Carla Bley Trios (USA/GB)

Women's contributions to the history of jazz are still marginalised and underestimated. Exceptions are the great vocalists Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn or Ella Fitzgerald, who are guaranteed a place in the jazz canon. Less well-known are Lovie Austin, Mary Lou Williams, Lil Hardin Armstrong or contemporary artists such as Jane Ira Bloom, Myra Melford, Marilyn Crispell and Geri Allen - anyone who wants to know more about these protagonists of jazz should read Kevin Whitehead's book Why Jazz? A Concise Guide recommended. Enough digression, because another jazz musician who has made it to greater fame is standing on Sunday with her trio on the stage of the Welser Schlachthof: Carla Bley, who celebrated her 81st birthday on the penultimate Thursday, was born in Oakland, California as the daughter of a god-fearing piano teacher and choir director. Mr. Papa led a strict regiment at home, which made Carla flee to New York at the age of 17 to sell at the legendary Birdland Tschick. In 1957 she married the pianist Paul Bley - despite her divorce after a few years, the pianist, arranger and composer is still called Carla Bley. In the 1960s she belonged to the free jazz movement, with Charlie Hadens Liberation Orchestra she articulated criticism of the Vietnam War, racism and oppression. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Bley worked on one of the best-known "modern" jazz records: Escalator Over The Hill is a monumental jazz opera with the libretto of the poet Paul Haines, musically a mixture of furious jazz rock, psychedelic improvisations, Indian percussion and parodies in the style of Kurt Weill, trained by Erik Satie. Steve Swallow has been her musical and private partner for more than two and a half decades. Swallow made history when he was one of the first jazz musicians in 1968 to trade contrabasses for electric bass. The Carla Bley Trio is completed by British saxophonist Andy Sheppard. The most recent record is called Andando el Tiempo (2016): With these five pieces, Bley's trio consistently continues the tendency towards reduction known from the older classics. (dog, 19.5.2017)


Carla Bley: piano
Steve Swallow: bass
Andy Sheppard: tenor saxophone

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May 2019

PORGY & BESS Jazzclub

Porgy & Bess (actually, Jazz and Music Club Porgy & Bess ) is a jazz club in the Riemergasse 11 in the 1st district of Vienna. The club , founded in 1993 is considered " the most important jazz organizer and trendy meeting point " of the Austrian capital .

The program of Porgy & Bess speaks to a very large audience , about 70,000 guests a year ; is accordingly Jazz " understood very pluralistic ," and the program " even in fringe areas , such as electronic music , contemporary music and world music penetrated . " Many international artists , particularly from the U.S. space , see also Austrian musician here an opportunity to perform . The club also offers the stage for events, such as the award of the Austrian World Music Award.

Musicologist Christian Scheib According to the Porgy & Bess " at the same time essential for the development of the musical ( jazz ) reality of a City" and needs and uses ' plain commonplace as urban space music. " It creates itself " through artistic preferences, acoustic quality , capacity and real capacity, the necessary exclusion of other clubs. " Here, the different areas of the jazz clubs allow - the area in front of the stage with tables, upstairs gallery , a lateral area with a bar at counter - different intense concentration on the concert scene . For Jazzthetik Porgy & Bess is even a " traditional club . "

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