The Yale School of Music presents a special performance on its Duke Ellington jazz series by soprano saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom at 8:00 pm on Friday, March 27 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Music, Bloom has been a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz.
According to Pulse, she possesses “one of the most gorgeous tones and hauntingly lyrical ballad conceptions of any soprano saxophonist.” In addition to Bloom, the quartet’s performers are Dawn Clement, piano; Mark Helias, bass; and Jaz Sawyer, drums.
Said Bloom, “Coming back and playing in New Haven has a lot of meaning for me because it’s where my career as an improviser began.” She reminisces, “I was at Yale and playing out in New Haven from ’72 to ’77 during a period that jazz historians have now called the ‘New Haven Renaissance.’ There were so many creative improvisers and so much activity going on in the city. Being part of a community like that inspired me in ways that I never knew at the time.” MORE