Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

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

It was created in 1961, when, helped by producer Gigi Campi, the US drummer Kenny Clarke, the Belgian pianist and composer Francy Boland and the ex-Ellington bassist Jimmy Woode brought together several jazz musicians of note. Although based in Europe, the band was truly multinational, with several US musicians in the line-up.

It was disbanded in 1972, having recorded more than 15 albums. Many of them were released on the German jazz record label MPS Records.


In the course of its existence, band members included Johnny Griffin, Muvaffak "Maffy" Falay, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Ronnie Scott, Carl Drewo, Tony Coe, Derek Humble, Nat Peck, Ake Persson, Dusko Goykovich, Stan Sulzmann, Ack van Rooyen, John Surman, Jimmy Deuchar, Manfred Schoof, Albert Mangelsdorff, Erik van Lier, Ron Mathewson, Fats Sadi, Kenny Clare, Benny Bailey, Jimmy Woode, Art Farmer, Sahib Shihab, Shake Keane, Idrees Sulieman and Herb Geller, and it collaborated on occasions with Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz, John Bodwin Derek Watkins (trumpeter) and many others.



Video performances

Compilations and combination re-issues


  1. Berendt, Joachim (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. pp. 366–367.
  2. Encyclopedia del Jazz: Kenny Clarke accessed September 20, 2016
  3. Although Open Door contains one track less than Jazz Convention Vol. I
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