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Jamie Baum

Even before the release of the Jamie Baum Septet’s new album, Moving Forward, Standing Still (OmniTone), the disc had already received one important accolade: it garnered a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant for the flutist that will enable her to write more music for the septet and put on a couple performances. And though Baum’s compositions certainly have the kind of complex, surprising structures that please the academy, they were born of a desire to appeal to the average jazz junkie.

“I play, and have played for a long time, straightahead jazz. I love playing standards and came up doing that,” Baum says. “But you go to a club and hear people play a tune-the tune would be 12 bars and then everybody would take a solo for like 20 minutes. Most jazz players, they can solo for 20 minutes and they’re having fun, but I’m not so sure that that’s always the case for the listener.” In addition, she says, “a lot of times you hear people play over a tune, and it almost doesn’t matter what tune it is, what melody.”

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