WKCR will preempt regular programming for the next twenty-seven hours, from 5:00AM Tuesday at the start of Daybreak Express, to 8:20AM Wednesday, at the conclusion of the next Daybreak Express, in order to celebrate the life and work of renowned pianist and free jazz pioneer Paul Bley, who passed away at the age of 83 on January 3rd. Bley's skill and often unconventional methods made him a giant of the 60's free jazz revolution and led him to collaborate with such artists as Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, and Cecil Taylor. Originally from Montreal, Bley forged a career of international influence and has served on the New England Music Conservatory faculty, been inducted into the Order of Canada, and performed an essential role in the founding of the Jazz Composers Guild, which led to the creation of the New Music Distribution Service. Join us in honoring Paul Bley's life-long dedication to creating, liberating, and sharing jazz music with over twenty-seven continuous hours of only his work at WKCR 89.9FM.
Monday, January 5, 2015 - 5:00am to Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 8:20am