Claude Bolling is a world famous French jazz pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, who virtually defined the concept of jazz-classical crossover with his groundbreaking work "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano" (CBS) which stayed Number 1 on the US Billboard's charts for a phenomenal 464 weeks !
His works are also very important in film music with more than a hundred film and TV soundtracks compositions to his credit ! Best known in that sphere for his contribution to the Alain Delon- Jacques Deray gangster spoof Borsalino in 1970.
Claude Bolling is often referred to as "Duke Ellington's spiritual son", not only because he was a protege and close friend of the jazz legend, but because he is the best living interpreter of Ellington's sound.
As a player, his skill with the keyboard and deep feeling about his music is immediately heard and as an entertainer, it is always very apparent that this man actually enjoys communicating with audience members and bringing them to their feet !
For many years regarded as the foremost French ragtime and boogiewoogie pianist, Bolling’s own keyboard style derived at least in part from such greats as Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson.
His meeting with Stéphane Grappelli in 1991 for the album First Class (which won both the Django d’Or 1993 and Prix du HCF) is another great phonographic success. These issues allow the Claude Bolling big band to rightful take its place at the top of the list of modern day big band jazz orchestras, paralleling the great big bands to which it walks in stride with.
With his big band, Bolling toured the United States in 1989, 1991 and 1996 and Central America in 1995 and 1998 and he has variously joined forces with the Illinois Jacquet and Mercer Ellington orchestras.
In 1994, at the Caen monument, the Bolling big-band opened a series of concerts marking the fiftieth anniversary of D-Day.
His ongoing interest in the music of his idol prompted him to make the first complete recording of Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige (1989) and to perform, in Paris in 1996, the suite A Drum is a Woman.
The Claude Bolling Big Band of today is comprised of talented musicians, several who have remained with him for many years. It celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006 and made a tour of the world playing to large audiences in the United States, in Asia, in South America, and in Mexico.
Today Claude Bolling occupies, by the reflection of his persona and accomplishments, the role of roving French ambassador of jazz throughout the world. He is of the same class and school where came the other two grand French masters of jazz, Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.
Three formulas available :
- Big Band (Claude Bolling + 18) Big Band's Repertoire
- Quintet (Claude Bolling + doublebass + drums/percussions + trumpet/bugle +
- "Classical and Jazz" Trio (Claude Bolling + doublebass + drums/percussions)
A female or(and) male singer can be available in the big band and quintet formulas.
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Official website (FR): http://www.claude-bolling.com/fr/actualites.php
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