Biography of Jamie Baum
Jamie Baum, New York flutist/composer/recording and touring artist/clinician, has worked as a leader and/or sidewoman with several renowned musicians ranging from George Russell, Mick Goodrick, Randy Brecker, Donald Brown, Kenny Barron, and Tom Harrell to Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Paul Motian, V M Bhatt and Karaikudi Mani.
Baum's most recent release, Moving Forward, Standing Still, on OmniTone features a septet that explores the connection between improvised music and composition. Inspired by the music of Stravinsky, Bartok, and Ives, Baum draws from early-yet-lasting influences of modern classical music as well as jazz to create a very personal and refreshing canvas for this unique instrumentation. An extremely talented group, this Septet boasts a cast of in-demand New York players who, leaders in their own right, offer very individual sounds to create an exciting and varied palette.
Her second CD as a leader, Sight Unheard on Gunther Schuller's GM Recordings, received four stars from Down Beat that stated "Jamie Baum exhibits remarkable artistic facility as composer/arranger/bandleader/ flutist." Sight Unheard, featuring Dave Douglas and Kenny Werner, was called "one of the year's most innovative projects" by JazzTimes.
A winner in the '98, '99, '01,'02 and '03 Down Beat Critics' Poll for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, the '00 Down Beat Readers Poll, and the '99 Julius Hemphill International Jazz Composers Alliance Award, Baum was chosen to tour extensively in South America, Asia and South Asia in '99, '01, '02 and '03 by the US State Department/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Program. More recently, Jamie won the prestigious 2003 New Works: Creation and Presentation Award, a component of the Doris Duke/Chamber Music America Jazz Ensembles Project.
Baum received her BM degree from New England Conservatory and her MM from Manhattan School of Music in jazz performance and composition.