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Claude Bolling

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: April 10, 1930    

Claude Bolling

Claude Bolling is one the most famous French musicians in the world. Although his passion is jazz, he is also an accomplished composer of pop music and has written numerous film scores. He is quite an accomplished player of classic ragtime and stride piano as well.

While born in Cannes on April 10, 1930, Claude Bolling has always lived in Paris. During the German occupation of France he received musical training from Marie-Louise “Bob” Hake, pianist, trumpet player and drummer in one of the many female orchestras à la mode in the inter-war period.

Claude Bolling was introduced to the magic world of jazz by a schoolmate friend and became enamored with the music of Thomas Fats Waller. At just 15 years old he gained recognition and high marks at an amateur contest organized by Jazz Hot and Hot Club from France in Paris. He soon became interested in the music of several other masters of the piano like Willie “The Lion” Smith and Erroll Garner. Most influential to young Bolling was one of the early pioneers of the stride style of piano playing, who went on to lead a successful big band during the Swing Era, the great Earl “Fatha” Hines....
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    La Gitane / Le Léopard

    Le Chant Du Monde
    2012
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    Vivre La Nuit (Bande Originale Du Film)

    Le Chant Du Monde
    2009
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    Jazzgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Chant Du Monde
    2006
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    Suites For Flute And Jazz Piano Trio

    Elabeth
    2003
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    Paris Swing

    Milan Records
    2003
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    Plays The Original Piano Greats

    Le Chant Du Monde
    2001
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    Borsalino & Borsalino And Co

    Le Chant Du Monde
    1998
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Featured recording “Jazz in Paris”

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Jazz in Paris

Verve international (2001)

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