This accordion player, composer and band leader was born on the 15th of May 1915 in the Walloon city Lessines, aboard a barge of his parents. As a kid he learned to play the accordion, fascinated by this instrument as played by his father and two brothers. Raised in Paris on board the ship, anchored since 1921 in the river Seine, he played, with his father and their accordions, at the bars in the northern part of the city. This small family band is named “JoJoJazz”. At the age of ten he accompanied vocalists in Parisian restaurants – Music has become definitely a part of his life. During the 1920s, after his father passed away, he played in cafés in Belleville and Ménilmontand and plays the bandoneon in a tango-orchestra. He also performed in cabarets. Music on three levels with the bands of Reinhardt, Viseur and Ekyan (Paris 1941) ( source Les grands orchestres de Music Hall en France - Jacques Helian)
In 1938 Gus performed in clubs with his own quintet, featuring guitar players like Sarane- Challin- and Baro Ferret ( Matelo too now and then) and bass player Maurice Speilleux and performed in the ‘Nuit du Jazz’.
Thanks to his improvisations he learned us that the accordion could be developed into a jazz instrument.
At the height of his career people compared him with Django Reinhardt ….. A great homage to Gus Viseur.
Translation Hans Koert