Jamie Baum – Flutes
Jason Palmer – Trumpet
Sam Sadigursky – Alto Sax / Bass Clarinet
Chris Komer – French Horn
Brad Shepik – Guitar
Luis Perdomo – Piano
Zack Lober – Bass
Jeff Hirshfield – Drums
The Jamie Baum Septet+ celebrates the recent release of their much-anticipated album Bridges. On the heels of their award-winning 2013 Sunnyside release In This Life, featuring music influenced by South Asia and the world-renown Qawwali vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, comes the stellar sequel Bridges. Hailed by Downbeat for her “remarkable artistic facility” and by The New York Times for her “remarkable balance of fluidity and restless creativity,” New York-based flutist/composer and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Jamie Baum is proud to announce the release of The Jamie Baum Septet+, Bridges on Sunnyside Records. The highly anticipated follow-up to her wildly successful 2013 recording In This Life, Bridges offers yet another recording of incredible depth, beauty, spirituality, undiluted zeal and is the culmination of Baum’s search for common links between some of the world’s great religious music traditions. Baum’s advanced harmonic sensibility and sonic imagination, beautifully brought to life by the stellar members of her long-running ensemble, proves yet again the capacity of modern jazz to absorb and transform music of diverse traditions, without sacrificing the improvisatory element at the core of jazz’s identity. In her album notes Baum cites Wikipedia’s definition of the word “bridge,” one that seems to sum up her artistic mission here: “a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath.” At the same time, Baum’s musical wanderings highlight something even deeper: our shared humanity, and the common threads that run throughout our history. With great respect for these varied traditions and their vast languages, Baum’s goal was not to play or compose exactly in these styles, but to have her travels and playing experiences inspire new ways of writing and improvising in a decisively modern jazz format. The diverse musicians who make up the Jamie Baum Septet+ are all first-call artists on the jazz scene, many of them accomplished leaders in their own right.
The Jamie Baum Septet+, formed in 1999, has been performing with this current line-up of musicians since 2010. For almost 20 years Baum has created opportunities to perform her compositions with this ensemble, developing a unique voice with the colors and textures of this unusual instrumentation. Including the recently released Bridges for Sunnyside Records, their four CDs have received stellar reviews in all relevant publication including the New York Times and NPR’s “All Things Considered”, with most receiving four stars in DownBeat. Nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association, for “Best Midsize Ensemble of 2014”, they have done several tours in the US and abroad at notable venues and festivals.
NYC flutist/composer/recording artist/clinician, Jamie Baum, has toured the US and over 30 countries and has performed with artists as renowned and diverse as George Russell, Randy Brecker, Donald Brown, Mick Goodrick, Tom Harrell and Kenny Barron to Dave Douglas, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine, Ralph Alessi, Leni Stern, David Binney, Jane Bunnett, V.M Bhatt, Graham Haynes, Anthony Braxton and Wadada Leo Smith. Though focusing primarily on jazz, she has studied and performed classical, new music, Brazilian and Latin music. Receiving critical praise for six CD’s as a leader, Sight Unheard (w/Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner), Moving Forward, Standing Still (w/Ralph Alessi, George Colligan), In This Life and Bridges (w/Amir ElSaffar, John Escreet) all made several “Best CDs of the Year” lists with four stars from DownBeat. Inch By Inch, by the cooperative band Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project (w/Jerome Harris, George Schuller), out May, 2014 (GM Recordings) also received four stars from DownBeat. Recordings as sidewoman include those by Dave Binney, George Colligan, Ursel Schlicht, Frank Carlberg, Taylor Haskins, Steve Lampert, Monika Herzig, Brian Landrus, etc. Ms. Baum has been listed in the DownBeat Critics Polls annually since 1998, was included in the Huffington Post’s “Twenty five Great Jazz Flute Performances”, has appeared in both the JazzTimes and NPR Critics Polls and was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for “Flutist of the Year” nine times. Among the many awards for her composing, Baum was awarded a 2018 USArtist International grant, a 2017 New Music USA Project Grant, a 2014 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and was selected a 2014-15 Norman Stevens Fellow during her MacDowell Colony residency. She won the ’99 International Jazz Composers Alliance Award, the 2010 CAP Award (American Music Center), the 2003 New Works: Creation and Presentation Award and the 2007 Encore Award, both components of the Doris Duke/Chamber Music America Jazz Ensembles Project. Through a highly competitive auditioning process, Jamie was chosen to tour for the DOS/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador program from ’99-’03 as well as several later tours sponsored by the US State Department in South America, Europe, South Asia. In addition to leading her Septet+, Short Stories, and co-leading Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project, she is involved in several other projects either as co-leader or side-woman including The Richie Beirach/Jamie Baum Duo. Ms. Baum has been on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music since ’07 (where she received her MM in jazz composition), an adjunct faculty at the New School University since ’04, and taught at Berklee College of Music (2011-2013). A clinician for Altus Flutes/KHS America, they’ve sponsored her innovative, pioneering workshop “A Fear Free Approach to Improvisation for the Classically-Trained Musician”TM worldwide since 1993.
