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Myra Melford + Jamie Baum Septet+1
8pm – Myra Melford
Myra Melford – solo piano
9:30pm – Jamie Baum Septet+1
Jamie Baum – flute
Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet
Sam Sadigursky – alto sax/bass clarinet
Chris Komer – French horn
Brad Shepik – guitar
John Escreet – piano
Ricky Rodriguez – bass
Jeff Hirshfield – drums
Myra Melford, whom the New Yorker called “a stalwart of the new-jazz movement”—has spent the last three decades making original music that is equally challenging and engaging. She’s explored an array of formats, among them ruminative solo-piano recitals, deeply interactive combos and ambitious multidisciplinary programs, probing the space shared between dynamic small-group jazz and contemporary chamber music.
Since debuting on record as a bandleader in 1990, she’s built a discography of more than 25 albums as a leader or co-leader, and has been awarded numerous DownBeat poll placings, a 2000 Fulbright Scholarship, a 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music and, between 2013 – 2016, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and the Doris Duke Residency to Build Demand for the Arts.
The Other Side of Air, the most recent release by her quintet Snowy Egret, was named one of the best jazz recordings of 2018 by the New York Times and one of NPR Music’s 50 Best Albums of 2018. “This is music with an endless capacity for elasticity and surprise,” NPR wrote, “along with an affirming spirit of coherence.”
NYC jazz flutist/composer, Sunnyside Records artist and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, Jamie Baum, released her 6th CD, Bridges with The Jamie Baum Septet+, in May 2018. Internationally recognized and listed in DownBeat Critics Polls every year since 1999, she’s toured in over 35 countries and worked/recorded with several renown and diverse jazz artists ranging from Randy Brecker, Donald Brown, Mick Goodrick, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell and Kenny Barron to Dave Douglas, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine, Ralph Alessi, David Binney, Louis Cole, Anthony Braxton and Wadada Leo Smith.
A brief backstory… The Jamie Baum Septet was formed in ’99 and has been Baum’s compositional muse ever since. With two highly acclaimed CDs and several tours under their belt, Baum expanded the group in 2010 to the current Septet+. Their Sunnyside release, In This Life (2013), was met with much positive attention, states Baum: “So many wonderful things came from that recording that I could not have anticipated. Not only was I nominated in 2014 by the Jazz Journalists Association for “Flutist of the Year“, but my band, The Jamie Baum Septet+, was nominated as “Best Midsize Ensemble of the Year” – in the same list with only two other bands, The Wayne Shorter Quartet and Steve Coleman’s Five Elements!”