Home » Artists » Wingwalker

Jane Ira Bloom: Bio

"There's no one like her. Anywhere."  - Gene Seymour

"one of the very finest and original exponents of the soprano today" – Grego Applegate Edwards

Soaring, poetic, quick silver, adventurous and instantly identifiable are words used to describe the soprano sound of saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. She's been steadfastly developing her singular voice on the straight horn for 40 years creating a body of music that marks her as an American original. She's a winner of the 2017 Downbeat & JazzTimes Critics Polls, a ten-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association Award for soprano sax, and the Charlie Parker Award for Jazz Innovation. She has collaborated with such outstanding jazz artists as Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Priester, Mark Dresser, Jerry Granelli, Matt Wilson, Rufus Reid and Fred Hersch.  Her 2015 trio release "Early Americans" was cited as one of the best CDs of 2016 by the NPR Jazz Critics Poll; her 2014 all-ballads project "Sixteen Sunsets" was nominated for a Grammy Award for surround-sound.  In addition she's garnered numerous awards for her creativity including a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition and the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Award for lifetime service to jazz. JIB was the first musician commissioned by the NASA Art Program and was honored to have an asteroid named in her honor by the International Astronomical Union (asteroid 6083janeirabloom). 

Bloom's affinity for other art forms has both enriched her music and led to collaborations with other innovative artists. She has scored music for dancer/ choreographer Carmen DeLavallade, legendary drummer Bernard Purdie, comedian Lewis Black, and actor Vanessa Redgrave. Her long-standing interests in space exploration, neuroscience, and abstract painting have lead to innovative recording projects inspired by outer and inner space. She has performed at the "Arts & Mars" Conference sponsored by NASA w/ Grace Farms as well as joined other cutting edge artists participating in "Art in Science" and "Rhythms of the Brain" symposiums sponsored by DARPA. Her recent interest in Emily Dickinson's poetry and 2015 commission from the Doris Duke/ CMA New Jazz Works Program led to the creation of Wild Lines, a jazz reimagining of the poet's work that premiered at UMASS / Amherst in the poet's hometown. The piece was also performed at the Kennedy Center, The NYPL for the Performing Arts @ Lincoln Center and The International Dickinson Society Conference at Amherst College. 

The subject of numerous media profiles on network television, on radio, and in major national magazines, JIB has recorded and produced 17 albums since 1977 for CBS/SONY, Arabesque, ENJA, JMT, Pure Audio, Sono Luminous and Artistshare, and founded her own record label (Outline Records). A professor at the New School for Jazz in New York City, she holds degrees from Yale University, the Yale School of Music and continues to find inspiration merging her music with the world of arts and ideas.

1 Her Exacting Light  
2 Life on Cloud 8  
3 Ending Red Songs  
4 Freud's Convertible  
5 Airspace  
6 Frontiers in Science  
7 Rooftops Speak Dreams  
8 Rookie  
9 Adjusting to Midnight  
10 Live Sports  
11 Wingwalker  
12 I Could Have Danced All Night  
NEW SCHOOL MINUTE: Jane Ira Bloom, 'Deep Edges; Improvising Slow Songs' | The New School
Jane Ira Bloom: Valuing Choices Made in the Moment
2018 Grammy Winners for Best Surround Sound: Jane Ira Bloom, Jim Anderson, Darcy Proper
A Singer's Approach

Whether adventuring into interior or outer space in her music, award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom continues to navigate her unique musical path with creative abandon. Wingwalker, her 14th album as leader and fourth album on the Outline label reunites Bloom with long-time bandmates Dawn Clement on piano, bassist Mark Helias, and drummer Bobby Previte. After two years since Bloom's last release "Mental Weather," she brought the band together in June 2010 to record new compositions written during time made possible by a Guggenheim Fellowship. Wingwalker was recorded in Avatar Studio B in New York City with renowned audio engineer Jim Anderson. The album features eleven Bloom originals and a solo sax rendition of Lerner & Lowe's classic "I Could Have Danced All Night." From the groove inspired "Life on Cloud 8" to the spare simplicity of "Adjusting to Midnight," Jane has journeyed further into jazz dimensions without a safety net. The CD also features an extra mp3 downloadable version of the music condensed into a 5 minute 49 second event.

8 New 'ON' this week: 336 Total
Synd: Voice Of America, PRI/Jazz After Hours
Direct: SiriusXM, Music Choice
Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Wash DC, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baltimore, Portland, San Diego, Detroit, Long Island NY, Austin, Milwaukee, Memphis, Albuquerque, Orlando, Tampa, Puerto Rico
International: Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan
Online: The Jazz Session, Moja, Live 365, Taintradio, Jazzweekly.com, All About Jazz, amazon, Aggie Radio, UKJazzRadio, Jazz Virtuosa, Hot House, Cory Weeds, Jazzreview.com, Jazz Police, PopMatters, Big Butter and the Eggman, IAJRC