The Jamie Baum Quintet featuring Jane Bunnett

Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Two Shows
7:00 PM – SOLD OUT!
9:00 PM – tickets available

Ticket Price: $20
Advance ticket purchase highly recommended!
Call 613-729-0693 for advance purchase by credit card or cash only at the door.

Jamie Baum – flutes
Jane Bunnett – Flute and Soprano sax
Paul Shrofel – piano
Zack Lober – bass
Nick Fraser – drums

Jamie Baum and Jane Bunnett bring new, Indian-influenced music to life
“Jamie Baum: her latest CD includes new ways of writing and improvising inspired by music from the Indian subcontinent. Jamie Baum is exploring new territory in her current Canadian tour, which reaches Ottawa on Saturday at GigSpace.”  Nov 27/13 read full article at:

“Baum must be one of the most interesting new voices on improvised flute to be heard in recent years.” — Jazz Magazine (U.K.)

Six questions for Jamie Baum (and two for Jane Bunnett) “New York-based Jamie Baum and Toronto-based Jane Bunnett — two of North America’s leading jazz flutists — are joining forces for the first time with a tour that will hit four Ontario cities (Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston) in the next week or so.” Nov 21/13 read full article: Peter Hum’s JazzBlog

Photo by: © Vincent Soyez 2013

The Jamie Baum Quintet with special guest and Canadian treasure, Jane Bunnett, comes to The GigSpace as part of a tour to celebrate the release of her 5th CD (Sunnyside Records). While her music is decidedly jazz, you’ll here influences from her several tours to South Asia and the music of Pakistani Qawwali vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn. Baum states “With great respect for their traditions and vast language, and without immersing myself in study, my goal hasn’t been to play or compose in those styles but to have it inspire new ways of writing and playing.” They will also features tunes by Jane Bunnett and Andy Milne.

JAMIE BAUM, NYC jazz flutist/composer/clinician has toured in over 28 countries working with several renowned musicians from George Russell, Mick Goodrick, Randy Brecker and Donald Brown to Dave Douglas, Ralph Alessi, Uri Caine, Wadada Leo Smith and Karaikudi Mani. Receiving critical praise for four CD’s as a leader, her fifth In This Life (Sunnyside), is due out 10/8/13. She was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for “Flutist of the Year “ in ’05, ’06 , ’09, ’10, ’12, ’13, has been in the DownBeat Critics Polls annually since ’98 and won #1 Rising Star Flutist in 2012. Among awards for composing, Baum won the ’99 International Jazz Composers Alliance Award, the CAP (American Music Center) , the 2003 New Works: Creation and Presentation Award and the 2007 Encore Award, both components of the Doris Duke/CMA Jazz Ensembles Project. She toured for the DOS/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador program from ’99 to ‘’03. An active clinician supported by Altus Flutes, Jamie is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.
– voted No. 1 Rising Star Flute in the 2012 Downbeat Critics Poll
-nom. “Flutist of the Year” Jazz Journalists Association Awards, ’13

“ **** (four stars) Exemplaire…(Solace is a) remarkable disc…” — Jazzman (France)
“Jamie Baum exhibits remarkable artistic facility as composer/arranger/bandleader/flutist.” — DownBeat

“…this reviewer decided to experience the Jamie Baum Septet at Joe’s Pub in the east village. The experience was nothing short of extraordinary.” — All About Jazz
“She’s a commanding soloist with an understated soulfulness.” — Jazziz

“Baum explores her own meticulous yet pliable compositions with (her septet) on an estimable recent album.” — New York Times

Jamie Baum Septet+In This Life (Sunnyside)
Reviewed In The New York Times
Sunday Playlist

A New York flutist, Ms. Baum has been recording with expanded small bands since the late ’90s; she’s into tone color and timbre and the blending of languages, jazz, and 20th-century classical and Afro-Latin music. But her composing ideas have gotten particularly strong on “In This Life” (Sunnyside), a septet album written after a trip to South Asia, with a front line including trumpets, guitar and bass clarinet, and rhythm sections alternately using tabla and congas, and trap-set drums. She’s capitalizing on the imagination of the musicians in her band, including the pianist John Escreet and the trumpeter Amir El-Saffar, but she’s got an elegantly persuasive composing hand. There are no pedantic mixtures here; she makes what she takes from classical minimalism and Indian qawwali mix together and feel natural. – Ben Ratliff


Record Featured On WBGO Radar

In this life, flutist Jamie Baum has studied hard and worked tirelessly to present her music to audiences around the globe.

