The Voice And Music Of Carla Bley

In our recent article on Carla Bley, The Musical Journey Of Carla Bley, we looked at Bley’s lifelong endeavors in music. In this article, we present a collection of interviews and podcasts for further in-depth retrospectives on a living legend in jazz history.

Carla Bley “Trios” with bassist Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard appear at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Art of Jazz Series on Sunday, March 17th.

We begin with this tribute video produced for Bley’s recognition as a NEA Jazz Master awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Bley received the award in 2015.

In 2016, Joel Rose of NPR radio produced this story for “All Things Considered.” Providing further perspectives on Bley’s musical journey.

In 1996, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow talk with host¬†Marian McPartland¬†about their combined repertoire of innovative music. Bley and Swallow kick off the program with a duet version of Bley’s composition “Major.” Then, McPartland joins Bley for a unique duet on “Chopsticks,” and they close the show as a trio with Bley’s “Ad Infinitum.”

Jeffrey Siegel, the producer of the award-winning podcast, Straight No Chaser, celebrated the 80th Birthday of Carla Bley in 2016. In this episode, Siegel selects 9 music selections that highlight Bley’s contributions as a bandleader.

The tunes Siegel selected are:

Carla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band – “Greasy Gravy”

Carla Bley Trio – “Andando el tiempo: Camino al Volv”

Carla Bley – “Sing Me Softly of the Blues”

Carla Bley and Steve Swallow – “Walking Batteriewoman”

Carla Bley and the Lost Chords Quartet – “Three Banana”

Carla Bley – “The Girl Who Cried Champagne Parts 1-3”

Carla Bley Big Band – “Who Will Rescue You?”

Carla Bley Sextet – “Healing Power”

Carla Bley – “Nothing”

From 2016, BIMHUIS Radio conducts a live concert recording from the famous venue in Amsterdam with pre-concert and intermission interviews.

(For more information and tickets to the Carla Bley Trio performances at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, visit the AKG Art of Jazz site here: Carla Bley Trios. Do so soon for only a handful of tickets remain.)

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