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Carla Bley

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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 at church functions. But her musical education ended at the age of eight. Her formal education stopped entirely when she dropped out of high school after completing the tenth grade. During her adolescence Carla was drawn to jazz and moved to New York City to be closer to the musicians she admired. She resumed her musical education by working as a cigarette girl at the notorious Birdland jazz club, where she was able to hear the greatest jazz musicians of the day

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin

Read "Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A mystery project bearing the DNA of the late Hal Willner and Sun Ra, a project inspired by the poetry of that same Herman Poole Blount, tributes to Carla Bley and Lars Gullin, saxophonists on the rise, and a teenage sensation.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

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New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pannist Joy Lapps, a Carla Bley tribute by Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison & Ted Nash, the WJ3 All Stars, saxophonist Jean Fineberg, vocalist Sylvia Brooks plus a single from pianist Lauren Lee, with birthday shoutouts to Mary Osborne, lyricist Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow, Gayelynn McKinney, Akua Dixon, Lauren Sevian and ...

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Article: Album Review

Dan Schnelle: Shine Thru

Read "Shine Thru" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Dan Schnelle is a drummer on the Los Angeles music scene who has played in a lot of contexts. That is reflected in his first album which delves into different shades of jazz-rock with traces of exotica and electronic music in the margins. “Unknown Territory" and “Spaceman Spiff" are angular pieces that spotlight ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Louis Sclavis, Olga Reznichenko, Joona Toivanen, Álvaro Torres & More New Releases

Read "Louis Sclavis, Olga Reznichenko, Joona Toivanen, Álvaro Torres & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Piano trios show that, in the right hands, this formula still a lot to say; musicians that walk down the trail blazed by Carla Bley and Paul Bley; chamber jazz and much more in this set.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Olga Reznichenko Trio “Restless ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Life Goes On: And On - Celebrating the Music of Carla Bley

Read "Life Goes On: And On - Celebrating the Music of Carla Bley" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Marco Pignataro's Dream Alliance, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, vocalists Nancy Kelly and Rosemary Loar, with birthday shoutouts to Carla Bley, Betty Carter, Virginia Mayhew and Nadje Noordhuis, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic so they can ...

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Article: Album Review

John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Montreux Jazz Festival and John McLaughlin have shared a special bond since the English guitarist first performed at the internationally renowned Swiss festival in 1972, with The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Since then, the ever-searching McLaughlin has returned numerous times, with almost every formation he has ever led. This double vinyl or single-CD release is effectively a sampler, ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Carla Bley

Jazz Musician of the Day: Carla Bley

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 at church functions. But her musical education ended at the age of ...

Article: Album Review

Paul Bley: Touching & Blood Revisited

Read "Touching & Blood Revisited" reviewed by Vic Albani


Credo che la maggior parte degli appassionati e ascoltatori di musica jazz che hanno progressivamente conquistato la materia durante i primi anni di ascolto, si sia presto resa conto della immensa peculiarità che un trio-jazz porta con sé, specialmente dopo gli anni in cui un certo Bill Evans portò agli onori della cronaca le particolari geometrie ...

Article: Album Review

Michael Mantler: Coda - Orchestra Suites

Read "Coda - Orchestra Suites" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Non è mai stato semplice inquadrare l'opera del trombettista e compositore austriaco Michael Mantler. Trasferitosi negli Stati Uniti nel 1960, si è ritrovato coinvolto nel jazz d'avanguardia degli anni '60 a fianco di musicisti come Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp e Roswell Rudd nel Jazz Composers Guild di cui è cofondatore. Da allora si è sempre dedicato ...


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