World of Jazz 587

On this show a focus on the music of  Jane Ira Bloom with in between tracks from Per Henrik Wallin Mats Gustafsson & Kjell Nordeson, Marc Ducret, Barre Phillips Joëlle Léandre  William Parker & Tetsu Saitoh, and Dominic Duval String & Brass Ensemble.

Jane Ira Bloom’s primary instrument is the soprano saxophone. I have collated some of the highlights of her career to date. 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. In 2007, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition. She is a tenured professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City’s Greenwich Village. 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.bThe 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. Also notable is her partnership with bassist Mark Helias which has resulted in several great releases.

Jane Ira Bloom – Freuds Convertible – Wingwalker

Per Henrik Wallin, Mats Gustafsson, Kjell Nordeson – Nu Nu Och Då Nu Går Då Och Nu –  from Dolphins, Dolphins, Dolphins

Swedish for Now Now And Then Now Goes Then And Now

Recorded 1991, Fylkingen Studio, Stockholm, Sweden

Released 1992 Dragon Records

Jane Ira Bloom – Most Distant Galaxy (’89-Commissioned By Nasa) – Art And Aviation

Marc Ducret – Le Printemps, Ici – ICI

Jane Ira Bloom, Mark Helias, Bobby Previte – Akimbo – 2.3.23

Barre Phillips,Joëlle Léandre, William Parker, Tetsu Saitoh – Passing Threw –  After You Gone 

Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, William Parker, and Barry Guy were approached to perform a quartet concert at the Victoriaville FIMAV 2003 festival as a tribute to the late Peter Kowald. Guy cancelled his trip for personal reasons and Tetsu Saitoh, already scheduled to appear in Victo as part of Michel Doneda’s French-Japanese quintet, agreed to take his place. After You’ve Gone documents this concert, a double bass summit. Released on Victo in 2004.

Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias – Roughing It – Some Kind Of Tomorrow

Dominic Duval String & Brass Ensemble – A Little Fun Thing – American Scrapbook



JOE McPHEE  cornet  

TOM VARNER  french horn 

STEVE SEWELL  trombone 

JASON HWANG  violin 

Recorded at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY, January 8-19, 2002. Released by CIMP in 2002

Jane Ira Bloom – Varo – Sometimes The Magic

Jane Ira Bloom – Left Alone – Sixteen Summers

Jane Ira Bloom – Gateway To Progress – Early Americans

Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias – Second Hand Lonely – See Our Way

Jane Ira Bloom – Wing Dining – The Nearness

Jane Ira Bloom & Alison Miller – The Wild Frontier – Tues Days

Jane Ira Bloom – Emily & Her Atoms – Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson

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