Carla Bley, imaginative jazz pianist and composer, dies aged 87

Musician’s work spanned the mainstream and avant-garde, including in fusions with the world of rock

Carla Bley, the American jazz composer-pianist celebrated for boldly avant-garde work as well as her uplifting and beautiful takes on the genre’s mainstream, has died aged 87.

Her death was announced by longtime partner and musical collaborator Steve Swallow, who said the cause was complications from brain cancer.

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