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A Tribute To The Clarke-Boland

A Tribute To The Clarke-Boland

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The legendary Clarke-Boland Big Band, based on the American drummer Kenny Clarke and the Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland, was created in 1961 on the initiative of Pierluigi “Gigi” Campi, born in Italy but living in Cologne. He promoted and produced the Clarke-Boland Big Band who, as an independent and unmistakable voice of jazz, set standards in Europe and beyond. In 2018, the Campi family bequeathed the important legacy of Gigi Campi - consisting of several boxes of handwritten original sheet music from the Clarke-Boland Big Band - to the Bundesjazzorchester. This great honor allows the BuJazzO to preserve the legacy of the Clarke-Boland Big Band. In 2019, a first focus was dedicated to this treasure: Jiggs Whigham personally selected the titles for the program from the archive. Contemporary witnesses Manfred Schoof and Erik van Lier, former members of the Clarke-Boland Big Band, were invited to the rehearsal phase in March. Afterwards the BuJazzO 2019 played twelve concerts whose extraordinary moments, energy and passion are documented live on this album.


The youthful musicians - all aged between 17 and 27 - swing as if they grew up with these sounds. Their impetuous enthusiasm for playing is infectious and makes the disc more than just a nostalgic project.

-- Rondo

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  • Release Specifications

    • Number of Discs: 1
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    • Label: Double Moon Records
    • UPC/Barcode: 608917137927
    • Item Number: DMCHR71379