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Peter H. Bloom

Peter H. Bloom, flutes/saxophones, concertizes widely in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand and is featured on 48 CDs from labels including Leo Records, 9Winds, SONY Classical, Dorian, and Newport Classic. His latest CD is Exuberant Ellingtonia: Flute & Piano Sessions with the Bloom/Funkhouser Duo (January 2022 from Americas Musicworks), called "a treasure trove" (Textura Magazine, Ontario) and "one of those albums we know are unique jewels" (Jazz, ese ruido, Spain). Bloom is featured on the 2-CD set, A Rite for All Souls by The Mark Harvey Group (July 2020, Americas Musicworks), reviewed by Troy Dostert in AllAboutJazz, who wrote that Bloom's "expansive creativity on a range of saxophones is one of the delights of this recording." Bloom is also featured on all 16 of The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's CDs, including the band’s latest release, Faces of Souls (2020, Leo Records).

Bloom's career encompasses exploratory jazz, new and improvised music, jazz standards, blues, bebop, and diverse chamber music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. He has worked with acclaimed composer-trumpeter Mark Harvey since 1969, has performed with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra for 46 years, has been a member of FiLmprov since its creation in 1996, is a founding member of The Modernistics, and has led his own jazz groups for decades. Bloom appears on 16 Aardvark CDs, including 10 discs on Leo Records. He has shared the stage with such jazz luminaries as Charles Neville, Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Ricky Ford, Jay Clayton, Walter Thompson, and Raj Mehta. With Aardvark members, he recorded improvised music for the DVD series Treasures from the American Film Archives, which The New York Times called “one of the best sets of the year.”

Peter H. Bloom performs regularly in duos and trios with pianist John Funkhouser, pianist Tim Ray, guitarist Mark Leighton, and bassist Dave Zox. For more than 20 years, Bloom has been a member of Kate Matson's FiLmprov (melding improvised music with animated films). He has appeared with the Jazz Expansions Orchestra, Composers in Red Sneakers, Underground Composers, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, the International Flute Army, Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, and Todd Brunel’s Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music, among others.

A champion of new music, Bloom has given premieres of works by Mark Harvey, Richard Nelson, Richard Cornell, Elizabeth Vercoe, Pamela Marshall, Narong Prangcharoen, Edward Jacobs, Elliott Schwartz, Karl Henning, Len Detlor, Marianela Maduro, Matt Samolis and others. He is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg award.

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“Bloom’s flute sings Duke’s often sophisticated melodies with infectious brio.” - George Kanzler, The New York City Jazz Record, April 2022

"Although the enormous quantity of Duke Ellington tributes recorded over the years is probably far too large to count, those involving flute and piano duos are a much rarer find. So it is a welcome occurrence that flautist Peter H Bloom and pianist John Funkhouser, two prominent veterans of the Boston jazz scene, have recorded just that: a thoughtfully curated, well-played collection of time-tested gems from the Ellington songbook which is perfect in highlighting the musicality and emotional potency of the master's corpus." – Troy Dostert, AllAboutJazz.com, January 2022

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Exuberant...

Americas Musicworks
2022

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A Rite for All Souls

Americas Musicworks
2020

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Faces Of Souls

Leo Records
2020

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A Rite for All Souls,...

Americas Musicworks
2020

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Democratic Vistas

Leo Records
2018

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