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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. With 15 albums as leader/producer and a constant live performance schedule with her trio and quartet, JIB has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the United Nations, The Smithsonian, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and Cathedral of St

Album

Some Kind of Tomorrow

Label: Radiolegs Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Some Kind of Tomorrow; Magic Carpet; Early Rites; Willing; Traveling Deep; Roughing It; Far Satellites; Pros and Cons; Drift; Star Talk; First Canvas.

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Article: Radio

Jane Ira Bloom, Art Hirahara & David Angel

Read "Jane Ira Bloom, Art Hirahara & David Angel" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The ceremonial 700th Episode of Neon Jazz features several news releases and it starts with David Angel and music off his latest project Out on the Coast. We also spotlight 94-year old New York saxophonist Vinnie Riccitelli. We'll examine the music and voices of Joe Lovano, Steve Slagle, Art Hirahara and Jane Ira Bloom. then wrap ...

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Article: Radio

Sarah Murcia, Thumbscrew & Giancarlo Tossani

Read "Sarah Murcia, Thumbscrew & Giancarlo Tossani" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's lots of new releases sampled in this episode. The critics' darlings, Thumbscrew is back and meeting their usual standards of creativity and originality. Popular French bassist Sarah Murcia sings off-beat stuff on her new Eyeballing, while the Finnish quartet Alder Ego stretches the boundaries on their latest. The pandemic looms over the new release by ...

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Article: Radio

Women in Jazz: Woodwind Players

Read "Women in Jazz: Woodwind Players" reviewed by Russell Perry


Never have there been more prominent women clarinetists, saxophonists, and flutists in jazz than there are today and that trend has continued steadily for years. In the 25th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards alto player Lakecia Benjamin was the Up and Coming Musician of the Year, Lauren Sevian was the Baritone Saxophonist of the Year, ...

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Article: Radio

Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen

Read "Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


New releases galore this edition to sift through and that's always enjoyable. Pianist Alexander Hawkins goes large ensemble on his new Togetherness Music and which is graced by the presence of the great Evan Parker; the Finnish duo of Timo Lassy and Teppo Makynen tear things down on the opening track; the trio of Brian Jones, ...

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Article: Radio

Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed & Benoit Delbecq

Read "Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed & Benoit Delbecq" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The lineup for this edition of OMJ is like a menu in an ice cream shop: so many flavours to choose from. The AACM is alive and well in the excellent new release for Astral Spirits by Wadada Leo Smith, Douglas R. Ewart & Mike Reed, power guitar from Slovenia's Samo Salamon with a French quartet, ...

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Article: Radio

New Sounds from Zucker, Helias & Bloom, and Tosoff

Read "New Sounds from Zucker, Helias & Bloom, and Tosoff" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show several recent releases including Ben Zucker, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Amanda Tosoff, Mikko Karjalainen, and Anna Hogberg, also some soulful sounds from Alicia Waller and closing with some classic Miles Davis. Playlist Ben Zucker “Moths Eating The Wallpaper Of Concorde" from Fifth Season (Amalgam Records) 00:00 Jane Ira Bloom ...

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Article: Radio

Saluting Harold Arlen

Read "Saluting Harold Arlen" reviewed by Russell Perry


Born Hyman Arluck on February 15, 1905, Harold Arlen was one of the most important composers of the Great American songbook. Arlen's first collaboration with lyricist Ted Koehler, “Get Happy," became his first hit in 1930 and ever since his tunes have been covered by jazz artists. In 2000, his collaboration with Yip Harburg, “Over the ...

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Article: Radio

New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with music by composer and arranger Melba Liston and concludes with the unique vocal stylings of the great Eartha Kitt to celebrate their birthdays. New releases include Gayelynn McKinney, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Joe Traina and Marty Elkins, with more birthday shoutouts to Ruth Brown, Sade, Michelle Walker, Cheryl Bentyne, Andrea ...


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