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Bloom, Jane Ira

Bloom, Jane Ira, soprano saxophonist, composer; b. Boston, MA, 12 January 1955. Her parents, Joel Warren Bloom (b. 1916) and Evelyn Kerner Bloom (b. 1921), were both from New York City. Along with Jane's siblings Mark William Bloom (b. 1949) and Charles Peter Bloom (b. 1952), the family was living in Waban, MA at the time of Jane's birth.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in music theory, history and composition from Yale University in 1976 and a Masters of Music in saxophone performance and composition from the Yale School of Music in 1976. At Yale, she studied composition with David Mott and Martin Bresnick from 1973-1977. She has instrumental study with Joseph Viola (1968-1980) and Donald Sinta (1973-1975) and ensemble study with Frank Battisti and Herb Pomeory (1970-1972). He studied electronic music with Ralph Moore at Yale (1976-1977) and jazz with George Coleman (1977-1979).

Bloom was cited for her work by Time magazine in its special "Women: The  Road Ahead" issue and included in Life Magazine's famous Second Great Day group photo of jazz musicians. She is the first musician ever commissioned by the NASA Art Program, and continues to explore her interest in music and motion, creating works in collaboration with outstanding improvisers in new environments. She has performed with such jazz artists as Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, George Coleman, Kenny Wheeler, Rufus Reid, Billy Taylor, Jerry Granelli, Julian Priester, Jay Clayton, and Cleo Laine.  Her active performance schedule has included appearances at The Montreal, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, and JVC Jazz Festivals, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, New Music America, and the Smithsonian Institute's Einstein Planetarium.

Her composition, "Einstein's Red/Blue Universe" for soprano saxophone, improvisers, & orchestra was commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra through the Meet The Composer/Rockefeller/AT&T Jazz Program and received its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in '94. She has composed and performed scores for the Pilobolus Dance Company.

A series of engagements in 2002 included NYC's famous Sweet Basil jazz club, tours in Germany and Portugal, and performances at the Montreux/ Detroit Jazz Festival, the Earshot Jazz Festival, the Texeco New York Jazz Festival, and London's Wigmore Hall. She is currently on the faculty at the jazz education program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and looks forward to touring Australia and Brazil with her trio later in 2002.

A strong visual thinker and a cinematic stylist, Bloom's affinity for other art forms such as painting, film, theatre and dance has both enriched her music and brought her into contact with other innovative artists such as actors Venessa Redgrave, Joanne Woodward, Meryl Streep, and Brian Dennehy, painter Dan Namingha, and legendary dancer/ choreographer Carmen DeLavellade. Her composition "The Doubling Cube" continues to be performed worldwide by the Pilobolus Dance Company. Bloom was recently awarded an artists fellowship for jazz composition by the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project 2001 for work on a series of compositions for her quartet inspired by painter Jackson Pollock. The piece, entitled "Chasing Paint" premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas in March 2002.

She is married to actor/director Joseph Grifasi.

We Are (1978); Second Wind (1980); Mighty Lights (1982); As One (1984); Modern Drama (1987); Slalom (1988); Art and Aviation (1992); The Nearness (1995); The Red Quartets (1997 and 1999); Sometimes the Magic (2000); Chasing Paint (2002)

As sideperson:
Jay Clayton: All Out (1980); David Friedman: Of The Wind's Eye (1981); Daniel Humair: Surrounded (1981);Frederic Hand: JazzAntiqua (1985);David Lahm: Be Somebody (1985); Annabelle Wilson: On Music (1990); Klaus Konig: At the End of the Universe (1991); Cleo Laine: Jazz (1991); Jerry Granelli: Another Place (1992); Fred Hersch: Last Night When We Were Young (1994);Giora Feidman: Klezmer Celebration  (1997); Ethel Ennis: If Women Ruled the World (1998); Ron Horton: Genius Envy (1999); Bobby Previte: The 23 Constellations of Joan Miro (2001); Ivo Perlman: Soprano Duets (2001)

Unissued recordings:
Ppersonal Uher reel -to-reel, cassette, & DAT  recordings of many
concerts & club appearances 1973-present.

