ANDRE DEJEAN – THE PURITY AND THE ELEGANCE OF THIS MUSICIAN FORCED THE OWNER OF A MUSIC STORE TO GIVE HIM A TRUMPET FOR FREE
André Déjean is a native of Petion-ville, Haiti. He is a trumpeter, trombone’ player, song writer, and arranger. He attended Lycée Pétion-Ville and was part of the school band with Isnard Douby, Herman Nau, and his older bother Fred.
A trumpet virtuoso, his playing style is full with creative leaps, joyous melodies and driving rhythms. His playing technique coupled with his long practice session, allow him to vividly express his individualism without compromising the band essence. In his long career, he has accompanied great vocalists like Nelson Ned and Ansy Desrose. He wrote or arranged many hits songs such as: Marina, Arrete, Mots Creoles, Malere, Debake, Leon, L’Humanite, Cote Menage Ou, Macaron, and Gladia. I can fluctuate between “La foi”, a song of Christian sensibility to “Naide” of Voodoo overtone.
From the early 60’s until today, he has not lost hs touch. To support his statement he must relate this fact: Not long ago, he went to a music store in Manhattan to buy a trumpet. He picked a beautiful trumpet and went on to test its efficiency. He started to play a solo from Marina song. All the great musicians that were in the store were seduced by the purity and the elegance of his rendition and converged toward him to savor this free concert. For more than three minutes, everything stayed still and he was the center of attention.
After falling in love with the new trumpet, he went to the cashier to pay for it. As he was pulling out his wallet the owner of the store, a trumpeter himself, declined to take money from him. As perplexed as he was, he tried to collect his thought, the owner said: “You are too good and it is an honor for me to give you this trumpet”.
Andre Dejean actually lives in USA and he’s considered as one of the greatest Trumpet players of all-time
Les Frères Déjean is a kompa band formed in 1963 under the name Les Frères de Pétion-Ville by its maestro Lyonel Déjean, before being called with current name. It was not until 11 years after the creation of the group for the first album to be recorded.
This album will be entitled “Haiti” and will be concentrated of hits. Other albums will follow, however, one of Déjean’s milestone is certainly Bouki ac Malice, recorded in 1977 with the songs Débaké and Arrêté.
The group kept a core of members from the Déjean family, and has experienced throughout its existence, a series of departures and musicians integrations. The Déjean brothers have contributed to give to Haitian music acclaim, and led the way to a very professional way of designing musical creation in the Caribbean, like other Haitian group as the Magnum Band, which also will be distinguished by its professionalism.