Karen Mantler

Karen Mantler (born 1966 in New York City, New York) is an American jazz musician.

The daughter of Carla Bley and Michael Mantler accompanied her parents since she was born at their concert tours. Four year old, she participated in the recording of the album Escalator over the Hill with her mother. She learned the carillon and was from 1977 to 1980 a member of Carla Bley band. While studying at Berklee College of Music, she moved to the organ and the piano.

In 1987 she returned to New York, where she formed a band with Eric Mingus, Jonathan Sanborn, Steve Weisberg, Ethan Winogrand, Marc Muller, Steven Bernstein and Pablo Calogero. With this she recorded her first album My Cat Arnold on his own compositions, which was dedicated as the two following her cat Arnold.

She made two European tours with the band and performed with her ​​at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. She then worked with Steve Swallow, Motohiko Hino and Jack Bruce and undertook from 1992 as organist with the Carla Bley Big Band several European tours. Multiple they took part in live performances from Escalator Over the Hill. In 1996, she appeared as a singer on the opera The School Of Understanding her father in Copenhagen.

In 2000, she hired Joe Gallant for the recording of his CD Shadow Head. In 2001, she appeared as a singer with Annie Whitehead's band when organized by Robert Wyatt Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall.


  • Karen Mantler and Her Cat Arnold Get the Flu with Steven Bernstein, Carla Bley, Pablo Calogero, Michael Mantler, Eric Mingus, Marc Muller, Jonathan Sanborn, Steve Swallow, Steve Weisberg, Ethan Winogrand, 1990
  • Farewell, 1996
  • Karen Mantler 's Pet Project with Steven Bernstein, Carla Bley, Hiram Bullock, Pablo Calogero, Michael Evans, Kato Hideki, Eric Mingus, Chico O'Farrill, Gary Valente, 1999