2 Women, 5 Tuesdays, 1 brilliant collaboration

Allison Miller
Jane Ira Bloom

Release on Bandcamp Sept 15, 2021

"these Bloom duets are special... Bloom is free to be her singing self on her saxophone- and these performances demonstrate once again that she is one of those rare artists who has the Gift of Melody."

- Steve Elman/ Arts Fuse

In March and April of 2021 soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and drummer Allison Miller came together on five Tuesdays in March and April of 2021 to record some improvised sax and drum duets to see what might happen. They didn't set out to make an album - they just wanted to play because they needed to improvise any way that they could. They played with complete abandon, performing remotely from their home studios in New York City in the reality of the world of 2021. Tues Days is the result¬ of those recordings that now appear on Bloom's Outline label and are available through Miller's Bandcamp site, mixed and mastered by bassist Mark Helias with breathtaking fidelity. It's a musical duet saturated in a kaleidoscope of color. The music is spontaneous composition at its best by two masterful improvisers - energetic, tactile, and alive. Miller's multi-colored array of percussion augments her drumset in exquisite counterpoint to Bloom's signature tone on the soprano sax. The music is both rhythmic and deeply lyrical - drum and sax dancing around one another until their song is sung. The compositions are Bloom and Miller making-it-up live and in the moment, taking you on a wild ride through their musical universe. From the adventurous journey of “The Wild Frontier” to the unpredictable “A & J's Test Kitchen,” get ready for Tues Days - a story for your ears that will have your head spinning in wonder.

“Playing with Allison on these sessions was like a dance that took me completely away. We didn’t ever talk about what to do, we just played and it felt like pure motion. There was so much to move to and it occurred to me that playing together this way was like entering into a dance that elevated off the floor into space.”

- Jane Ira Bloom

"While improvising with Jane during our Tues-Day sessions I experienced an absolute feeling of being present and in the NOW…a feeling I had not felt in quite some time. All past and future worries slipped away. These sessions birthed new discoveries. Responding to Jane’s sense of musical flow, space, and motivic development birthed an exciting percussive world and, at times, I felt like I was not in charge of my own limbs. They were moving whimsically and gloriously on their own, picking up percussion instruments that had been hiding away in the corners of my studio for years. It was as if Jane’s lyrical tone guided my every movement.”

- Allison Miller

“there is a wonder this is just two musicians. It is a musical kaleidoscope, offering richness and also a delicacy which is engaging. No two tracks offer the same feel…this is about two people, reactions and just being….Tues Days is packed with energy, textures and alive in its movement and chameleon-like changes…It is a journey, a musical escapade and a delight.

- Sammy Stein, SomethingElse!

Fearless jazz explorers playing through time & space

Mark Helias
Jane Ira Bloom

Release on Bandcamp Jan 7, 2021

"music of great individuality and originality that could belong to no one else" - Nick Lea, Jazzviews

Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and bassist Mark Helias come together to create duets discovered in the moment in a way that is rarely heard today with Some Kind of Tomorrow. The long time bandmates, separated by space and time find a way to play in real time with one another and the results are magical. Two master improvisers and composers bring listeners up-close and personal to the first spark of their imaginations at work, recording eleven duet improvisations over the spring, summer, and fall of 2020. The music is raw, authentic, intimate, alive, and unapologetic in its passion. Their sound is deep wood and polished brass recorded with a depth that is hard to describe. They played the music, recorded it, mastered it firsthand and are now making it available to listeners for the first time as a digital download on Bandcamp. Don't miss these fearless jazz explorers as they face the future.

We didn't have to write anything.
We didn't have to plan anything.
We didn't even have to talk.
We just had to play -
  to connect with each other
across a distance in whatever way we could
  because we had to.
It was just too hard to be a sound alone.
A sound needed another sound
  - and so Mark & I began.

Here are the improvised duets that bassist Mark Helias and I created in the spring, summer, and fall of 2020 on the internet. The thought of a world without a live, spontaneous musical connection was too hard to imagine and so we came to these sessions over the internet with an emotional thirst that's hard to describe. The music is discovered in the moment in a way that I've never recorded before. The sound is filled with everything that we felt and couldn't say in words. There is a vibration between us that's uncanny given the circumstances and a deep need to play what was real to us just then. It's as real as it gets for two musicians who needed to create music together to try to find some way to mend the world.

