Carla Bley

Carla Bley

American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader
Genre-bending jazz pianist and composer, known for her avant-garde work, whose writing style is unique and highly regarded.
BornMay 11, 1936
HometownOakland, California, United States of America
SpouseSteve Swallow (m 1991 - present) , Michael Mantler (m 1964 - 1991) , Paul Bley (m 1957 - 1964)
ChildrenKaren Mantler
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  • Andrew Cyrille Quartet: The News review – rolling coverage from octogenarian jazz hero. (ECM)The 81-year-old drummer deploys crisp cymbals, hushed snares and even brushes on newspaper for this entrancing set alongside Bill Frisell, Ben Street and David Virelles

Albums

Songs with Legs
Songs with Legs
1995
Fleur Carnivore
Fleur Carnivore
1988
European Tour 1977
European Tour 1977
1977
Go Together
Go Together
1993
Big Band Theory
Big Band Theory
1993
Duets: Carla Bley and Steve Swallow
Duets: Carla Bley and Steve Swallow
1988
Sextet
Sextet
1987
Night-Glo
Night-Glo
1985
I Hate to Sing
I Hate to Sing
1984
Heavy Heart
Heavy Heart
1984
Carla Bley Live!
Carla Bley Live!
1982
Social Studies
Social Studies
1981
Dinner Music
Dinner Music
1977
Tropic Appetites
Tropic Appetites
1974
Escalator Over the Hill
Escalator Over the Hill
1971
Life Goes On
Life Goes On
2020
Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin TX, March 27 1978
Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin TX, March 27 1978
2018
Andando el Tiempo
Andando el Tiempo
2016
Trios
Trios
2013
Carla's Christmas Carols
Carla's Christmas Carols
2009
Appearing Nightly
Appearing Nightly
2008
Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu
Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu
2007
Lost Chords
Lost Chords
2004
Selected Recordings (Rarum XV)
Selected Recordings (Rarum XV)
2004
4X4
4X4
2000
Michael Mantler: No Answer/Silence
Michael Mantler: No Answer/Silence
2000
Are We There Yet?
Are We There Yet?
1999
Fancy Chamber Music
Fancy Chamber Music
1998
Very Big Carla Bley Band
Very Big Carla Bley Band
1991