MIJF 2017 – Carla Bley trio (USA/UK)


Thursday 8th June 2107 – Carla Bley trio (USA/UK) at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Carla Bley  piano, Andy Sheppard saxophone, Steve Swallow  electric bass

Excerpts from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival Programme:  …Jazz  luminary Carla Bley and her long-standing trio make their Australian debut in a performance that is destined to be a Festival highlight…

After years of composing for other artists, Bley’s recording of her 1971 jazz-rock opera Escalator Over the Hill announced a unique and powerful voice. Since then, she has produced a remarkable body of work across almost 30 albums, in small groups and big bands, most notably with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. In 2015 she was recognised with the NEA Jazz Master award – the highest honour an American jazz artist can receive.

Her chamber trio with Steve Swallow (Gary Burton, John Scofield) and Andy Sheppard (Gil Evans, Randy Brecker) displays the sophisticated interaction and inspiring intimacy that comes from 20 years of collaboration. Don’t miss their compelling mix of bright melodic lines, delicate nuance and boundless artistry

From Wikipedia: Carla Bley (née Lovella May Borg; born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader. An important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over The Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, John Scofield and her ex-husband Paul Bley.

From the guardian : https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jul/19/carla-bley-trio-review-ronnie-scotts-steve-swallow-andy-sheppard#img-1

Pics of her trio’s performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Steve Swallow

Andy Sheppard

Carla Bley