The Jazz Gallery
$25/$10 for members
reserved table seating: $35/$20 members
1160 Broadway, 5th Floor (between 27th & 28th Street)
New York, New York
www.jazzgallery.org, (646) 494-3625
The Jazz Gallery can be reached by the
N,R,1,6 trains to 28th St.
The Jamie Baum Septet+gives their final NYC performance of the year at The Jazz Gallery this Friday, October 19th as part of their on going CD-release celebration of Bridges (Sunnyside Records). On the heels of their wildly successful recording In This Life, this fourth release by the Septet+ is eliciting the same response. Don’t miss this last opportunity to hear the performance of this music (funded by Baum’s 2014 Guggenheim Award), before the band heads to Europe!
Video “teaser” of Jamie Baum Septet+ “Bridges”CD: https://youtu.be/ffw1-14P_1U
More Upcoming CD-Release Tour Dates:
November 1 – Bimhuis, Amsterdam, w/Jamie Baum Septet+
November 2 – Jazz Club Unterfahrt, Munich, w/Jamie Baum Septet+
November 3/4 – Tampere Jazz Happening, Finland, w/Jamie Baum Septet+
November 6 – Bogui, Madrid, w/Jamie Baum Quintet
November 8 – BJC-Bilbaina Jazz Club, Bilbao, Spain, w/Jamie Baum Quartet
November 9 – Marchena, Spain, w/Jamie Baum Quintet
November 10 – Valencina, Spain, w/Jamie Baum Quintet
November 17 – London Jazz Festival, w/Jamie Baum Septet+
November 18 – Jazz Club „U staré pan“, Prague, w/Jamie Baum Septet+
November 20/21 – Jazztopad Festival, Poland, w/Jamie Baum Septet+
Monterey Jazz Festival 2018 Reviews
"The biggest surprise of the events of Sep. 22 (at this years Monterey Jazz Festival) was a name new to me, Jamie Baum, a diminutive flute player whose imagination is as big as the world. Standing outside Dizzy’s Den in the afternoon, I heard some delicious cacophony coming from the room and thought, oh yes, let’s check this out. Upon entering, I saw a uniquely-configured nonet (including French horn, electric guitar and Baum’s bass flute) playing jazz with off-kilter meters, stuttering Hebrew rhythms, and ultimately, an extended piece, Honoring Nepal: The Shiva Suite, with a Tibetan bowl providing a drone, a freeform earthquake, gamelan-like patterns, and other eclectic pursuits. It was the most extraordinary music of the festival…"- Richard S. Ginell, Journal of Music Critics Assoc.
"(Of) my top five quick takes (at this years Monterey Jazz Festival): Flutist Jamie Baum’s Septet+ provided another revelation. An exploratory composer and arranger interested in long forms and arresting voicings, she focused on music from her recent album Bridges, which includes pieces inspired by Jewish liturgical chants, music from Nepal, and solos by the late Pakistani Qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan that she transcribed and orchestrated. Her wide brass palette, including Chris Komer on French horn, and the wild-card guitarist Brad Shepik, filled each piece with exquisite details, like Komer’s horn and Sam Sadigursky’s bass clarinet melding for a moment of beatific calm in “The Shiva Suite,” commissioned in the wake of Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake." – Andrew Gilbert, SFVC
Bridges CD Reviews
“…what shakes out is the fact that this is uplifting music…(the CD’s) tone generates vivid imagery and a sweeping grandeur. And when Baum’s expanded Septet+ goes big, the music is grander than life. Baum’s lineup is like a future wing of the Jazz Hall of Fame…” – Dave Sumner, May’s “Best Jazz on Bandcamp”
****(four stars) "Always a traveler, never a tourist, Baum constructs significant harmonic relationships between jazz and some far-flung music traditions. Everything connects here: concept and execution, soloists and ensemble, Nepal and New York, spirit and flesh." – Michelle Mercer, DownBeat
“ …a fine album of ambitious range and sharp melodic clarity. It’s part of her continuing experiment with blending hypercontemporary jazz strategies and traditional music from the South Asian subcontinent.”
– Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times
"Nothing about this music composed by Jamie Baum is conventional; this is plain to see, so to speak. But because much of this music also comes from cultures that are not even remotely close to her own and yet this music succeeds in inhabiting them – be they Islamic or Hindu and by association, Arabic, Turkish, Azeri, Nepali and Indian – this effort from her on Bridges must be regarded as truly remarkable as the music succeeds magnificently in the setting of themes, details in modes and the manner in which it stands conventional collisions within the broad swathe of its cultural topography on its head. Incandescent, profoundly human and intoxicating in its celebration of the world of nature and of birth and re-birth in the context of Judaic-Islamic-Hindu relationship with the Divine Bridges by Miss Baum is demanding of herself and of performers requiring special treatment at every turn.."
– Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama
****(four stars)“This is the latest strong entry in Baum’s discography…that skillfully blurs the lines between multi-layered through-composition, hard, tough grooves and focused improvisation.”
– Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise (UK)
“Bridges is packed with layered counterpoint and dense sonic textures. It’s full of shifting rhythms,— The often-serpentine melodic lines overlap, intermingle and clash for dramatic effect. It takes a top-fight group of players to execute such an ambitious endeavor. And Baum’s Septet+, certainly rises to the challenge. Indeed, (Baum’s) tone has a sonic heft — a thickness — that stands in contrast to the instrument’s often bird-like quality. The Septet+ rhythm section…navigates the labyrinthine tunes with drive and finesse."
– Eric Snider, Jazziz Magazine Summer 2018