JAMIE BAUM, though originally from Connecticut, is a NYC-based jazz flutist/composer; recording artist/clinician has toured extensively in the US, and in over 17 countries in Europe, South America Asia, and South Asia performing at festivals, clubs and concert halls. Receiving much critical praise for three CD's as a leader, Sight Unheard on Gunther Schuller's GM Recordings received four stars from DownBeat as did her newest CD, Moving Forward, Standing Still (OmniTone) featuring her Septet.
Baum's performed with luminaries ranging from Kenny Werner, Tom Harrell, Fred Hersch, Donald Brown, Kenny Barron and Randy Brecker to Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Paul Motian, George Russell, Mick Goodrick, V. M. Bhatt Hakim Ludin, Ursel Schlicht and Karaikudi Mani. Though focusing primarily on jazz, adept at performing jazz standards as well as originals, she has been involved in projects performing classical and new music, Brazilian, Indian and Latin music offering her ample opportunity to develop a strong personal style.
Some of the top clubs and festivals she has performed at include the Blue Note, Sweet Rhythm, Knitting Factory, Blues Alley, RegattaBar, The Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Venezuela Jazz Festival, Jazz Yatra (India), Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada), Katmandu Jazz Festival (Nepal), Rochester Jazz Festival, Bermuda Jazz Festival, JVC and Friehoffer's Jazz Festivals and the Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. She was chosen in '99, '01, '02 and '03 by the US State Department/ Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Program to tour extensively under their auspices (most recently w/Jerome Harris, Ken Wessel, Jeff Hirshfield).
A winner of several awards and grants, Baum was a recipient of the prestigious 2003 New Works: Creation and Presentation Award, a component of the Doris Duke/Chamber Music America Jazz Ensembles Project. She also won the '98, '99, '01 and '02 DownBeat Critic's Poll for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, their '03 and '04 Critic's Poll's Rising Star category, '04 Best Flutists category and was recently nominated by the Jazz Journal Association in the category of "Best Flutist of the Year" for their '05 awards.
Despite Baum's busy performance schedule, she has been an active teacher through private instruction at The New School (NYC) and at LIU as well as her work as a clinician. Her resume includes an extensive list of high schools and colleges (nationally and internationally) from Berklee College of Music to Houston's High School for the Performing Arts where she has taught workshops, master classes and clinics.
Ms. Baum received her BM degree from New England Conservatory (jazz: flute/composition) and her MM from Manhattan School of Music (jazz composition) and has studied flute with Ransom Wilson, Robert Stallman, Hubert Laws and Keith Underwood; jazz improvisation with Richie Bierach, Dave Liebman, Jaki Byard and Charlie Banacos and composition with Richard DeRosa, W. T. McKinnley and Ludmilla Ulehla.