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This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (February 2011) Jane Ira Bloom (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1955) is an American jazz soprano saxophonist and composer. Contents 1 Biography 2 Selected discography 3 References 4 External links Biography She began as a pianist and drummer, later switching to the alto saxophone, and eventually settling on the soprano saxophone as her primary instrument. She first began playing the saxophone seriously while at Yale University, from which she received a liberal arts degree and a master's degree in music. Following Yale, Bloom relocated to New York City. She has worked with Mark Dresser, Bobby Previte, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Haden, Bob Brookmeyer, Julian Priester, Jay Clayton, Fred Hersch, Jin Hi Kim, and Min Xiao-Fen. She is noted for her use of live electronics, using a foot pedal to trigger various electronic effects that alter the sound of her saxophone, at times creating the illusion of an orchestra of soprano saxophones. She was the first musician to be commissioned by the NASA Art Program; in 1989 she created three original musical compositions: Most Distant Galaxy, for soprano saxophone and live electronics, prepared tape, bass, drums, and electroacoustic percussion; Fire & Imagination, for soprano saxophone, improvisors, and chamber orchestra; and Beyond the Sky, for wind ensemble.[1][2][3] The asteroid 6083 Janeirabloom was named after her.[1] In 2007, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition. Bloom is presently a core faculty member at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City's Greenwich Village. Selected discography Art & Aviation (on electronic saxophone, with Kenny Wheeler, Ron Horton, Rufus Reid), 1992 The Red Quartets (with Fred Hersch), 1999 Chasing Paint (with Fred Hersh, Mark Dresser, Bobby Previte), 2003 Like Silver, Like Song, 2004 Mental Weather (with Dawn Clement, Matt Wilson, and Mark Helias), 2008 References ^ a b (6083) Janeirabloom ^ Jane Ira Bloom: Space ^ Jane Ira Bloom: Compositions External links Jane Ira Bloom official site Jane Ira Bloom interview The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Persondata Name Bloom, Jane Ira Alternative names Short description Date of birth 1955 Place of birth Date of death Place of death