Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

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Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band
OriginParis, France
Years active1960–1980
LabelsAtlantic, MPS

The Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band was one of the most noteworthy jazz big bands formed outside the United States.[1]


American drummer Kenny Clarke and Belgian pianist Francy Boland started the band in Paris in 1960.[2] A sextet became an octet before expanding into a big band that combined European musicians with American jazz expatriates.[2] The debut album, Jazz Is Universal, was released in 1962.[2]

The band collaborated with Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Derek Watkins, and Phil Woods.





  • Live in Prague 1967 (DVD) ( mpro Jazz, 2008)


  1. ^ Berendt, Joachim (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. pp. 366–367.
  2. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Bandy". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia del Jazz: Kenny Clarke accessed September 20, 2016


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