Jean Fanis has been active as a pianist on Belgian jazz scene of the post World War II era.
An illustrator of the be-bop tradition, he was also an experienced accompanyist.
He played with the best jazzmen of Belgium.
He played with Mickey Bunner and his Orchestra, a.o with Jean Robert.
He often was associated with saxophone player Jack Sels. He appears with him on the legendary LP "Jazz in Little Belgium" (Decca).
He played with his small bands as well as his big bands, in the company a.o. Charlie Knetgel, Herman Sandy, Christian Kellens, Francy Boland, André Coel, Alex Scorier, Roger Asselbergh, Benoît Quersin, Rudy Frankel, Nick Fissette, Jay Cameron
Jean Warland, Freddy Rottier, Etienne Verschueren René Thomas, Raoul Faisant, Jacques Pelzer etc...
He also appeared with Jack Sels' Saxorama, with a sax section composed of Jack Sels, Emile Chantrain, Franz L'Eglise, Benny Couroyer, Pros Creado, Guy Dossche.
He appears on the 2 LP compilation "The complete Jack Sels" (Vogel records 101AS & 102 AS), with Philip Catherine, etc...
Between 1953 and 1957 he was the house pianist at the Brussels "Rose Noire" and had the opportunity to play there with many US and European soloists, a.o. Clifford Brown...
In the 60ies, he played and recorded with the quartet of Sadi and was during many years the pianist of the Al Jones Trio, with Roger Vanhaverbeke on bass. With that trio (with Al Jones on drums), he accompanied numerous prestigious US soloists, such as Lucky Thompson, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, etc...
He also played at the Brussels Blue Note, again with many well known soloists, such as Ben Webster, Stuff Smith, etc...
He also played and recorded with the Sadi Quartet (album "More vibes", 1977).
Other albums on which he appears :
LP "Jazz in Little belgium" (Decca 123.259) with the Jack Sels Quartet, with Jean Warland and Rudy Frankel.
"The complete Jack Sels" (Vogel records 101AS & 102 AS), with Philip Catherine, Al Jones Trio, Saxorama, etc...
CD "50 years of Belgian jazz" (Tauro) with Jack Sels
Herman Sandy "The talent of Herman Sandy (Jazz Club LP J.C. 6010)
Jacques Pelzer Modern Jazz Sextet : with Jacques Pelzer, alto sax, Herman Sandy, trumpet, René Thomas, guitar, Paul Dubois, double bass and Rudy Frankel on drums
Sadi : LP "More vibes" (Jazz Club, 1977)
Herman Sandy : "Innovation in Jazz", with Jean Fanis, Jean Warland, Feddy Rottier (1955)