Should we describe Carla Borg as the “It-Girl” of modern jazz? Who left school at 15 years of age and, in 1955 at age 17, sold cigarettes at the “Birdland”, New York, where she met her husband-to-be Paul Bley. She wrote compositions for him, such as “Ida Lupino” and “Ictus” which became standards. In 1964, together with her second husband Michael Mantler she founded the Jazz Composers´ Orchestra and composed for Jimmy Giuffre and Don Ellis. In the decades to follow, Carla Bley arranged and composed for both large and small ensembles, worked with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra and released albums such as “Dinner Music” (1976), “Social Studies” (1981) and “Fleur Carnivore” (1988) which transformed the »It-Girl« into a »Grande Dame of Jazz«. Since the end of the 1980s, Bley developed a growing interest in smaller formations: she recorded a duo album with Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard became a permanent member of a trio which occasionally expandes to the quartet The Lost Chords with drummer Billy Drummond. Carla Bley has been a recurring guest of Enjoy Jazz: in 2005 with Charlie Haden, in 2013 and 2016 with her trio. This year, at 81 years of age, she will present her quartet at the Festival for the first time.
The concert is seated.