Personalities | Carla Bley | Sixties | Jazz & Blues
(Piano, organ, arranger, b. 1938)
Self-taught, Carla Bley is as respected for her compositions and arrangements as for her excellent piano and organ playing. In the 1950s she was briefly married to pianist Paul Bley, who championed her works. In 1965, with her second husband, trumpeter Michael Mantler, Bley co-founded the Jazz Composers Orchestra Association to encourage the creation and distribution of new music in New York. Bley continues to lead a big band and smaller ensembles, often featuring electric bassist Steve Swallow.
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