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Raymond Fol

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Along with his brother Hubert, French pianist Raymond Fol made significant contribution to European jazz in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. He started playing traditional jazz in a band with his brother and Boris Vian from 1945 to 1947. The Fols also played in the Be Bop Minstrels for two years, after which Raymond Fol worked with Jean-Claude Fohrenbach and then Django Reinhardt from 1949-1951. He recorded with Reinhardt the next year. Fol also recorded and played with Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges, Dizzy Gillespie, Sidney Bechet, Guy Lafitte, and Stéphane Grappelli in the '50s and '60s. He toured Europe with Gillespie in 1952. Fol played in Rome for a year in 1958, and led a trio at the Mars Club in Paris in 1961, occasionally doubling on celesta. He was a guest soloist with the Ellington orchestra in 1969 and 1974, and worked with Ellingtonians Paul Gonsalves in 1970 and Cat Anderson in 1977.

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28 April 1928 in Paris, France

Years Active:

'50s, '60s, '70s