NYC guitarist, composer, educator Brad Shepik has recorded nine albums with his groups that include Brad Shepik Organ Trio, Brad Shepik Quartet, Brad Shepik Trio, Human Activity Quintet, Brad Shepik and the Commuters. Since 1995 his ensembles have performed at major festivals and clubs across Europe and North America. As a sideman Brad appears on more than 70 recordings and has performed and recorded with Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, Paradox Trio, Jay Clayton and others. He has also performed with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Carla Bley’s Escalator Over the Hill, Bob Brookmeyer, and was a a member of Joey Baron’s Killer Joey from 2000-2009. Shepik moved to New York in 1990, subsequently joining several bands including Dave Douglas’ Tiny Bell Trio, Pachora w/Chris Speed, Jim Black and Skuli Sverrisson, and BABKAS. In 2000 Shepik began re-examining the guitar trio format with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Scott Colley recording two cd’s,”Drip” and “Short Trip”, both of which were critically acclaimed and featured on NPR. In 2007 Shepik received a New Works Commission from Chamber Music America to write a suite of music on the subject of climate change for jazz quintet. The resulting CD “Human Activity Suite” was a 10 movement- work on the subject of climate change and was released in 2009 on Songlines Recordings. Brad Shepik is on the faculty of the jazz departments at New York University, New England Conservatory and the City College of New York.
Trumpeter/Composer/Educator Jason Palmer is becoming one of the most in demand musicians of his generation. He has performed with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith (the organist), Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel (first trumpeter to ever be hired by this highly acclaimed guitarist), Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Common, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, etc. Jason was a recipient of the 2014 French American Cultural Exchange Jazz Fellowship and was named a 2011 Fellow in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Jason took 1st Place in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the June 2007 issue of Downbeat Magazine cited Jason as one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the Future”. In addition to performing on over a forty albums as a sideman, Jason has recorded eight albums under his own name and is currently a Steeplechase Records Recording artist (three of his recordings receiving 4 stars or better in Downbeat Magazine). Jason is has toured over 30 countries with saxophonists Greg Osby, Grace Kelly, Matana Roberts, as well as a featured guest artists on multiple projects.
Originally from Venezuela, Luis Perdomo is one of the busiest jazz pianists on the business. He began playing piano at age 10, and by age 12 he was playing professionally on radio and TV, as well as concerts and clubs. Later on, Mr. Perdomo moved to the U.S to attend the Manhattan School of Music on a scholarship. Some of the artists Mr. Perdomo has recorded and/or performed with include Ravi Coltrane, David Sanchez, Tom Harrell, Ray Barretto, Miguel Zenon, Dave Douglas, among others. A list that is as notable both by its quality as well as its diversity. As a longstanding member of groups led by Miguel Zenón and Ravi Coltrane, Mr Perdomo has made his mark as a performer, a composer and arranger. He can be heard most recently on both Grammy nominated Ravi Coltrane’s “Blending Times” and Miguel Zenón’s “Identities are Changeable”. He has released 9 highly praised recordings as a leader and has participated in over 250 recordings as a sideman.