Jane Ira Bloom

In unprecedented times artists resort to unprecedented strategies to fulfill the need to create and relate. Being locked down has reframed my appreciation of the act of musical interaction and reaffirmed the decision that I made decades ago to explore music as a life's work. The first time that Jane and I improvised together through Wi-Fi sometime in April or May 2020 was a very high experience on so many levels. We were sorting out the possibilities of making music remotely and assessing the technology and our relation to it. Once we made peace with the situation and the medium, listening, feeling, hearing and responding was the same as it ever was. Without a live audience we decided to complete the circle by documenting our efforts through recordings that we are now sharing with the public. This process has been enlivening in ways that I had not anticipated.

Mark Helias

“these pieces are further confirmation that in the hands of the best… pure improvisation is a rare art form which comes from the soul through the head and hands in an instant.”

- Graham Reid, Elsewhere

“two veterans… at the peak of their game”

- Delarue, Lucid Culture

“Bloom definitely has her own sound on the instrument. Helias is all empathy… more than 40 years of intense collaboration.”

- Jim Motavalli, NYC Jazz Record

Jane Ira Bloom's New Recording Project - Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline OTL143)

Jane Ira Bloom - soprano sax
Dawn Clement - piano
Mark Helias - bass
Bobby Previte - drums
Deborah Rush - voice

"music of great individuality and originality that could belong to no one else" - Nick Lea, Jazzviews

American original Jane Ira Bloom does it again. This time the 21st-century soprano saxophonist reimagines the poetry of 19th-century visionary Emily Dickinson in two different settings. Her new 2 Cd pack showcases her jazz quartet's interpretation of Dickinson's poetry and includes a second version for jazz quartet and spoken word featuring readings by popular stage & film actor Deborah Rush. After the success of her 2016 trio album release Early Americans, Bloom shifts gears with Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson (OTL143) showcasing her acclaimed quartet in dialogue with poetry in her seventeenth album and first foray into music and text. Her sound is like no other on the straight horn and she lets it fly with long-time band mates Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Helias (bass) & Bobby Previte (drums). Adding the Emily Dickinson narrative to the ensemble on disc 2 is acclaimed actor Deborah Rush. Bloom composed Wild Lines when she was awarded a 2015 CMA/ Doris Duke New Jazz Works commission. She was inspired to musically reimagine Dickinson when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser herself, reconfirming what she'd always felt in the jazz-like quality of Dickinson's phrasing. "I didn't always understand her but I always felt Emily's use of words mirrored the way a jazz musician uses notes." Wild Lines' premiere at the poet's home in Amherst, MA was followed by performances at the Kennedy Center and the NYPL for the Performing Arts. The ensemble then headed into Avatar Studios to record in stereo and surround-sound with renowned audio engineer Jim Anderson. The album features fourteen Bloom originals inspired by fragments of Dickinson poetry and prose mined from both her collected works and envelope poems "The Gorgeous Nothings." The album closes with a solo rendition of an American classic, Rodgers & Hart's "It's Easy to Remember." Artist Gina Werfel contributes a stunning motion painting for the CD's cover image. Wild Lines / Improvising Emily Dickinson illuminates why jazz critic Brian Priestly called Jane Ira Bloom "the poet of the soprano saxophone."

Deborah Rush at Emily's window photo by Chip Cronkite

Jane Ira Bloom's New Recording Project: Early Americans - Outline Music (OTL142)

Early AmericansStereo CD on Outline Music (OTL142)

Jane Ira Bloom - soprano saxophone
Mark Helias - bass
Bobby Previte - drums

All compositions by Jane Ira Bloom (Outline Music/ BMI)
except "Somewhere" by Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim
(The Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Co. LLC/ Chappell & Co. Inc./ ASCAP)

"A master of the soprano sax... the sort of player easy to identify in a blindfold test, because she is a school of one." -Grego Applegate Edwards

Produced by Jane Ira Bloom & Jim Anderson
Recording & Mix Engineer - Jim Anderson
Assistant Recording Engineer - Nate Odden
Assistant Mix Engineer - Tyler Hartman

