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Jane Ira Bloom

Primary Instrument: Sax, soprano

Jane Ira Bloom

Jane Ira Bloom has been developing her unique voice on the soprano sax for over 30 years. A pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz, she is a six-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Award for Soprano Saxophone, winner of the Downbeat International Critics Poll for soprano sax, and a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim fellowship. Her continued commitment to new music has led to collaborations with Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Kenny Wheeler, Rufus Reid, Matt Wilson, Bob Brookmeyer, Julian Priester, Mark Dresser, Bobby Previte, Billy Hart, Mark Helias, Min Xiao-Fen and Fred Hersch among others...
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Awards:

  • 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2001 - Jazz Journalists Association Award for Soprano Saxophone of the Year
  • 2014 - Grammy Nominee for Best Surround Sound Album (Sixteen Sunsets)
  • 2007 - Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2007 - Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Award
  • 2006 - Doris Duke/ Chamber Music America New Works: Creation and Presentation Program
“Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has achieved something many more- famous players never find: an instantly identifiable sound based in intense lyricism and striking melodies.” - Steve Smith, TimeOut NY

“an artist of a huge stature, an original, a master of the soprano... the sort of player easy to identify in a blindfold test, because she is a school of one.” - Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate

“Sidney Bechet...John Coltrane...Steve Lacy....The name Jane Ira Bloom can be added to that list of icons. Bloom has used the soprano saxophone to give voice to fertile and uncompromising artistic spirit...” - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

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