Paul Bley

Paul Bley

Original Name Hyman
Birth
Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada
Death 3 Jan 2016 (aged 83)
Stuart, Martin County, Florida, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 156784386 · View Source
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Jazz Musician. He was an innovating pianist noted for his influence on the concept of jazz trios. He began his career playing bebop and eventually became a major force in experimental jazz. During his early years, he attended the Juilliard School New York, where he played with saxophonists Lester Young and Ben Webster, among others. In 1953, he helped organize the Jazz Workshop Montreal, which featured him and Charlie Parker performing in concert. Soon after his first album as a band leader, featured himself on patio, with Charles Mingus on bass and Art Blakey on drums. Relocating to Los Angeles, in the late 1950s, he with his wife Carla Bley, organized weekly jazz concerts and co-founded the Jazz Composers Guild in 1964. He also recorded compositions with his wife featuring himself with musicians such as Charlie Haden, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Albert Ayler and Sonny Rollins. For various labels they recorded “Live at the Hillcrest Club” (1958), “Footloose!” (1963), “Barrage” (1964), “Closer” (1965) and “Touching” (1965). With an interest in new electronic possibilities, he pioneered the use of Moog synthesizers, performing with them for the first time at the Philharmonic Hall New York City, in 1969. During the 1970s to 1990s, he founded the production company Improvising Artists which made records, documentary films and made the first commercial music video. He also released on his ECM label solo and trio records to include “Ballads” (1971), Open, to Love” (1972), “Fragments” (1986), “The Life of the Paul Bley Trio” (1989), “Time Will Tell” (1994) and many more. For the rest of his career, Bley continued to record, tour internationally plus published several books, such as two autobiographies “Stopping Time” (1999) and “Time Will Tel” (2003). In 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 6 Jan 2016
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