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Pianist, Arranger Francy Boland Dies

Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland died Aug. 12 in Geneva of cancer at age 75. He is best remembered for his role with drummer Kenny Clarke in one of Europe’s all-star swing bands in the 1960s and early ’70s, and his work with Chet Baker in the 1950s.

Boland was born in Namur, Belgium on Nov. 6, 1929. He began playing the piano at age eight and later studied at the conservatory in Liege, Belgium. He developed an interest in jazz through the radio broadcasts during World War II and decided to settle in Paris in the late 1940s. While there, he became friends with and joined a group of notable European jazz musicians, including saxophonist Bobby Jaspar. During that time, he was also arranging for the bands of Henri Renaud and Aime Barelli.

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