Jane Ira Bloom

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Jane Ira Bloom
Born (1955-01-12) January 12, 1955 (age 62)
Boston, Massachusetts
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments soprano saxophone
Website www.janeirabloom.com

Jane Ira Bloom (born January 12, 1955) is an American jazz soprano saxophonist and composer.


Bloom was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 12 to Joel and Evelyn Bloom. She began as a pianist and drummer, later switching to the alto saxophone, and eventually settling on the soprano saxophone as her primary instrument.[1] She first began playing the saxophone at age 9, studying with woodwind virtuosi Joseph Viola from 1968-1979, and studying music at Yale University from which she received a liberal arts degree and a master's degree in music (1977).

Following Yale, Bloom relocated to New York City. She founded Outline Records while in New Haven and released several recordings under that label.[2] She has worked with Mark Dresser, Bobby Previte, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Haden, Bob Brookmeyer, Julian Priester, Jay Clayton, Fred Hersch, Jin Hi Kim, and Min Xiao-Fen.

She is noted for her use of live electronics, using a foot pedal to trigger various electronic effects that alter the sound of her saxophone, at times creating the illusion of an orchestra of soprano saxophones.

She was the first musician to be commissioned by the NASA Art Program;[3] in 1989 she created three original musical compositions: Most Distant Galaxy, for soprano saxophone and live electronics, prepared tape, bass, drums, and electroacoustic percussion; Fire & Imagination, for soprano saxophone, improvisors, and chamber orchestra; and Beyond the Sky, for wind ensemble.[4][5][6]

The asteroid 6083 Janeirabloom was named after her.[4]

In 2007, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition.[7]

Recent collaborations include live performances and recordings with the underground New York orchestra M'Lumbo.

Bloom is a tenured professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City's Greenwich Village.[8]

She is married to the actor and director Joe Grifasi (m 1984).

Her 2013 release, Sixteen Sunsets, received a Grammy nomination for the 56th Grammy Awards in the Best Surround Sound category, with sound engineer Jim Anderson.[9]

Bloom won the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works award in 2015 for a new composition inspired by the 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson.[10] The resulting work, entitled "Wild Lines" premiered in 2016 to positive reviews.[11]


As leader[edit]

As guest[edit]

  • Jazzantiqua, 1983 (by Fredrick Hand with Jane Ira Bloom, Keith Underwood & Joe Passaro)
  • Popular Science, 2013 (by M'Lumbo - Guests: Page Hamilton[Helmet], Jane Ira Bloom and Gary Lucas)


  1. ^ Jeffrey Holmes. "Bloom, Jane Ira". In L. Root, Deane. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Gary W. Kennedy. "Bloom, Jane Ira". In L. Root, Deane. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Kernfeld, Barry, ed. (2002). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2 ed.). London, England: Grove's Dictionaries, Inc. p. 243. ISBN 033369189X. 
  4. ^ a b (6083) Janeirabloom
  5. ^ Jane Ira Bloom: Space
  6. ^ Jane Ira Bloom: Compositions
  7. ^ "JANE IRA BLOOM". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  8. ^ The New School
  9. ^ "Grammys 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  10. ^ McNally, Owen. "Saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom Presents Work Inspired by Emily Dickinson at UMass Concert". WNPR Connecticut. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  11. ^ West, Michael. "Saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom adds the right notes to Emily Dickinson". The Washington Post. 
  12. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/386460-Jane-Ira-Bloom

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