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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

Women in Jazz: Pianists / Composers

Read "Women in Jazz: Pianists / Composers" reviewed by Russell Perry


Until recently, women in jazz were predominantly singers and pianists. While women have expanded their contributions, women players still excel in both roles and there are an amazing group of women pianists enriching the music today, many of whom are top-flight composers. In our final program dedicated to women in jazz, celebrating an extended Women's History ...

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Article: Album Review

Kurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra: The Unreleased WDR Jazz Recordings 1957 - 1974

Read "The Unreleased WDR Jazz Recordings 1957 - 1974" reviewed by Chris May


This 3xCD collection of recordings by Kurt Edelhagen & His Orchestra is culled from over three thousand individual tracks recorded under the auspices of Cologne, Germany radio station WDR over close on twenty years. It is, as the expression goes, a curate's egg. That is to say, parts of it are excellent and parts of it ...

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Article: Interview

Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star

Read "Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


In 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach and to work on a research project at the Kunstuniversität Graz ("University of the Arts in Graz"). I taught a first-year course in jazz theory that was really a delight. These students were already extremely accomplished performers and composers. About half of the class was comprised ...

Article: Album Review

Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Lo svizzero Sebastien Ammann, di professione pianista e compositore, guida in questo elegante, solido album un quintetto dalle geometrie ben definite e dai percorsi espressivo-espositivi conseguenti. Magari non vi si respirerà tutta l'originalità di questa terra, ma il lavoro d'insieme (soprattutto) è ottimamente congegnato e condotto, e sul piano solistico tutto procede analogamente, col trombone di ...

Article: Album Review

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: Tone Poem

Read "Tone Poem" reviewed by Vic Albani


Ecco il terzo lavoro di Charles Lloyd con i suoi Marvels, lo straordinario combo con Bill Frisell alla chitarra, Greg Leisz alla pedal steel guitar, Reuben Rogers al basso e Eric Harland alla batteria. Dopo I Long to See You del 2016 (con ospiti speciali come Norah Jones e Willie Nelson), e Vanished Gardens del 2018 ...

Article: Album Review

Wayne Horvitz: Live Forever Vol. 1: The President - New York in the '80s

Read "Live Forever Vol. 1: The President - New York in the '80s" reviewed by Vic Albani


«Numero 1 della Live Forever Series: una collezione di spettacoli dal vivo curata da Wayne Horvitz e Toby Dodds. Il volume 1 contiene un imperversante set dal vivo al CBGBs nel 1987, con un “who's who" della scena downtown NY degli anni '80. Altre tracce includono quattro demo, materiale mai pubblicato dalle sessioni al ...

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Article: In Pictures

Seeing More Jazz

Read "Seeing More Jazz" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


My interview (Seeing Jazz: The Photography of Luciano Rossetti) with Karl Ackermann was published earlier this week. Here are some additional photos of mine that I wanted to share. Over the course of my career I have had the pleasure of photographing some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world including Anthony Braxton, ...

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Article: Radio

A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020

Read "A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Happy New Year! The broadcast begins 2021 with a look back at some of the notable 2020 releases made despite the disruption of the pandemic and all of its difficulties. Thanks for listening and please continue your support of the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.Playlist Anne Sajdera ...

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Article: Profile

Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance

Read "Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...


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