Carla Bley

Carla Bley

 

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Carla Bley (née Lovella May Borg; born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over The Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, John Scofield and her ex-husband Paul Bley.

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Escalator over the Hill
 
Escalator Over the Hill (or EOTH) is mostly referred to as a jazz opera, but it was released as a "chronotransduction" with "words by Paul Haines, adaptation and music by Carla Bley, production and coordination by Michael Mantler", performed by the Jazz Composer's Orchestra.
Looking for America
 
Looking for America is an album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley recorded in 2002 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 2003.
Dinner Music
 
Dinner Music is an album by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley recorded in 1976 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 1977.
Carla's Christmas Carols
 
Carla's Christmas Carols is an album of Christmas carols arranged by American composer, bandleader and keyboardist Carla Bley with bassist Steve Swallow and the Partyka Brass Quintet recorded in France in 2008 and released on the Watt/ECM label in 2009.

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Live Album Appearances & References5

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Minor Musical Appearances & References1

Collaborators & Influencers15

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Personal & Professional Relationships2

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Awards & Nominations1

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Carla Bley
  –  May 11, 2017
All About Jazz is celebrating Carla Bley's birthday today! Carla Bley was born in Oakland, California in 1936. Her father Emil Borg, a piano teacher and church organist, began giving her music lessons when she was three years old and she was soon playing ...
Coming Up! Monterey Jazz Bash @ 60
  –  July 31, 2017
Sunset"; Carla Bley's exploratory big band; Bobby Hutcherson's last concert three years ago; Dave Brubeck's reprise of his album with Louis Armstrong, THE REAL AMBASSADORS, a triumph despite Pops' absence; Mulgrew Miller's final appearance on the Nightclub ...
Sound of Lollywood: The high notes of hippie ode ‘Make Love Not War’
  –  July 29, 2017
Carla Bley. That same hippie traffic seems to be the inspiration behind Make Love Not War. Nahid Akhtar and A Nayyar sing a stoner’s duet that opens with a man taking a long deep toke of the chillam and exclaiming, “Kash pe kash lagao/ nashemein dub ...
Kevin Tierney: Meet the Doxas clan, a Montreal family of jazz
  –  July 27, 2017
Better still, this particular vintage of the group included the sublime Carla Bley still hitting the keys at 81. What a pleasure to see the merging of these gifted millennials and seniors on stage, sharing a love and respect of jazz, a love that goes back ...
The Keys And Strings Hour Featuring Gary Peacock + New Music
  –  July 23, 2017
DeJohnette will be heard tonight with his own groups, Keith Jarrett, Betty Carter, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea, Jerry Hahn, Don Byron, Charles Lloyd, D.D. Jazz Unlimited for May 14 will be “The Compositions of Carla Bley.” Composer, arranger and ...
JAZZ APPRECIATION: PHARAOH SANDERS - “ The Creator Has a Master Plan” Mahtarr E. Njai
  –  July 21, 2017
In 1968, he joined Michael Mantler and Carla Bley to record the album “the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra” featuring Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Larry Coryell and Gato Barbieri. In 1970, he worked with the wife of John Coltrane – Alice Coltrane on her ...
At Jazzfest Wednesday, The Bad Plus to substitute for Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra
  –  June 28, 2017
“I’m very sad. I’ve waited 10 years for (the orchestra’s arranger and pianist) Carla Bley to agree to come here and now she’s not coming. Breaks my heart. There are so few moments (after 21 years of producing the festival) that I genuinely look ...
Melbourne International Jazz Festival review: Carla Bley and Dianne Reeves deliver an uplifting finale
  –  June 12, 2017
In 2009, bassist Charlie Haden – artist-in-residence for that year's Melbourne International Jazz Festival – led an antipodean version of his Liberation Music Orchestra in one of the most memorable concerts in the festival's history. This year's ...
Carla Bley: 'I am trying to imitate the people I love, and failing'
  –  May 24, 2017
When word comes through about an interview with Carla Bley, ahead of her appearance in the Perspectives series at the National Concert Hall, it comes via an email from her “agent”, a certain Stephen W Swallow. Is that Steve Swallow, pioneer of the ...
Carla Bley is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader.
  –  May 15, 2017
Carla Bley (née Lovella May Borg; born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over The Hill (released ...
Jazz Musician of the Day: Carla Bley
  –  May 11, 2017
All About Jazz is celebrating Carla Bley's birthday today! Carla Bley was born in Oakland, California in 1936. Her father Emil Borg, a piano teacher and church organist, began giving her music lessons when she was three years old and she was soon playing ...

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