Art Direction & Design - Christopher Drukker
Cover Portrait Photography - © Brigitte Lacombe 2015
Recorded at Avatar Studios, Studio B, NYC July 16 &17, 2015.
Mixed at Avatar Studios, NYC
Stereo Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf! Digital, NYC

Outline Music

available on amazon.com

Studio photographs by Jim Anderson
ArtistShare's  album on Photobucket

You never know what American original soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom is going to do next. After the success of her 2014 all-ballads release "Sixteen Sunsets" Bloom shifts into another gear showcasing the kinetic energy of her acclaimed trio playing with the musicians that she knows best on Early Americans (OTL142). It's her first trio album, sixteenth as leader and sixth recording on the Outline label. Her sound is like no other on the straight horn and she lets it fly on every track. She's joined by long-time bandmates Mark Helias on bass & drummer Bobby Previte and with over fifty years of shared musical history together the album is sure to be a winner. Bloom's collaboration with Helias dates back to the mid 70's in New Haven CT and her unique chemistry with Previte has been ongoing since 2000. She brought the group together in summer 2015 to Avatar Studio B in NYC to capture their breathtaking sound in both stereo and surround-sound with renowned audio engineer Jim Anderson. The album features twelve Bloom originals ranging from the rhythmic drive of "Song Patrol" and "Singing The Triangle" to the spare melancholy of "Mind Gray River." She closes the album with a signature solo rendition of the American songbook classic, Bernstein & Sondheim's "Somewhere." World-renowned portrait photographer Brigitte Lacombe contributes a stunning cover image of Bloom. "Playing in threes" has always held a special fascination for jazz artists - it offers the possibility that something can be slightly off balance and that's just what fires the imagination of players like Bloom, Helias, & Previte. With Early Americans Jane Ira Bloom stands in the vanguard of her generation carving out new territory in the heart of the jazz tradition. Don't miss this trio of "fearless jazz explorers who share a commitment to beauty & adventure."

Wild Lines: Jane Ira Bloom Plays Emily Dickinson

Magic Triangle Jazz Series presents

The World Premiere of

Wild Lines: Jane Ira Bloom Plays Emily Dickinson

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 8:00pm Bezanson Recital Hall University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA

performed by:
The Jane Ira Bloom Quartet
with readings by Deborah Rush

  • Jane Ira Bloom - soprano saxophone
  • Dawn Clement - piano
  • Mark Helias - bass
  • Bobby Previte - drums
  • I. Wild Lines
    II. Emily & Her Atoms
    III. Alone & In a Circumstance
    IV. One Note from One Bird
    V. Dangerous Times
    VI. A Star Not Far Enough
    VII. Singing The Triangle
    VIII. Mind Gray River
    IX. Cornets of Paradise
    X. Other Eyes
    XI. Say More
    XII. Hymn: You Wish You Had Eyes in Your Pages
    XIII. Bright Wednesday
    XIV. Big Bill

    Compositions by Jane Ira Bloom Readings from poetry & prose by Emily Dickinson

    Program made possible with support from Chamber Music America's 2015 New Jazz Works Program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

    On April 28 2016 the Jane Ira Bloom Quartet with actor Deborah Rush premiered "Wild Lines: Jane Ira Bloom plays Emily Dickinson" at the Magic Triangle Jazz Series in Bezanson Hall at UMASS/Amherst. The 80 minute suite of compositions inspired by poet Emily Dickinson alternated musical compositions with fragments from the poet's writing in a newly imaged musical landscape. Bloom's reimagining of Dickinson was ignited when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser, reconfirming something that she had always intuitively felt about the jazz-like quality of her writing.

    "Even though I don't always understand her, I always felt that Emily used words the way jazz musicians use notes."

    The piece was made possible with support from Chamber Music America's 2015 New Jazz Works Program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The ensemble subsequently performed the piece in fall 2016 at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the New York Public Library @ Lincoln Center.

    Jane in front of the Dickinson Homestead @ The Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Mass.

    The reception @ The Dickinson Homestead living room.

