Jane Ira Bloom
Jane Ira Bloom
|Born||January 12, 1955|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, avant-garde jazz|
Jane Ira Bloom (born January 12, 1955) is an American jazz soprano saxophonist and composer.
Bloom was born in Boston, Massachusetts 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. She first began playing the saxophone at age 9, studying with woodwind virtuoso 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.
She was the first musician to be commissioned by the NASA Art Program; 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.
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.
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.
The resulting work, entitled "Wild Lines" premiered in 2016 to positive reviews.
Bloom won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound category at the 60TH Annual Grammy Awards for her album “Early Americans.”
- We Are (Outline, 1978) with Kent McLagan
- Second Wind (Outline, 1980)
- Mighty Lights (Enja, 1982)
- As One (JMT, 1984) with Fred Hersch
- Modern Drama (Columbia, 1987)
- Slalom (Columbia, 1988)
- Art and Aviation (Arabesque, 1992)
- The Nearness (Arabesque, 1995)
- The Red Quartets (Arabesque, 1999)
- Sometimes the Magic (Arabesque, 2001)
- Chasing Paint (Arabesque, 2003)
- Like Silver, Like Song (ArtistShare, 2004)
- Mental Weather (Outline, 2008)
- Wingwalker (Outline, 2011)
- Sixteen Sunsets (Outline, 2013)
- Early Americans (Outline, 2016)
- Wild Lines - Improvising Emily Dickenson (Outline, 2017)
- Jazzantiqua, 1983 (by Fredrick Hand with Jane Ira Bloom, Keith Underwood & Joe Passaro)
- Genius Envy, 1999 (by Ron Horton with Ben Allison, Frank Kimbrough, and John McKenna)
- Popular Science, 2013 (by M'Lumbo - Guests: Page Hamilton[Helmet], Jane Ira Bloom and Gary Lucas)
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- The New School
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