A native New Yorker, drummer Jeff Hirshfield performance and recording credits include; Jim Hall, Toots Thielemans, Charlie Mariano, Joe Lovano, Red Rodney-Ira Sullivan, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Dr. John, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Orchestra, John Taylor, Randy Brecker, John Zorn, Mose Allison, Bennie Wallace, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Bley, Eliane Elias, Mike Mainieri, Gary Peacock, Tim Berne, Woody Herman Orchestra, Tom Harrell, Fred Hersch, Mike Stern, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bob Belden, James Moody, Dave
Liebman, David Binney, George Garzone, Jamie Baum, Greg Osby, Chris Potter, Slide Hampton, Joe Henderson, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Bill Frisell, Benny Golson, etc. Extensive touring includes the U.S., Europe, Japan, South America, Australia, Israel, India, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Performing in many of the major jazz and music festivals around the world. He has performed on over 280 recordings. He has conducted clinics and master classes with a focus on musicality and listening in Europe, South America, Australia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Canada, Japan and extensively in the U.S.
Sam Sadigursky has toured and recorded as a saxophonist and clarinetist with artists as diverse as Brad Mehldau, Tom Jones, Edmar Castaneda,The Mingus Orchestra, Jamie Baum Septet+, Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano, and has been nominated for three Grammy awards for his work with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. His series of four albums of original music based on poetry and text for New Amsterdam Records, entitled The Words Project, have been acclaimed internationally. Following the 2015 release of his latest album, Follow the Stick, he was named a rising star on clarinet in the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll. As a composer, he has written for film and modern dance and has also published three books of original etudes for clarinet and saxophone. He is the recipient of numerous grants from organizations such as Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Jerome Foundation. Sadigursky has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Radio France (Paris), Winter JazzFest (NYC), Moers Festival (Germany), BMW Jazz Festival (Brazil), Jazz al Parque (Bogota, Colombia), and Wangaratta Jazz Festival (Australia), and has also performed for numerous Broadway shows (most recently Fiddler on the Roof and Matilda). He appears on over thirty albums as a sideman, and is currently the onstage clarinetist for The Band’s Visit on Broadway.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Zack Lober is a bassist, composer, DJ and music producer based in New York City since 2005. He is a co-founder of the critically acclaimed jazz groups “The Story” and “Byproduct” and leads his own group called “The Ancestry Project”, a performance piece featuring music and video and musical explorations with turntables. He is active as an educator and clinician and holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. As a sideman his credits include work with David Binney, Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Jamie Baum, Lars Dietrich and Samir Zarif with performances throughout Europe, India, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Zack is also active in the rock and pop world and has performed and/or recorded with artists including Caro Emerald, Zach Williams (of The Lone Bellow), Jessica Williams (Girls), Adam Sullivan, Steve Stevens (Billy Idol).
Kansas native Chris Komer is a uniquely versatile musician who is as at home in the concert hall (New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra) and the recording studio (Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Sting, 13 Movie Soundtracks) as he is in the jazz club (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Michael Brecker Quindectet, Jamie Baum Septet +) Also a highly sought after chamber musician, he has performed with the Canadian Brass, the Burning River Brass, Music from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among many others. He can also be found in the orchestras on Broadway and has been the contracted principal horn for 12 Broadway Productions including the recent revival of West Side Story and has released a solo piano CD of all original and improvised music entitled “Travlin music”. He is currently the Principal Horn of the New Jersey Symphony and Professor of Horn at Princeton University. He has also founded a unique artist’s retreat in the rocky mountains of Montana called the Artist’s Refuge at Thunderhead.
This recording was made possible with the very generous support from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. This Jamie Baum Septet+ Project was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fun for Music, Carl Jacobs Foundation, New York State Council of the Arts. Song Without Words and Joyous Lament were composed while attending a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, as a 2014-15 Norman Stevens Fellow. UCross Me was composed while attending a residency at the UCross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming in March 2015. Honoring Nepal: The Shiva Suite, was commissioned by The Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art as part of their performance series.