Bloom, Jane Ira


Jane Ira  Bloom

MM, Music, Yale School of Music
BA, Yale University

Professor, School of Jazz

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Areas of Expertise:
Jazz improvisation and composition; Interdisciplinary collaboration/ NASA Art Program

Jane Ira Bloom, a soprano saxophonist and composer, has been developing her unique musical voice for more than 30 years. A pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz, she has been described by Pulse magazine as having “one of the most gorgeous tones and hauntingly lyrical ballad conceptions of any soprano saxophonist.” Ms. Bloom was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition. She has also won numerous awards, including the 2007 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award for lifetime service to jazz; the 2015 Jazz Journalists Award & 2014 Downbeat Critics Poll for Soprano Sax of the Year; and the Charlie Parker Fellowship for Jazz Innovation. Her album "Sixteen Sunsets" was nominated for a 2014 Grammy award. She was the first musician commissioned by the NASA Art Program and has an asteroid named in her honor by the International Astronomical Union, asteroid 6083janeirabloom.

Sixteen Sunsets (2013) (CD)

Wingwalker (2011) (CD)

Mental Weather (2007) (CD)

Like Silver, Like Song (2004) (CD)

Chasing Paint: Jane Ira Bloom Meets Jackson Pollock (2002) (CD)

Courses Taught:
  • Linear Composition for Improvisers
  • Ornette Coleman Ensemble
  • Standards: The Art of the Ballad
  • Music Composition & The Collaborative Impulse
  • Improvisatory Artists Lab (Mannes School of Music and the School of Drama)
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