March 22, 2019

In partnership with the Washington Women in Jazz Festival
Truly one of the master innovators, and a progenitor of radical new approaches to jazz in the 1960s, NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley, 82, will make her first D.C. appearance with her trio in recent memory. As a pianist, she was involved in both performing and organizing alongside many other historic names in that period of New York City’s musical history. She helped establish the Jazz Composers’ Guild, which promoted lasting camaraderie and collaboration among the city’s innovative musicians, especially those associated with the burgeoning avant-garde movement. However, it is perhaps as a composer that Bley has received the most recognition and made the greatest impact. She has amassed dozens of recordings under her name, mostly dedicated to her own compositions, and her pen has helped define the sound of ECM Records, which turns 50 this year. Quite simply, Ms. Bley is at the top of the pantheon of jazz composition. CapitalBop is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Washington Women in Jazz Festival to present Bley here with her long-standing trio, featuring bassist Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard.