Grammy nominated Classical and Jazz artist Claude Bolling died December 29, 2020 in Garches, France at the age of 90.  An official cause of death was not released.

A professional musician since he was a teen, Bolling has worked with numerous artists including Lionel Hampton, Yo-Yo Ma, Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Greco, Hubert Laws, Angel Romero, Jean Pierre Rampal, Roy Eldridge, and Kenny Clarke.

His album “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano” with Jean Pierre Rampal went gold and spent over 500 weeks on the Billboard music charts.

Bolling showed a little humour with his composition “Toot Suite for Trumpet and Jazz Piano”.

Over the course of his career, Bolling has composed music for over 100 film and television productions including “Lucky Luke”, “The Pleasure of Love”, “The Tiger Brigades”, “The Awakening”, “California Suite”, “Take Me to the Ritz”, “The Passengers”, “The Day and the Hour”, and “The Navigator”.

His music also appears on over two dozen soundtracks including “The Joker”, “The Holiday”, “The Thorn and the Rose”, “Holy Year”, “The Probability Factor”, and “Blood on the Streets”.

He is even credited with being an actor in “Chance or Coincidence”, “Ca va plaire”, “The Tiger Brigades”, “The Woman in Blue”, “The Day the Clown Cried”, and “Night Heat”

He was born Claude Jean Harry Bolling on April 10, 1930 in Cannes, France.

Predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Irene, Bolling is survived by his sons David and Alexandre.

Claude Bolling discography:
“Claude Bolling Play Duke Ellington”
“Les Succes de Django Reinhardt”
“French Jazz”
“Rollling with Bolling”
“Bolling’s Band’s Blowing”
“Cat Anderson, Claude Bolling and Company”
“Original Ragtime”
“Original Bolling Boogie”
“Original Boogie Woogie”
“Ragtime, Boogie Woogie & Jazz Classics”
“Swing Session: Claude Bolling and the Show Biz Band”
“Bolling: Concerto for Classic Guitar & Jazz Piano Trio”
“Claude Bolling: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio”
“Claude Bolling: Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio”
“L’Etrange Monsieur Duvallier”
“Borsalino/Borsalino and Co.”
“The Awaking” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
“Bolling: Picnic Suite”
“Bolling: Toot Suite for Trumpet & Jazz Piano”
“Only Have Eyes for You”
“Claude Bolling Big Band”
“Jazz a La Franciaise”
“Louisiane” (Bande Originale du Film)
“Bolling: Suite No. 2 for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio”
“Jazz Brunch”
“California Suite”
“Bolling: Sonatas for Two Pianists”
“Claude Bolling: Suite for Chamber Orchestra & Jazz Piano Trio”
“Netchaiev Est de Retour”
“Flute Suites”
“Bolling Plays Ellington, Vol. 1”
“Bolling Plays Ellington, Vol. 2”
“First Class”
“With the Help of My Friends”
“Cross Over U.S.A.”
“Concerto Pour Violon”
“Guitar Concerto”
“L’Anee Sainte”
“Le Magnifique”
“Black, Brown & Beige”
“The Victory Concert”
“Flute/Jazz Piano Suite”
“Claude Bolling”
“A Tribute to Duke Ellington”
“A Tone Parallel to Harlem”
“Paris Swing”
“Jazz in Paris: Claude Bolling Plays the Original Piano Greats”
“A Tribute to My Favourites”
“Claude Bolling: Sonae pour deux pianistes”
“Live at the Meridien Paris”
“A Tribute to the Piano Greats”
“Crooner’s Dream”
“All Time Favourites”
“A Drum is a Woman”
“Plays Brassens, Bechet, Vian, Becaud”
“Claude Bolling: American Movies”
“L’Ordinateur des Pompes Funebres” (Original Soundtrack”
“Vivre La Nuit”
“Lucky Luke” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
“Les Passagers”
“L’Homme en Colere/Un Papillon Sure l’Epaule”
“La Gitane: Le Leopard”
“Cinema Piano Solo: 21 Classiques de Claude Bolling”
“Big Band Panorama”

feature photo credit: Claue Bolling’s Music Facebook pag