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20 February 1926, Liège, Belgium, d. 28 February 1963, New York City, New York, USA. Jaspar came from a family of musicians, and studied piano between the ages of 11 and 13. In 1939 he adopted the clarinet and played jazz at US army bases in Germany. In 1950 he relocated to Paris, where he played tenor saxophone and flute with Henri Renaud and Bernard Peiffer. In the mid-50s he led a quartet at the Club St. Germain, backing visiting Americans such as Chet Baker and Jimmy Raney. He married the singer Blossom Dearie and moved to New York in April 1956. Jaspar had no difficulty in making contacts, as he had been voted New Star in the DownBeat critics poll, and recorded some sterling hard bop with Elvin Jones and Tommy Flanagan in November of that year. A tour with J.J. Johnson followed, then a brief stint with Miles Davis in 1957 and six months with Donald Byrd. Returning to Paris he held court for five months at the Chat Qui Peche club in...