTB where he hosted a radio show (from 1961 to 1965, with the orchestra of Henri Segers) and had his own television show, from 1969 to 1974.
He received a Djangodor in 1996, and was named European vibraphonist of the year in 1998, during a referendum organized by the Belgian radio stations RTBF and VRT.
Sadi died during the night of February 19 to 20, 2009, while being treated at the hospital in Huy.
Sadi et son Vibraphone * Chez moi * 1957