    JIB and actor Deborah Rush at the Emily Dickinson Museum with Museum Executive Director Jane Wald

    Jane Ira Bloom, Deborah Rush, & Dawn Clement in front of the Dickinson Evergreen Estate.

    JIB & Dawn Clement performing in the living room of the Evergreens @ The Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA

    JIB, Clement, and Rush performing excerpts from "Wild Lines" ("Bright Wednesday Afternoon" & "A Star Not Far Enough") for an invited audience at the Evergreens (home of Dickinson's brother Austin) at the Dickinson Museum, Amherst MA. The 'long yellow shadows' were everywhere

    JIB Quartet (Dawn Clement, Mark Helias, & Bobby Previte) and Deborah Rush performing "Wild Lines" @ Bezanson Reictal Hall UMASS/ Amherst (April 28, 2016).

    Jane Ira Bloom's Trio
    w/ Mark Helias & Bobby Previte
    live at Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC


    Jane was one of five renowned saxophonists selected to adjudicate the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington DC. The other judges included Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, and Bobby Watson. Judges, guest artists, and 2013 Monk Saxophone Competition winner Melissa Aldana perform Jimmy Heath's 'Gingerbread Boy' for the Gala finale at the Kennedy Center.

    From left to right Danilo Perez, Jane Ira Bloom, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Watson, Branford Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Melissa Aldana, James Genus.

    Jane performs 'Resonations 2013: International Concert for Peace on 9/11 at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC

    On September 11, 2013 Jane joined an exciting project performing a concert of new music featuring renowned jazz and Arab musicians in premieres of solo, duo, trio and ensemble works in remembrance and invoking the creative spirit of music for inner and international peace. The ensemble included Syrian vocalist Gaida, trumpeter and tenor saxist Joe McPhee, alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, bass trombonist Dave Taylor, oud player George Ziadeh, bassist Mark Dresser, nay, frame drum, riqq, & dumbek player Zafer Tawil, and conductor composer Sarah Weaver.

    Jane performs at "Inspiralling: Telematic Jazz Explorations 2011" at NYU

    On November 2, 2011 Jane joined an exciting project performing a concert of new music and integrated video conceived for the telematic medium featuring renown improvisers performing together between San Diego and New York City. Telematic music is live performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations. The NY ensemble featured Amire ElSaffar, trumpet, Oliver Lake, alto saxophone, Tomas Ulrich, cello, Ikue Mori, laptop, Sarah Weaver, conductor and the San Diego ensemble included Nicole Mitchell, flute, Michael Dessen, trombone Joshua White, piano, Mark Dresser, bass and conductor.

    Jane at the United Nations for "Resonations 2010" Performance

    Jane was thrilled to be a part of the new music ensemble that performed "Resonations 2010" An International Telematic Music Concert for Peace at the United Nations on Friday, Dec 3, 2011 at 9:00pm. The ensemble performed new pieces by composers Sarah Weaver, Min Xiao-Fen and Yoon Jeong Heo in real time with renowned musicians from Bejing and Seoul South Korea via the internet using telematic music technology. The New York based group featured bassist Mark Dresser, conductor Sarah Weaver, pipa player Min Xiao-Fen, vocalist Jen Shyu, and percussionist Satoshi Takeshi. There was international magic in the air.
    Check out a documentary webcast of the project here.


    In October 2009 Jane joined Dennae Productions, a collaborative team including film director and producer Judy Dennis, producer Ellen Dennis, writer Jules Feiffer, dancer Andrea Weber, choreographers Susan Marshall and Larry Keigwin for an eight week residency at the Baryishnikov Arts Center in NYC to workshop a new short film reinterpreting Jules Feiffer's cartoon character "the modern dancer." After principal photography was completed in summer 2010, Jane recorded the soundscore for the project at Avatar Studios in NYC in October 2010. The ensemble assembled especially for the project included flutist Keith Underwood, bass clarinetist JD Parran, oboist Diane Lesser, vibist James Shipp, bassist Dean Johnson, and conga player Annette Aguilar. Audio engineer Jim Anderson was on hand to record the project. Look for first screenings in February 2011.


