March 24, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. —Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom will perform in concert on Wednesday, April 2, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

Bloom will perform with international artists Dawn Clement, piano; Dean Johnson, bass; and Jaz Sawyer, drums.

Their appearance is free to the public as part of the ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series.

'Mental Weather'
Music from her most recent release, Mental Weather, will be featured Wednesday for Jazz at Bucknell.

In this release, Bloom pulls together unique elements of many of her prior offerings: the ballads and free spirit dichotomy of The Nearness and The Red Quartet, the subtle blending in of electronics of Art & Aviation and the quiet, introspective saxophone/piano duets of As One

As a pioneer in the use of live electronics, Bloom uses a foot pedal to trigger various electronic effects to sometimes alter the sound of her saxophone, at times creating the illusion of an orchestra of soprano saxophones.

International performer
Bloom has performed at such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kennedy Center, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Smithsonian's Einstein Planetarium, the Montreal and San Francisco Jazz Festivals, as well as regular club engagements in New York City and tours of England, Portugal, Switzerland, and Brazil.
Her commitment to advancing improvised music has led to collaborations with such outstanding jazz artists as Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Rufus Reid, Matt Wilson, Bob Brookmeyer, Julian Priester, Jerry Granelli, Matt Wilson, Jay Clayton, Mark Dresser, Bobby Previte, and Fred Hersch.

The recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition, she is the winner of the 2007 Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Award for lifetime service to jazz, the Jazz Journalists Award for soprano sax of the year in 2001, 2003, and 2006, the Downbeat International Critics Poll for soprano saxophone, the Charlie Parker Fellowship for Jazz Innovation and the International Women in Jazz Masters Award.
As the first musician ever commissioned by the NASA Art Program, she has been honored by having an asteroid named in her honor by the International Astronomical Union (asteroid 6083janeirabloom); visit
Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the Avant-Garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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Posted March 24, 2008