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Jane Ira Bloom

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Did you know soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom was the first musician commissioned by the NASA Art Program to create three original compositions (1989) and has a minor planet named after her (6083 Janeirabloom)? Did you know this Yale graduate (1977) and tenured music professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is married to the actor/director Joe Grifasi? Yeah man, she’s way hip. Friday night’s edition of Jazz From Blue Lake featured Jane Ira Bloom’s music in the first part of each hour and is at Blue Lake Public Radio’s on-demand page until tomorrow. (photo of Bloom by Erika Kapin). www.bluelake.org/ondemand 

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On 1/16/2018 at 7:28 PM, Milestones said:

"Lost in the Stars" from Mighty Lights is as good as it gets in ballad playing--just stunning.

I think Bloom's strength is her ballad playing. One of my favorite recordings by Bloom is "The Red Quartets" with Fred Hersch on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, and Bobby Previte on drums. Most of the tracks can be found on youtube, including this beautiful ballad:



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