Among the leading jazz flautists in New York City, Jamie Baum had the benefit of learning from late masters in jazz, many of whom participated in the powerful movements and changes in the Music during the 1960s and ’70s. Baum learned firsthand from musicians like Jaki Byard, whose fiery piano playing helped to redefine the role of the instrument. Endowed with the knowledge of the past, Baum has since set about creating an intriguing body of work for an array of ensembles—pulling together the influences of straight-ahead jazz, rock, classical and music from South America.
On top of her prowess as a composer of snaky, playful compositions, Baum is recognized as one of the top flute players in the world. She has been listed in the DownBeat Critics’ Poll each year since the late ’90s. The Jazz Journalists’ Association has named her “Flutist of the Year,” and she has won major awards for her work, including the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
She will perform with her excellent Jamie Baum Septet+ at the Atlas Performing Arts Center this Saturday evening at 8 p.m. Immediately before the show, CapitalBop will continue our third season of Riffin’: CapitalBop Listening Sessions at the Atlas. At 7 p.m., we will sit down with Baum for an interactive and crowd-engaging talk, centered on videos of musicians that have inspired her over the years. They’ll help to illuminate the makeup of this remarkable artist. As always, the Riffin’ session is free, so come join us in conversation with one of the leading musicians in jazz today.