Jane Ira Bloom

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Jane Ira Bloom
Born (1955-01-12) January 12, 1955 (age 64)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresJazz, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrumentssoprano saxophone

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

Early years[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]


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]

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

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

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]

Bloom won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound category at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for her album “Early Americans.”[12]


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

Personal life[edit]

She is married to actor and director Joe Grifasi (m. 1984).[citation needed]


As leader[13][edit]

As guest[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ Jeffrey Holmes. "Bloom, Jane Ira". In Deane L. Root (ed.). Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Gary W. Kennedy. "Bloom, Jane Ira". In Deane L. Root (ed.). 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 Profile, harvard.edu; accessed February 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Jane Ira Bloom: Space, janeirabloom.com; accessed February 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Jane Ira Bloom: Compositions, janeirabloom.com; accessed February 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "JANE IRA BLOOM". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved May 30, 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 January 6, 2017.
  11. ^ West, Michael. "Saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom adds the right notes to Emily Dickinson". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Bloom, Jane_Ira. "Jane Ira Bloom". Recording Academy. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  13. ^ Jazzdisco: Jane Ira Bloom catalog: album index accessed May 18, 2018

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