Claude Bolling, popular jazz-classical musician, dies aged 90

The French composer wrote soundtracks for hundreds of film and television productions, including 'The Holiday' and 'Joker'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 31, 2011, French jazz pianist and compsoer Claude Bolling arrives for the Henri-Langlois film awards ceremony  in Vincennes, east of Paris.  French jazz pianist, conductor and composer Claude Bolling, who wrote many film scores, has died at the age of 90, his entourage told AFP on December 30, 2020. / AFP / ETIENNE LAURENT

Claude Bolling, the French pianist, composer and arranger has died aged 90. Bolling attained a worldwide following through his melodic blend of jazz and classical influences and stayed on the Billboard classical charts for more than a decade with his 1975 album Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano.

Bolling's representatives announced on his website that he died Tuesday, December 29 in Garches, France, at age 90. A cause of death was not provided.

A lifelong admirer of Duke Ellington, the Cannes native was a professional musician by his teens and over the following decades would perform with everyone from Lionel Hampton to Yo-Yo Ma.

He arranged music for Brigitte Bardot and Juliette Greco among others, wrote soundtracks for hundreds of French film and television productions and his compositions could be heard on such American releases as The Holiday and Joker.

Bolling's three Grammy nominations included one for best chamber music for Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano, a collaboration with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal which featured the playful Baroque and Blue and the more reflective Irlandaise and sold more than 1 million copies. He would later collaborate with Angel Romero on Concerto for Classic Guitar and Jazz Piano and with Yo-Yo Ma on Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio. In 1984, Bolling was joined by American flutist Hubert Laws for a performance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Bolling's wife of 48 years, journalist Irene Dervize-Sadyker, died in 2017. They had two sons, David and Alexandre.