The Jamie Baum Septet+, in preparation to record their 4th CD on February 29th and March 1st, will perform all new-to-be-recorded music at the intimate Cornelia Street Cafe on Friday, February 26th. The program of original modern jazz compositions picks up where her last award-winning Sunnyside release In This Life, leaves off. Since it’s formation in 1999, Ms.Baum has used this “little big band” as her muse, first as a Septet and then adding Brad Shepik on guitar creating the Septet+, to successfully synthesize influences from disparate styles of music into her own highly personalized vision. The new compositions, performance and upcoming recording entitled “Bridges”, are made possible in part with the support awarded her by her 20014 Guggenheim Fellowship, and include a commission by the Rubin Museum of Art, Honoring Nepal: The Shiva Suite, and other cross-cultural collaborations..
Honoring Nepal: The Shiva Suite along with the other genre-crossing compositions, while staying on the side of the modern jazz tradition, are explicitly untraditional in their ethnic flavors evolved from Ms. Baum’s personal experiences. For example, Honoring Nepal is a tribute to a place she has been to twice, performing and collaborating with local musicians while at the Katmandu Jazz Festival and continuing a musical relationship with its producer and percussionist. In fact, along with pianist Manu Koch, she co-produced a benefit concert last July at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge to raise money to for Nepal after the earthquake. The successful event featuring eight bands including Goonj Beyond Boundaries (created by Nepali percussionist Navin Chettri which Baum and Koch play in), the Claudia Quintet, Dave Liebman and a traditional Nepalese group.
NYC Flutist/composer JAMIE BAUM has toured 28 countries and worked with artists as diverse as George Russell, Mick Goodrick, Paul Motion and Randy Brecker to Dave Douglas, Richie Beirach, Anthony Braxton and Wadada Leo Smith. She’s been nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for “Flutist of the Year“ eight times including 2015, listed in DownBeat Critics Polls every year since 1998, and was included in the “Major New International Talent” 2015 list by Musica Jazz (Italy). Baum’s fifth CD as a leader, In This Life (Sunnyside Records), received great attention including reviews from The New York Times, DownBeat, JazzTimes, etc., and was featured in NPR’s All Things Considered and WBGO’s RADAR. It made several “Best CDs of 2013” lists including DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, ITunes, The Boston Globe and Francis Davis’ NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll and was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2014 as “Best Midsize Ensemble of the Year”, in the same list with only two other bands…The Wayne Shorter Quartet and Steve Coleman and Five Elements!
“ The virtuoso flutist confirmed her status as a masterful composer, synthesizing her love of the rhythms and melodies of South Asia with orchestral jazz harmony.” – Jon Garelick, Boston Globe
“(Baum’s) playing on the concert and bass flutes is undoubtedly beautiful and at times ethereal, but also fiery and complex, challenging traditional harmonies. And as her Saturday night performance at Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Sprenger Theatre (Washington, D.C,) showed, her writing follows similar paths….The evening’s centerpiece was a new long-form piece, “Shiva,” which Baum and Septet + premiered just last week in New York.”
– Michael J. West, The Washington Post
“The Jamie Baum Septet+ was clearly a group of special shape and sound. Having seen this remarkable group at the North Sea Jazz Festival, it was even more remarkable that this group was not programmed by other European festivals. The way Baum transformed and subtly inscribed characteristics of Khan’s music into her ensemble’s music appeared to be of a distinguished quality… without ever becoming dominant or rendering the music overtly exotic (or) imitative. Besides Baum’s great blending of voices in the collective sound of the ensemble… there were significant moments for (all of the) players, all demonstrating the remarkably strong intercommunion that this group has achieved. It was a stroke of luck that the programmers of the festival not only recognized the extraordinary quality of the ensemble but also booked it.” – Henning Bolte, AllAboutJazz.com*
The Jamie Baum Septet+ (youtube) at The 2014 North Sea Jazz Festival*:
The Jamie Baum Septet +
Jamie Baum- flutes
Amir ElSaffar – trumpet
Sam Sadigursky – alto sax/bass clarinet
Chris Komer – French horn
Brad Shepik – guitar
John Escreet – piano
Zack Lober – bass
Jeff Hirshfield – drums
Friday, February 26th, 2016
9pm to 12am
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St. Greenwich Village, NYC
(212) 989-9319, http://corneliastreetcafe.com/downstairs/performances.asp
For more information, photos, interviews, CDs or downloads: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jamiebaum.com