Top Row (L-R): Joseph Haniff – drums, violin; Bert Zorbag – guitar, banjo, vocal;
Jan van Ligten – bass, piano; Hanny Samethini – piano, bass, vocal
Bottom Row (L-R): Karel Imam – tenor sax, clarinet; John Kiliaan – leader, alto sax, clarinet;
M.M. Djoeki – trumpet, trombone, violin; Emile van der Hartt – violin
(Musicians identified by Indonesian jazz scholar Alfred Ticoalu)
Kiliaan and his men formed a compact but versatile group. Nearly all of them were adept with two or more instruments. As a sideman Han learned to play the saxophone, string bass, drums, and accordion. The earliest group picture we have shows Han standing, unsurprisingly, at the grand piano. But he was to became a virtuoso on the piano accordion. The difficulties for a pianist in mastering the latter instrument are outlined by American accordionist Alan Sharkis
Costume ball at the Cercle Hellendoorn dance hall in Surabaya (August 30, 1936)
The John Kiliaan Band stands in the back row under the “CH” logo.
Cercle Hellendoorn dance hall (Simpang)
The Simpang Restaurant building was renovated in the 1930s into a cinema complex.
It is located at the intersection of Simpang-Palmenlaan (now Jl Gub Suryo – Jl Pemuda). Here are two cinemas of Maxim and Sky and a dancing called Gaieté and the Cercle Hellendoorn nightclub.
Han Samethini Collection