Paul Bley, Jazz Pianist and Innovator

“Alrec” Live on French TV, 1973

Thom Jurek, writing in The All Music Guide to Jazz says it all: “Paul Bley is among the most influential jazz pianists and composers of the 20th century and a founding father of avant-garde jazz.”

Live in Oslo

In the course of his long career, he organized concerts or recorded with such 20th century jazz legends as Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ornette Coleman.


Bley (November 10, 1932-January 3, 2016) released nearly 100 recordings and two autobiographies. He taught at the New England Music Conservatory.