    Jane Ira Bloom an award-winning soprano saxophonist and composer who has pioneered the use of live electronics and movement in jazz has been awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship in music composition. The 2007 fellowship winners include 189 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from almost 2,800 applicants for awards totaling $7,600,000. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and are approved by the foundation's board of trustees. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. What distinguishes the Guggenheim Fellowship program is the wide range in interests, age, geography, and institutions of those it selects as it considers applications in 78 different fields from the natural sciences to the creative arts. Since 1925, according to Foundation president Edward Hirsch, the Foundation has granted over $256 million in Fellowships to more than 16,250 individuals. The new fellows include writers, playwrights, painters, sculptors, photographers, film makers, choreographers, physical and biological scientists, social scientists, and scholars in the humanities. Scores of Nobel, Pulitzer, and other prizewinners appear on the roll of Fellows, which includes Ansel Adams, W.H. Auden, Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Vladimir Nabokov, Isamu Noguchi, Linus Pauling, Philip Roth, Paul Samuelson, Wendy Wasserstein, Derek Walcott, James Watson, and Eudora Welty

    "The 5th Wheel"

    Jane Ira Bloom performed the world premiere of "The 5th Wheel", a new collaborative work with legendary dancer/ choreographer Carmen deLavallade on Friday, September 28, 8:00pm at NY City Center's Fall for Dance Series. "The 5th Wheel" was the latest piece in a continuing collaboration between legendary dancer/choreographer Carmen deLavallade and Bloom. It explored the spatial and sonic relationships between a dancer on wheels and a jazz quartet with one musician on the loose. The music based on Bloom's original piece "Ice Dancing" featured a quartet of jazz improvisers onstage including bassist Rufus Reid, drummer Jerry Granelli, and pianist Dawn Clement and was the springboard for deLavallade's playful and evocative choreography. Bloom & deLavallade also appeared on a panel entitled "Dance & Music: A Dynamic Dialogue" moderated by critic John Rockwell on Thursday, Sept 27, 6:30 - 7:30pm at City Center Studios, 130 West 56th St.

    "the ageless Carmen deLavallade, the Lena Horne of dance, was not only as glamorous as ever (in a clinging red outfit) but was full of beans in The 5th Wheel, a vigorous head-to-head with the terrific saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom."

    - Robert Gottlieb/ The New York Observer


    Saxophonist/ composer Jane Ira Bloom has been selected for the 2007 Mary Lou Women in Jazz Award given by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. As the recipient of the award for her lifetime of service to jazz, Bloom will be publicly recognized at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater on Friday, May 11, 2007, as part of the 12th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Jane Ira Bloom is recognized as a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz. As a bandleader, Bloom has recorded more then 12 albums. A strong visual thinker and a cinematic stylist, Bloom's affinity for other art forms such as painting, film, theater, and dance has both enriched her music and expanded her creative projects across the arts. The Kennedy Center established the award in 1996 in honor of Mary Lou Williams for her work as "a pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, mentor, and humanitarian, who left her mark on nearly every aspect of jazz, defying gender, race, and category with her wide-ranging gifts." Prior recipients of the award include Cobi Narita, Shirley Scott, Melba Liston, Vi Redd, Carline Ray, Marian McPartland and Toshiko Akiyoshi.

    "Mental Weather"

    Click Here to view the poster for the concert

    Saxophonist/ composer Jane Ira Bloom launched the release of her latest CD "Mental Weather" (Outline OTL139) at the Iridium Jazz Club on Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2008. The quartet featuring Dawn Clement (piano & Fender Rhodes), Mark Helias (bass), and Matt Wilson (drums) brought the house down for an audience filled with celebrities (comic Lewis Black, actors Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Maria Tucci, and Joe Grifasi). Photographer Matthew Sussman was there to capture it all.

    Jane with Lewis Black

    Jane with Brian Dennehy

    Jane with David Strathairn

    Michael Tucker, Maria Tucci, Jane, and Jill Eikenberry

    Mark Helias, Joe Grifasi, and Lewis Black

    Matt Wilson

    Mark Helias

    Dawn Clement

    The Jane Ira Bloom Quartet at Iridium

    Jane at Iridium

    photo by Erika Kapin

    Deborah Rush at Emily's window photo by Chip Cronkite