NYC flutist/composer/recording artist/clinician, Jamie Baum, has toured the US, and over 28 countries performing at major festivals and concert halls including the North Sea, Sedutirol, Braga, Oeiras, Bermuda, Friehoffer, Winter JazzFest and JVC Festivals. She has performed with artists as renown 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, V.M Bhatt, Anthony Braxton and Wadada Leo Smith.
Though focusing primarily on jazz, she has been involved in several projects, performances and tours performing classical, new music, Brazilian and Latin music. Receiving critical praise for five CD’s as a leader, Sight Unheard (w/Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner), Moving Forward, Standing Still (w/Ralph Alessi, George Colligan) and her new Sunnyside Records release In This Life (w/Amir ElSaffar, John Escreet) all received four stars from DownBeat and made several “Best CDs of the Year” lists. Inch By Inch, by the cooperative band Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project (w/Jerome Harris and George Schuller), came out in May 2014 on GM Recordings.
Ms. Baum has been in the DownBeat Critics Polls annually since 1998, winning #3 in the 2014 Top Flutists category and # 1 Rising Star in 2012. She was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for “Flutist of the Year “ seven times, including 2014 and her band “The Jamie Baum Septet+” has also been nominated in 2014 as “Best Midsize Ensemble of the Year” – in the same list with only two other bands -The Wayne Shorter Quartet and Steve Coleman and Five Elements!
Among the many awards for her composing, Baum was recently awarded the 2014 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and MacDowell residency, has won the ’99 International Jazz Composers Alliance Award, the 2010 CAP Award (American Music Center), the prestigious 2003 New Works: Creation and Presentation Award and the 2007 Encore Award, both components of the Doris Duke/Chamber Music America Jazz Ensembles Project.
Recent media attention for In This Life brought features on WBGO’s RADAR and NPR’s All Things Considered, reviews in The New York Times, DownBeat, JazzTimes, All About Jazz, etc., making the “Best CDs of 2013” on lists including The Boston Globe, ITunes, Rhapsody.com, EMusic.com and Francis Davis’ NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.
Through a highly competitive auditioning process, Jamie was chosen to tour for the DOS/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador program from ’99-’03 and did several later tours sponsored by the US State Department in South America, Europe and South Asia.
Aside from her Septet, together since ’99, and Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project, she is involved in several projects including The Richie Beirach – Jamie Baum Duo. Ms. Baum has been on the faculty of the jazz department at Manhattan School of Music since 2007, on the adjunct faculty roster at the New School University since 2004 and taught at Berklee College of Music (2011-2013). A clinician for Altus Flutes, they have sponsored her innovative, pioneering clinic “A Fear Free Approach to Improvisation for the Classically-Trained Musician”™ at colleges, festivals and “music and art” schools worldwide since 1993.