Carla Bley 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, 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.
|Birth name||Lovella May Borg|
|Born||May 11, 1936, Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Post bop, jazz fusion, free jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, bandleader, composer|
|Labels||WATT, ECM, Universal|
|Associated acts||Michael Mantler, Steve Swallow, Paul Bley, Nick Mason, Johnny Griffin, Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, Liberation Music Orchestra, Jack Bruce, Charlie Haden, Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Paul Haines|
|Website||Carla Bley's Official site|
|IMDb||Carla Bley's IMDb|
A pivotal figure in the 1960s free jazz movement. She became known for "Escalator Over The Hill," a jazz opera. Her oeuvre was covered by several other influential artists, including her ex-husband Paul Bley.
She relocated to New York when she was 17 and worked as a cigarette girl at Birdland.
She was honored in 2009 with A Life for Jazz, the German Jazz Trophy.
Her father was a church choirmaster and piano teacher, who encouraged her pursuit of voice and piano when she was young.
She collaborated with many of the major artists of her time, including Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
- The Golden Palominos members
- Post-bop composers
- Progressive big band musicians
- 21st-century jazz composers
- Women jazz pianists
- American female jazz musicians
- Post-bop pianists
- American jazz organists
- Musicians from Oakland, California
- Female opera composers
- 20th-century jazz composers
- ECM Records artists
- Big band bandleaders
- Jazz musicians from California
- American opera composers
- 20th-century organists
- American jazz bandleaders
- American female composers
- 21st-century organists
- American jazz composers
Latest information about Carla Bley updated on June 14 2021.