Amy C. Beal’s Carla Bley is an in-depth look at a the innovative jazz icon know for, among other things, her involvement in the Free Jazz movement.
As Amy Beal writes in her American Composers series profile of the composer, pianist, and band leader, Bley has exhibited an staggering variety in her work. Over her career, which began at age 17, Carla Bley has been a boundary pusher when it comes to jazz. She has collaborated with be bop masters and rock musicians.
The National Endowment of the Arts has honored Bley by naming her a 2015 Jazz Master.
The NEA will recognize Bley and the other 2015 Jazz Masters at an awards ceremony and concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Monday.