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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

Pushing the 'Jazz Envelope' a little further

Read "Pushing the 'Jazz Envelope' a little further" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This show includes a selection of new releases which, whilst being part of the jazz family, bring in other musical elements. Ayumi Ishito brings distortion, unexpected percussive rhythms, and competing melodies into play for her debut album. Daniel Herskedal offers ambient reflections in a Scandanavian context. Andrew Van Tassel draws inspiration from a broad palette of ...

Article: Interview

Dino Piana: un altro giro di Blues

Read "Dino Piana: un altro giro di Blues" reviewed by Paolo Marra


A 91 anni Dino Piana ha ancora voglia di suonare come quando da bambino lo faceva con un pezzo di legno sullo scalino di casa--"non potrei stare un giorno senza suonare, starei male perché ho bisogno di esprimermi" così ci dice il trombonista piemontese nell'intervista che abbiamo realizzato in occasione dell'uscita del suo nuovo disco Al ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Albert Ayler & New York Contemporary Five: Revisited, Remastered, Resplendent

Read "Albert Ayler & New York Contemporary Five: Revisited, Remastered, Resplendent" reviewed by Chris May


The Swiss-based ezz-thetics label was launched in 2019 by Hat Hut Records' founder, Werner X. Uehlinger, and its Revisited strand is a jazz aficionado's dream. The series is devoted to landmark avant-garde recordings from the 1960s, and ezz-thetics does more than simply reissue them. Peter Pfister, Uehlinger's longtime mastering Jedi, improves the audio quality of the ...

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Article: Album Review

Mario Pavone / Dialect Trio +1: Blue Vertical

Read "Blue Vertical" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bassist and composer Mario Pavone died on May 15, 2021, after a seventeen-year battle with cancer. The Connecticut native had many interests and earned a degree in engineering, a Doris Duke Foundation grant and, for a quarter-century, shared his wisdom and talent with kids at the Litchfield Performing Arts Jazz Camp, where he also served as ...

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Article: Radio

Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday

Read "Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthdays of Jazz Masters Carla Bley in the first hour and Betty Carter in the second, plus new releases from Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, Rebecca Kilgore and the Keith Brown Trio. Other birthday shoutouts include Virginia Mayhew, Karin Krog, Nadje Noordhuis, Kate Reid and Grace Kelly, among others. Thanks ...

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Article: Interview

Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived

Read "Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


By February of 2019, Dan McCarthy had reached the end of his time in New York. “The movers had come and packed everything up, and my wife and son were already in Toronto at my parents' house. I was at our apartment in Crown Heights and I only had a few things, including my vibes," he ...

Article: Album Review

John Wolf Brennan: Nitty Gritty Ditties

Read "Nitty Gritty Ditties" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Sotto l'insegna Nonsolopiano (sottotitolo del CD), John Wolf Brennan ci offre una nuova prova del suo enciclopedismo musicale, fatto di un polistrumentismo tastieristico in cui il piano rimane pur sempre il faro e di input stilistici (meglio ancora linguistici) decisamente variegati. In questi fittissimi trentatré brani (svarianti da meno di un minuto a quasi quattro, per ...

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 ...

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Sade Mangiaracina e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Sade Mangiaracina e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Cerco di trasferire la mia idea di musica alle persone che la ascoltano, facendole entrare nel mio mondo fatto di storie, luoghi, persone e speranze. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me Nei miei progetti mi piace suonare con persone con cui condivido ...


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