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Baum has worked with Randy Brecker, Paul Motian, Fred Hersch, George Russell, Billy Hart and Tom Harrell, among others.

She’s been nominated numerous times as Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association, selected as Rising Star Flute by the Downbeat Critics Poll and traveled as a Jazz Ambassador on US State Department sponsored tours through South America.

Jazz Journal International says she has “developed a strong, personal sound with almost flawless intonation… a fine composer with imagination in abundance.” Sounds about right.

With In This Life, her fifth album as leader and her third fronting her septet, Jamie takes the inspiration of a trip in South Asia and the music of the late Pakistani Qawwali vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, and gives the listener a warm, virtuosic album that reveals more with each listen …read more

Photo by: © Vincent Soyez 2013

Photo by: © Vincent Soyez 2013

Jane Bunnett: Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands into showcases for the finest talent from Canada, the U.S.and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, and most recently, was honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence!

With an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University, Jane Bunnett, the Toronto soprano saxophonist, flutist and bandleader, has built her career at the crossroads between Cuban music and jazz. Twice nominated for Grammy Awards, (Best Latin Jazz Recording 2002 for Alma de Santiago and 2003 for Cuban Odyssey), a fixture of nominations for Canada’s Juno Awards, winner at Canada’s Urban Music Awards for Best Global Recording in 2003 for Cuban Odyssey, and honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2004; Toronto’s own jazz virtuoso has turned her bands into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United States and Cuba. Upheld by the likes of Paquito D’Rivera, the great Cuban saxophonist, Jane Bunnett is truly one of Canada’s most valuable artistic resources.

Bunnett’s Cuban connection started in 1982 when a trip to the island with husband Larry Cramer turned her musical world upside down. Everywhere Bunnett and Cramer went they found drummers whose rhythmic complexity liberated the senses; horn players who deployed amazing dexterity in the service of heartstopping lyricism; and pianists who could make any decrepit old upright roar like doom or sing like a heart in love. No fools, they took their horns and played along. “Over the years I developed relationships with some of Cuba’s legendary musicians,” Bunnett recalls. “I’ve had a great opportunity to learn the music in the streets and in the homes of these celebrated talents… and that’s what has fueled my vision.”

Since then Bunnett has moved from strength to strength, touring internationally and recording a string of critically lauded albums. Her house in Toronto’s west end has become a home away from home for a growing number of extraordinary young Cuban musicians who’ve migrated to Canada, many of whom have played in her group, The Spirits of Havana.

Bunnett’s recordings Embracing Voices, Radio Guantanamo, Cuban Odyssey, Alma de Santiago, Ritmo + Soul, Chamalongo, Havana Flute Summit, Jane Bunnett and The Cuban Piano Masters and her acclaimed first recording in Cuba, Spirits of Havana, have explored and combined elements of Cuban roots music with traditional contemporary jazz. Her newest release, Embracing Voices is an exciting departure from Jane’s past efforts, as it is the very first time that the majority of the tracks include vocals and guest vocalists, something that until now, Jane had never done.

Today, Jane Bunnett is a very recognizable name in the World Music and Jazz scenes but she has yet to crossover to mainstream audience, that is, until now!

With Jane’s love of the human voice as an instrument and past collaborations with a variety of vocalists at special events such as the yearly ‘Global Divas’ event, Embracing Voices is her very first recording where all of the tracks include the vocal talents from some of the Jazz & World scene’s best and includes songs in English, Creole and Spanish!

From the jazz world, both established singer songstress Molly Johnson and up-coming jazz diva Kellylee Evans lend their unique vocal styling to the project. From the world scene, Cuban rap star artist Telmary and Grupo Vocal Desandann, an extraordinary Cuban vocal group of Haitian descent are included. This very unique and world renowned ensemble is composed mainly of second and third generation Haitians who were born and raised in Cuba, and bring their incredible history and lineage to this project with vocal performances that demand attention!