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Marcello Piras

still largely awaits decipherment. Works ( * Collaborative works with Billy Strayhorn. For the nature and extent of such collaboration, see van de Leur, 2002. ) theatrical Operas Boola (Ellington, inc.), 1939 Shout up a Morning, musical drama (P. Farrow, unproduced), 1970 Queenie Pie, street opera (Ellington, inc., compl. M. Ellington, M. Peress), Philadelphia, 1986 Musical comedies Harlem is Heaven (unproduced), 1937 H.M.S. Times Square (unproduced), 1943–5


Ursel Schlicht

recorded her first work for large ensemble, A Genuine Tong Funeral (RCA). Two years later Charlie Haden commissioned her to arrange music for his album Liberation Music Orchestra ( 1969 , Imp.), and she subsequently arranged for all of the group’s future albums. The first performance of her best-known work, the genre-bending avant-garde jazz opera Escalator over the Hill ( 1971 , with lyrics by Paul Haines), featured a huge cast that included Jack Bruce, Linda Ronstadt, Don Cherry, and John McLaughlin. In 1964 Bley helped to organize the Jazz Composer’s Guild. The