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Carla Bley

Amy C. Beal


This is the first comprehensive treatment of the remarkable music and influence of Carla Bley, a highly innovative American jazz composer, pianist, organist, band leader, and activist. Giving attention to Bley's diverse compositions over the last fifty years spanning critical moments in jazz and experimental music history, this book provides a long-overdue representation of a major figure in American music. Bley is best known for her jazz opera “Escalator over the Hill,” her role in the Free Jazz movement of the 1960s, and her collaborations with artists such as Jack Bruce, Don Cherry, Robert ... More

Keywords: Carla Bley, commercial jazz, jazz composer, pianist, band leader, experimental music, jazz opera, Free Jazz movement, WATT Records, New Music Distribution Service

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036361
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy C. Beal, author
University of California, Santa Cruz