Radio, television, films:
Women in Jazz, Bravo (1982-1985); CBS Sunday Morning profile (1985); NASA musician profile, USA (1988); New Visions, VH1 (1989); Behind the Scenes, PBS (1993); Reed Royalty, Bravo (1993); Inside Space, USA/Sci-Fi Network (1993); Shadow of a Doubt, NBC-TV movie (1995); America After Hours, CNBC-TV (1996); Channel 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11 News TV broadcasts in NYC (1997); Talkin' Jazz, NBC-TV Europe and Asia (1998); Right To Asylum Hearing, United Nations (1999); Beyond the Moon, Discovery Channel (2001); Along for the Ride, NPR (2000); New Jersey's Talking (2001); Women In Jazz, French TV (2001); Jazz Profiles, NPR (2002):
Broadcasts & interviews WBGO (Newark), WGBH (Boston), KCRW (LA), WHYY (Phil), WJZZ (Detroit), WNYC (NYC), Voice of America (1986-); National Public Radio: US EAR, Jazz Alive, Future Forward Radio, Morning Edition; Radio Smithsonian, American Women in Jazz, Jazz at the Kennedy Center, Piano Jazz, JazzSet, Along for the Ride (1982-2001)

2001 Jazz Journalists Association soprano sax of the year
2001 IWJ Jazz Masters Award
2000 NYSCA - film composition grant
1999 International Astronomical Union - asteroid named in her honor
1998 New York Foundation for the Arts - artists fellowship
1997 Charlie Parker Fellowship Award, IAJE
1994 Harvestworks Artist-In-Residence Studio PASS, NYC
1993-95 Ford Foundation, Pew Trust Composer/ Choreographer project, Pilobolus Dance Company
1992 Rockefeller/AT&T/Meet the Composer jazz commission, American Composers Orchestra
1983-01 Downbeat International Critics Poll for soprano saxophone
1990 Jazz Times Critics' Poll for soprano sax & electronic winds
1989 Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Commission for chamber ensemble composition/jazz
1988 First musician commissioned by the NASA Art Program, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
1986 New York State Council on the Arts - New Music Network Tour award
1978-94 Meet the Composer - composition/performance grants (NYC)
1978/85/95 National Endowment for the Arts - composition/performance grants
1976 Magna cum laude Yale University

Time Magazine feature article - "Women: The Road Ahead" (1990)
Fred Bouchard: Profile. Jane Ira Bloom, in: Down Beat, 48/12 (Dec.1981)
Christian Gauffre: Jane Ira Bloom. "J'ai de quoi enregistrer vingt disques des demain", in: Jazz Magazine (Jan.1982)
David C. Gibson: Jane Ira Bloom, in: Saxophone Journal, 10/2 (Summer 1985)
Howard Mandel: Riffs. Jane Ira Bloom, in: Down Beat, 53/7 (Jul.1986), p. 14 (F/I)
Leonard Feather: Before and After. Jane Ira Bloom, in: Jazz Times, Aug.1989
Tim Price: Jane Ira Bloom, in: Saxophone Journal, 14/3 (Nov/Dec.1989)
Fred Bouchard: Jane Ira Bloom. Sonic Bloom, in: Down Beat, 58/7 (Jul.1991)
Fred Bouchard: Jane Ira Bloom. Poetic Motion, in: Jazz Times, 23/4 (May 1993)
Don Erjavec: Transcribed Solo. Jane Ira Bloom's Solo on "Lost in the Stars", in: Jazz Educators Journal, 27/1 (Oct.1994)
Miyoshi Smith: Jane Ira Bloom Interview, in: Cadence, 20/10 (Oct.1994)
Robert Goldblum: Profile. Jane Ira Bloom, in: Jazziz, 13/6 (Jun.1996)
Zan Stewart: Jane Ira Bloom. Per la dama del soprano il ritmo vuol dire gioia, in: Musica Jazz, 53/7 (Jul.1997)

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