Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.
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March 29, 2013 Musicians like Lil Hardin Armstrong, Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams didn't just make it in the historically male-dominated field of jazz: They were the driving forces behind their own bands. Hear five pioneering examples of women who composed for and directed their own groups.
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August 12, 2011 Bley and Swallow join host Marian McPartland for two trio renditions of Carla Bley originals.
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The only known photo of Buckshot La Funke.
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January 11, 2010 When "Buckshot La Funke" appeared on a Louis Smith record, you may not have known it was actually Cannonball Adderley. Record contracts of yesteryear (and some today) buried exclusivity clauses in the fine print. But musicians have to eat, so they would record under other names, like the five included here.
June 24, 2003 The music of bandleader and composer Carla Bley is sure to catch your ear. She's famous for crafty arrangements of familiar tunes. Music critic David Greenberger has a review of her latest album, Looking for America.
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January 28, 2001 Liane Hansen speaks with jazz composer and bandleader Carla Bley. Perhaps best know for her big- and VERY big-bands, she's pared down to a mid-sized group of eight top-notch players for her new cd, 4X4. (WATT records 012 159 547-2).
November 2, 2000 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 4x4 (WATT/ECM) the latest CD by pianist and composer Carla Bley.
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