It is with deep regret that we share the news below from the family of the great Paul Bley:
Paul Bley, renowned jazz pianist, died January 3, 2016 at home with his family. Born November 10, 1932 in Montreal
, QC, he began music studies at the age of five. At 13, he formed the “Buzzy Bley Band.” At 17, he took over for Oscar Peterson at the Alberta Lounge, invited Charlie Parker
to play at the Montreal Jazz Workshop, which he co-founded, made a film with Stan Kenton
and then headed to NYC to attend Julliard.
His international career has spanned seven decades. He's played and recorded with Lester Young
, Ben Webster
, Sonny Rollins
, Charles Mingus
, Chet Baker
, Jimmy Giuffre
, Charlie Haden
, Paul Motian
, Lee Konitz
, Pat Metheny
, Jaco Pastorious
and many others. He is considered a master of the trio, but as exemplified by his solo piano albums, Paul Bley is preeminently a pianists' pianist.
He is survived by his wife of forty three years, Carol Goss, their daughters, Vanessa Bley and Angelica Palmer, grandchildren Felix and Zoletta Palmer, as well as daughter, Solo Peacock. Private memorial services will be held in Stuart, FL, Cherry Valley, NY and wherever you play a Paul Bley record.
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