Janot Morales, born and raised in a circus family, has made a long career in jazz music in Belgium.
In 1941 he joins the band of Fud Candrix.
Around and after WW II, he can be heard with Jeff De Boeck and his Metro Band, the big bands of Charlie Calmeyn, Bobby Naret, Stan Brenders, Gus Clark, Jean Omer, the Belgian All Stars Big band, etc...
In 1943, he joins the popular Ernst Van't Hoff band and in 1945 "The Internationals" (Jeff De Boeck).
In 1950, he joins the French band of Jacques Hélian (in which Sadi, Jean Warland, Kenny Clarke, Ernie Royal have participated).
Back in Belgium, he presents a quartet with Francis Coppieters (p), Jean Warland (b) and singer Mary Kay.
In 1956, he forms a big band, which plays at the Casino of Knokke and at the "Lido du Place" in Brussels.
He played all over Europe, and recorded a.o. with Django Reinhardt, Sadi, Scott Bradford (p), Jack Van Poll, Etienne Verschueren and Francy Boland.
He was a member of the big bands of Henri Segers, Francis Bay and later joined Etienne Verschueren and the BRT Jazzorkest, where he stayed until the end. With that band, he played with numerous US and European solists, and for numerous composers and arrangers (Francy Boland, Bert Joris, Bob Porter, Freddy Sunder, Etienne Verschueren, Sadi, Michel Herr, to name just some Belgian names).
In 1976, he appears on 3 LPs (now reissued as a double cd) with the Francy Boland Orchestra : "Francy Boland-The Orchestra-Blue Flame-Red hot-White heat"(MPS 0602517643888).
He appears on Gasty Meyer's album "Changing Moods" with the Belgian All Stars Big Band featuring Benny Bailey & Toots Thielemans.
He also appears on several tv shows and albums recorded by Sadi.
As a leader, he released :"Janot Morales et son orchestre" (Victory 11041, 1956) a quartet album titled "Miles Inspirations" (LP, on Selection J5132, 1983) with Gus Decock, Paul Dubois, Garcia Morales.
He also was involved in some fusion projects.
Father of drummer Garcia Morales.
Janot Morales was a complete and flexible player, a strong soloist at ease in different styles, always with a warm and personal sound.